Lonnie Hutchinson draws on her Maori (Ngāi Tahu) and Samoan ancestry to create works that speak to place and history. Paying homage to Pacific women and their traditional arts, her work frequently incorporates Māori kowhaiwhai and koru motifs alongside Polynesian designs and frangipani forms and patterns found in weaving, siapo and tivaevae. Commentary on socio-cultural and political issues for indigenous people is also embodied in Lonnie’s work. Best known for her signature cut-out works in black builders paper, Lonnie has worked in a wide variety of media and scales.
Lonnie completed a Bachelor of Design at Unitec in 1997. As well as a prolific exhibiting career both nationally and internationally, Lonnie has been awarded a number of international residencies and has completed numerous large scale public commissions. In 2015 Lonnie was awarded the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Contemporary Artist Award. Lonnie’s work also belongs in a number of international private and public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery, Banff, Canada, The Dowse Art Museum, New Zealand High Commission, Washington, Massey University and David Teplitsky Collection, Hong Kong.