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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz

Joe Kemp (Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Te Arawa (Ngati Makino)
New Zealand Contemporary Maori sculptor and carver

joe kemp nz maori carver and sculptor

Kia Ora Tatou
 
My name is Joe, married to Sherie and we have three sons. We have lived in Lake Rotoma in the Bay of Plenty for the last fifteen years. I was born in Christchurch but we moved up to the Bay of Plenty when I was two, and have been here ever since. My tribal connections are Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Te Arawa (Ngati Makino). I have been into art since I can remember only finding my sculpting ability 14 years ago.
I am self-taught and find it a great privelage to be able to create with these mediums and art forms.  I enjoy carving human form, especially females.  I feel doing human form connects me with my ancestral history which brings a whole new meaning and purpose to the finished art work. I use wood as my main medium and enjoy the secrets and surprises that our native timbers have with them.  I sense a connection with Tane Mahuta (the life force of the tree) as I'm working with the wood, so it is quite a special feeling. I also carve a variety of stone, where again there is a connection with Papatuanuku (Earth Mother).  I look to bring out the Wairua (essence) in each piece, starting from where the material originated and using any special features and grains in the stone and wood. Thanks for taking the time to stop and look at my work. Joe


Congratulations to Joe on winning first prize at the 2012 Lake House Wood Sculpture Symposium.
Joe has done it again Lake House Wood Sculpture Live 2013 With a stunning piece entiteld "My Kaitiaki"


Click here to see Joe's exhibition November 2016

Click here to see Joe's latest exhibition April 2019

Click here to see Joe's exhibition November 2021


Te Haa Mauri ("A fresh breath")


This collection of works depicts life, given from Tane Mahuta ( The God of the Forest ). I enjoy the fact that the wood is so old, and I am able to be a part of it's life cycle. I feel the work creates itself, showing the Essence and the Mana of these (once were Magnificent Trees) I hope you enjoy viewing my work and seeing the life installed back into our Native timbers! Kia ora Koutou.
(please note each piece has it's own meaning - please feel free to contact us to have this explained)
Joe Kemp nz Maori sculptor, swamp totara, whenua
Whenua Size: 210cm tall Swamp Totara, Andesite ENQUIRE NOW
Joe Kemp carved maori masks, totara
New 2020 Te Ao Tapu Totara Size: 66cm tall x 33cm wide Te Ao NoaTotara Size: 60cm tall x 34cm wide ENQUIRE NOW

joe Kemp Maori carvings, Hinewaroa
 
Joe Kemp nz Maori sculptor, Manaia with Armour, Macrocarpa
 
Joe Kemp carved masks. teatawhai
New 2020 Hinewaroa
Swamp Totara Size: 100cm tall x 31cm wide
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Manaia with Armour
Macrocarpa 215cm tall ENQUIRE NOW
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New 2020 Teatawhai
Swamp Totara Size: 97cm tall x 30cm wide
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Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor, wood, totara
 
Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor, swamp totara

Nga moko o Tane Size: 73cm tall
River Totara (Manawatu) ENQUIRE NOW
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Tangata Whetu Size: 194cm and 170cm tall
Swamp Totara, Swamp Hinau $22000 ENQUIRE NOW
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Tangata Whetu (Underneath)
Swamp Totara, Swamp Hinau ENQUIRE NOW
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New 2020 Tuwhakaoho Size: 98cm tall x 46cm wide
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Lady in Black Size: 73cm tall
Swamp Totara $9000 ENQUIRE NOW
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Timata Size: 184cm tall Sold
Swamp Totara on Steel Stand ENQUIRE NOW

Joe Kemp nz maori wood carving, pono sculpture
Joe Kemp nz maori wood sculptor, te wa kokiri, swamp kauri
Joe Kemp nz maori sculptor, wood carving
Pono (Truth) Size: 210cm tall x 50cm wide
Swamp Totara $18,000.00 Enquire Now Sold
NEW 2020 Te Wa Kokiri Size: 225cm tall x 100cm wide x 45cm deep
Swamp Kauri Head (turns) on Japanese Cedar Base Enquire Now
Hine Kauri Size: 180cm tall x 60cm wide
Kauri (Northland) Enquire Now

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E Tu Swamp Totara
Size: 2.01m tall $8500
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Te Whaiao Totara, Oamaru Stone, Piecock Totara Stand
Size: 195cm tall
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Joe Kemp traditional maori carvngs and sculpture, New Zealand art
Joe Kemp nz wood sculptor and maori carvings
Noa Swamp Totara, Whale Bone, Macrocarpa Base $13,000.00 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
Manaia Kauri (220cm tall) $15,500 ENQUIRE NOW Sold

Joe Kemp NZ Maori carver and sculptor, swamp wood, figures
Hine ti tama Size: 154cm tall x 80cm wide Swamp Totara $27,000 ENQUIRE NOW Sold

Click here to see Joe's latest exhibition November 2016

 
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The Promenade, 162 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 4456665 Cell: +64 021 577078
Email: art@artbythesea.co.nz