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Israel Birch

Israel Birch (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Tawake, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) is considered one of New Zealand’s most talented Māori artists. Working with steel and lacquer, the mirror polish of his patterned works appears to absorb light and then refract it back from layers that sit just below the surface of the picture plane. Birch’s artworks are suffused with luminous colour, rich shadows, and ripples as the viewer or the light source shifts.