Ta moko artist and accomplished painter who works across a variety of mediums.
Tyler-Jade is a talented artist and ta moko
practitioner who has been creating since as early as she can remember. A
descendant of Rereahu, she grew up in South Auckland where art was always a
prominent part of her life. Drawing from
a young age, Tyler-Jade has developed a strong painting practice that draws
upon her cultural heritage. Working with oil and acrylic paints she
weaves ta moko and kowhaiwhai patterns with realistic representations of female
figures to create striking images of wahine toa. She says that growing up she
felt that the feminine energy in her area was low and painting was a way to
address this imbalance.
Her natural graphic and storytelling
ability has translated seamlessly into her ta moko practice. In 2013 Tyler-Jade
began working with the House of Natives, headed by reputable ta moko artist
Gordon Toi who asked her to take up ta moko. Tyler-Jade apprenticed with the
House of Natives crew under the guidance of Gordon for two years and is
thankful for the opportunity she was given to learn from such a talented and
knowledgeable artist. Ta moko has added another dimension to her artistic identity
and she enjoys getting to know her clients and bringing their stories to life
through a combination of contemporary design and ancient markings.