Justin Kite

Justin Kite (Ngati Kahungunu) I have taught Visual Art and Design in New Zealand and Shanghai, China since 2006. Living and working in a range of different countries has been a major stimulus in my art-making process. Taking observations of diversity and everyday situations. I play with the multi-layers of societal contexts, attempting to highlight the complexities and randomness of post-modern life. New works on plywood are combine, mixed media works with subject matter and narrative inspired by pop culture such as games, music lyrics and media. I also like to explore visual conventions such as scale, contrast, and movement. I try to capture melodrama, with figurative and the abstract. I often integrate my Māori culture; every work is a self-portrait. I hope that the viewers appreciate my art, whether it is aesthetically or on a deeper level. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. Justin Kite.