Kelcy Taratoa
Kelcy Taratoa (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) has long been interested in the liminal spaces between things, the grey space that is neither one thing or another. This ambiguity has been a defining characteristic of his practice exploring the complexity of identity formation in the 21stcentury.  That exploration traverses Māori iconography drawn from his home mare, urban alienation, comic book culture and political issues around the role of the state and surveillance.

Ambiguity plays out conceptually and materially. In earlier work, figuration and abstraction interact with figurative form dissolving into abstract pattern and blocks of colour at close viewing. In more recent work, we see an exploration of how form, colour and pattern embody ideas and speak to and across cultures, creating broad-ranging conversations ranging from Te Ao Māori to Te Ao Whānui. A signature style unifies his various bodies of work. This is characterised by vibrantly-coloured, super-flat immaculate surfaces meticulously hand painted on canvas teasing the digital with the absence of any visual brush marks.

What we see also across all his work is a timelessness. Some of the earlier paintings, for example, Disappearing Reimagined made in 2012, speak almost presciently to a then unimagined global pandemic and the role of female (non-white male) leadership in creating new ways of operating in the world.

Kelcy Taratoa completed a Masters in Māori Visual Arts at Massey University in 2005 and quickly attracted attention with solo exhibitions in 2005 at Te Manawa Public Art Gallery, and in 2006 at City Galley Wellington. He has exhibited steadily since then throughout New Zealand and in the United States. Recent highlights include
Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, at Auckland Art Gallery; two major commissions at Christchurch Art Gallery in association with Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania; Who am I? Episodes – a mid-career survey at Tauranga Art Gallery in 2019-20. In 2021, a bilingual English and Te Reo book was published on his practice – Kelcy Taratoa: Who am I? Episode 001 written by Dr Warren Feeney.
Aro Transcending the Ambiguity of Existence
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Aro Transcending the Ambiguity of Existence
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
I ara rā
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
I ara rā
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Kia Aupikinga te Poukapa
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Kia Aupikinga te Poukapa
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Stop making Sense
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Stop making Sense
2019
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1190 x 840 x 36mm
Te Tihi o Manono
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000mm
Te Tihi o Manono
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000mm
Get with the Pink
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1190 x 840mm
Get with the Pink
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1190 x 840mm
Silence
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800mm
Silence
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800mm
I have spoken
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
450 x 450mm
I have spoken
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
450 x 450mm
Te Rangi Tūhāhā
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
450 x 450mm
Te Rangi Tūhāhā
2020
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on linen
450 x 450mm
Ao-a-kura
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1000 x 1000 x 65mm
Ao-a-kura
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1000 x 1000 x 65mm
The Grey Matter
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1840 x 1350 x 35mm
The Grey Matter
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1840 x 1350 x 35mm
Matangi-reia
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Matangi-reia
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Rangi-atea
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Rangi-atea
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Tawhiri-rangi
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Tawhiri-rangi
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1000 x 1000 x 65mm
Te Toi-o-ngā-rangi
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
1000 x 1000 x 65mm
Whakamoe-ariki
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Whakamoe-ariki
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Whare-kura
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Whare-kura
2021
Kelcy Taratoa
acrylic on canvas
450 x 450 x 65mm
Without Conscience
2013

acrylic on linen
450 x 450 x 70mm
Without Conscience
2013

acrylic on linen
450 x 450 x 70mm
Exposure
2012

acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800 x 70mm
Exposure
2012

acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800 x 70mm
Vivid Vibration
2009

acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000 x 70mm
Vivid Vibration
2009

acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000 x 70mm
Downloaded
2007

acrylic on linen
3050 x 2130 x 70mm
Downloaded
2007

acrylic on linen
3050 x 2130 x 70mm
Garvis... Are you there?
2009

acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000 x 70mm
Garvis... Are you there?
2009

acrylic on linen
1000 x 1000 x 70mm
Disappearing Reimaged 16
2012

acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800 x 70mm
Disappearing Reimaged 16
2012

acrylic on linen
1800 x 1800 x 70mm