Title:  Ocean People

Artist:  Taryn Beri

Iwi:  Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa, Kāi Tahu

Description:  Paint on canvas

Materials:  acrylic paint, glitter, ink, gloss

Artist Statement:

Taryn is largely a traveling artist in Aotearoa and around the world.  A Tāmoko practitioner and 2D visual artist who  has lived and worked attending arts events throughout the Pacific, parts of Asia, America and Europe.  Ocean People is symbolic of her travel but also the many nations of people she has connected with across oceans.

Dimensions:  305 X 250 mm


Taryn Te Uira Beri

Nō Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Toarangatira, me Kāi Tahu a Taryn. She specialises in tāmoko, digital art, contemporary Māori painting, spoken word poetry and performance art. Her journey as a professional artist started in 2008 when she moved to Gisborne to study at Toihoukura Māori Art School after which she began an intense one-on-one tāmoko apprenticeship in Te Tairāwhiti with tohunga Mark Kopua. Over three years she learned tikanga, patterns and designs associated with Tāmoko. In 2011, Taryn studied Mātauranga Māori at Te Wānanga o Raukawa and in 2012 she set out to develop her art practice as a full-time professional artist. Prior to 2008, her background was in Māori fashion and adornment and graphic design, branding, marketing and business management.


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