"Maori Welcome (New Zealand)", 2019
Artist: John Peaspanen
About the Artwork: The Maori are well-known for their facial tattoos and the fierce Haka Dance displays upon greeting visitors. This tribe began as Polynesian settlers arrived in New Zealand around 1350 in their ocean-faring canoes called waka.
“I created this series of indigenous portraits to celebrate the diversity and unique tribal beauty found across the globe. Societal ideals and ideas of what is beautiful vary among cultures. One group’s perfection can often seem extreme to others. However, it is in these unique displays that we see that we are all not so different, after all. We are all ONE TRIBE.” —John Peaspanen
Media: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 20" wide by 20" Tall
Framed: Gallery wrapped