Boris Bandits is the collaboration of Gwilym Devery and E Bone, two talented illustrators and muralists hailing from Wellington. Boris Bandits bring a strong and playful graphic style to their work. Their ambitious piece for Boon 2015 depicts a taniwha, wrapping itself around the architecture of the building on Ward Street.
Christie Wright is a Napier-based designer, illustrator and muralist who has left a trail of her bright and fluid murals all over New Zealand during the last few years. She has painted one of our festivals biggest ‘walls’, the Hamilton Central Library.
Charles + Janine
Charles (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi) is a founding member & president of the world championship winning crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), a collective of creatives from around the world who continue to push artistic boundaries.
Si Omer AKA Cracked Ink has been involved in both street art and the art gallery scene in New Zealand. He likes to work in the moment, conducive to the medium of aerosol paint and is interested in exploring attitude and expression.
Craig is a doodler, painter, illustrator, muralist, curator, festival director and project manager. He uniquely employs an amalgamation of illustration with contemporary painting engaging an ethereal undercurrent of symbol and storytelling in his artwork.
Māori artist Daniel Ormsby’s usual mediums are painting, Whakairo (carving), and Ta Moko (tattooing). Daniel's deeply reflective storytelling is part of a conscious effort to enable Toi Māori visibility in Hamilton’s central community spaces.
Denise’s art uses detailed, illustrative style and playful storytelling using bold black marker lines, which have become her signature medium. She has been invited to commission several mural works, which now feature on walls, skate bowls, and cafes across the country.
Enox aka Iain is another of New Zealand’s proudly homegrown artists. Having already brought his urban contemporary style to a range of other mediums we were delighted to have him bring his crew of energetic and positive characters to the walls of our streets.
Aucklander Erika Pearce is a vibrant multi-disciplined artist and a passionate conservationist. We were pleased to invite Erika to Kirikiriroa to tell her inspirational stories of the beauty of both wahine and the natural world.
Gina Kiel is an artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. She creates feminine yet strong images that exude sensuality and explore the human experience through ideas of life, death, spirituality and pop culture using flowing lines and forms and bold, minimal compositions with a psychedelic palette.
A budding part of the local art community, Kalani has completed the beloved Duck Island mural as her first big wall. For BOON she was interested in telling stories of her South American whakapapa.
Kelcy is from Aotearoa |New Zealand. Cultural identity, popular culture, technology and science fiction have been the source for many of his works. 2019 saw a shift towards the conceptual and abstract territory of Māori customary art forms and a concept within te ao Maori, te kore, te-wiwia - a space without boundaries. Te kore, te-wiwia is centred in grey space thinking - away from absolutes.
Kell is a multidisciplinary Kiwi artist with a focus on street art in a bright, fresh palette. We were keen to bring her back to Hamilton after her graceful work on a temporary wall resonated strongly with our community. For her 2019’s work she collaborated with local spoken-word poet Michael Moore to create something a bit different.
Kieran Horner aka ‘Point Chev’ is a Kirikiriroa local and Wintec graduate who works as a fulltime tattooist at Holiday Tattoo alongside two other local artists. Despite specialising in black and grey work he was more than happy to pick up a paintbrush and help us bring some colour and fun to the walls of Hamilton City.
Melinda Butt is an artist on a mission, sharing BOON’s belief in the power of art to transform and enhance communities' experience of everyday spaces. Melinda brought her geometric shapescapes to Kirikiriroa in the Boon Street Art Festival 2019.
Pounamu Wharekawa (Ngai te Rangi, they / themme / ia) is an angry indigenous bad bitch, fine artist, illustrator and muralist. They make art that speaks about intersections of identity through the lens of a queer, small town turned urban Māori living their best boring life in the big smoke of Kirikiriroa.
Regan has spent her life-time learning. A High School teacher in Mathematics and Art, Regan had her first solo exhibition in 20015 at Hei Tiki Gallery in Rotorura. She has gone on to exhibit throughout New Zealand, Italy, Australia, America, Rarotonga and Tahiti. She is particularly interested in the ability to connect people and share stories through her her work.
T Wei is a Wellington based artist whose particular style is pop-surrealism.
His piece responds to the Waikato river in particular reflecting on the importance of the awa itself and the eels within it. The fisherman’s head is a bucket that is holding the eels. It's a playful reflection of its surroundings.
Techs & Hine+
Poihakena Ngāwati and his partner Hana Maihi (aka Techs and Hine+) are known in Hamilton for their collaborating on the vast ‘Te Hono Ki Matariki’ mural that graces Wintec’s Anglesea St wall.
Te Haunui Tuna
Te Haunui Tuna grew up admiring art and was always found with a pencil in hand drawing pictures and entering local art competitions. Later on, he started to experiment with painting, air brushing, tattooing, sculpting, using ink pens and digital programmes to create new art work.
Te Marunui's extensive art practice considers creative practice as both a reflection of and method to facilitate healing in Urban Māori identity. Aiming to visualize the process of going from 'blackness to taha Maori' in a series of artworks as a healing tool for himself and for others processing a similar journey.
Multidisciplinary Californian artist Tony Diaz painted our first BOON brokerage wall in January 2020 before bringing his highly detailed style to Boon Street Art Festival 2020, with a little bit of help from his father Mike.