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artist statement

My journey as an artist defines my very being.
It is my chosen career and I hold it with great pride and focus.

I am dedicated to the on going process of keeping my art practice alive,
dynamic and progressive; this requires constant work, research and development.

As a multi disciplined artist I have amalgamated aspects of carving, painting and sculpture into my work to produce a unique art form.

I feel privileged to have been at the inception of Te Toi Ho at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University (1994 - 1999 ); and to have been taught by two prominent New Zealand artists, Brett Graham and Selwyn Muru. To have taken part in the cross cultural dialogue between Maori and Pakeha art forms has been an invaluable experience.

Through this process I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of the interplay of symmetry and organic composition found in nature. This has become an on going conversation in my work.

Since 1994 I have been working with mediums such as stainless steel, tar and gesso. I have been developing a technique that allows the work to continuously evolve with the ever changing light conditions of it’s environment.

My work is meditative in nature it explores the subconscious language of symmetry and motion.

Daniel Blanshard.

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