KAURI CLIFF ART GALLERY
BY AWARD WINNING ARTIST TONY HOWSE
ABOUT TONY HOWSE
Tony Howse has been sculpting New Zealand native timber for over 30 years.
His appreciation for, and knowledge about the wood is reflected in all his work, creating beautiful Kauri artworks and design pieces that embrace New Zealand's natural environment and cultural history.
The Coromandel has been Tony’s home for the past 45 years and it has been a major influence in his exploration of sea life and the coastal landscape through his salvaged Kauri wood sculptures.
Tony is driven by his ability to see wood and stone in its raw form, and visualise the artwork within the piece. He derives great pleasure in enabling people to see the hidden beauty that lies within native and exotic timbers.
Private collectors in Germany and other European countries, Japan and America have acquired most of his work to date.
Conservation is at the heart of everything Tony does, and he uses salvaged Kauri wood collected all around the Coromandel Peninsula for his sculpture work. Tony has also replanted many Kauri trees, and has been awarded the Pride of NZ Award for his conservation efforts.
THE HISTORY OF KAURI AND ITS FORM
New Zealand’s giant conifer, the Kauri (Agathis Australis) tree, once dominated the Coromandel landscape in New Zealand, looming large in the lives of the country’s first inhabitants, and later the European settlers.
Dating back to the Jurassic period, Kauri trees are amongst the largest and longest living trees in the world.
The British came to the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand to fell Kauri in the 1830 - 1890's, and used them for spars for their warships. Kauri’s unique quality of having a mostly branchless trunk provided knot-less timber with extraordinary strength. Later, the trees were exported to America to build the city of San Francisco during the gold boom, and to the UK to refurbish the City of London. Early loggers would take the trunk and leave the head and root system of the tree behind.
SLIDESHOW OF HISTORIC KAURI TRADE
Sculptor Tony Howse has devoted himself to recovering what Kauri head remain and he collects this precious wood all over the Coromandel Peninsula. Within the knotted, twisted and ancient wood, lies timber grain of extraordinary colour and beauty. Guided by the contour and patterns of the wood, Tony spends a long time contemplating each individual piece of salvaged Kauri to see which shape hides within, before he starts the work of sculpting, uncovering the form. He also uses parts of the root system as table legs for his Kauri Design pieces.Tony Howse uses native birds and other forms from nature as the main inspiration for his artworks.
Kauri Cliff Art Gallery makes sure that each work of art is safely delivered to your home, in a custom designed and built crate. The crates come with handles, and each sculpture is packed internally with the latest in foam and strapping techniques, all to ensure a safe passage for your new artwork.
Customs clearance and insurance is also taken care of by Kauri Cliff Art Gallery, meaning that purchasing an artwork from us is hassle-free.
We can deliver to your door anywhere in the world within approximately 10 days from purchase date.
RECIPIENT OF PRIDE OF NZ AWARDS 2014
Combining his passion for Kauri, native birds and conservation, Tony has designed and developed the Karangahake Native Bird Reserve, located in the famous Karangahake Gorge, Coromandel, New Zealand.
Tony was a recipient of the 2014 Pride of NZ Conservation Award for his work establishing this reserve, and encouraging young people to participate in replanting it with native trees. This beautiful reserve continues to flourish, with populations of aquatic life and native birds returning.
Tony is now working on a new project, the development of the Spring Creek Reserve, also situated in the Karangahake Gorge.
— Christine Webb, Rua Tui Commission Artwork