Rohe: Ōtautahi


Asher was born in Ōtautahi and raised in Ōhinehou. He used his passion for painting as a vehicle on a journey to discover and reconnect with his whakapapa Māori. This journey took him to Te Papaioea, where he studied at Massey University to gain a Masters in Māori Visual Art. After art school he divided his time between his personal painting practice and work in various art galleries and museums. This journey eventually led him back to his Tūhoe iwi in Te Urewera where he worked for the tribal administrative body in a position involved with the management of archives, artworks and taonga.
After his father passed in 2017, Asher returned to Te Waipounamu to care for the family home and to be close to his siblings. He currently works as a technician and visitor host for Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch Art Gallery, while also maintaining his studio practice.
Asher considers his art practice a duty to his culture. “I advocate for the proliferation of Māori Visual Art as a part of maintaining the continuum of our Māori Visual Culture.”     


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