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.
Caitlin is best known as ceramics artist working with line and pattern. Tiger flower is her first mural and was named by a young girl passing by while the mural was in progress
Craig McClure + Simon Blanchett
This collaborative piece by Craig McClure and Simon Blanchett depicts two Mexican wrestlers in response to the site being on top of the restaurant Mexico.
Denise Fort is a New Zealand artist inspired by the unique shapes of nature she finds both on her backdoor step and around the world. German-born, with Czech roots, Denise is an accomplished, well-travelled artist who has exhibited in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada. Living back and forth between Canada and New Zealand for the last years, she now lives and works as a full-time NZ artist from her home studio and art gallery in the coastal town of Raglan.
Denise’s style has captured the hearts of the New Zealand people. Over the years, she has been invited to commission several mural works, which now feature on walls, skate bowls, and cafes across the country.
What makes Denise’s art unique is her detailed, illustrative style and playful storytelling using bold black marker lines, which have become her signature medium.
Jeremy Shirley is one of Hamilton’s best-known muralists and has work spread widely around the city, the country and abroad.
Shirley’s unique style has been making its way around Hamilton before street art was widespread in the city.
He commonly uses symbols of everyday objects and motifs with bold colours and is often recognised for his work in bus stops around Hamilton.
Pauly B is a Hamilton-based muralist, painter, and performer of live art.
This piece was the artist’s first solo mural. The bird, a symbol of dreaming and flying high, is connected with lines of vision and aims to encourage people to have aspirations for themselves and create dreams for the future.
Poihakena Ngāwati (Waikato Tainui) depicts the story of Te Wheke a Muturangi.
In Māori mythology, Te Wheke a Muturangi is a monstrous octopus destroyed by Kupe the navigator.
Ngāwati is a Hamiltonian, muralist and Wintec graduate with a number of impressive works around Hamilton.
Trustme (Ross Liew) is an Auckland based artist. His mural sitting close to the Waikato River, responds to the Waikato whakatauki “Waikato Taniwharau, He piko, he taniwha, He piko, he taniwha,” literally translating to, “Waikato of a hundred chiefs; At every bend, a chief; At every bend, a chief.”
The word ‘chiefs’ is visible within the number ‘100’.
The Underwater Collective is a collaborative group of artists from the Waikato create object-based installations. Their artwork collides everyday icons with wild dream-scape imaginings.
Their work is pure improvisation; each artist responding to what another artist is working on.
Te Haunui Tuna
Te Haunui Tuna was raised in Waimana, a small town out of Whakatane. He 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.
He graduated form Te Kuratini o Waikato with a Bachelor in Media Arts, focusing more on video and fine art. Interested in art inspired by comic books, movies and gaming his main passion is his Maori heritage; whether it's depicting Atua Maori (Maori Gods), myths and legends, creating personifications inspired from stories or etching whakapapa (genealogy) and life journeys onto people. This piece is Te Haunui’s first mural and depicts Tūhoe’s part in the battle of Ōrākau.