THE BIG IDEA | AUCKLAND March 2017
Contemporary Maori artist Jimmy James Kouratoras talks to The Big Idea ahead of his solo exhibition The Classics, featuring portraits of film-making legends.
JUDITH WRIGHT GALLERY| BRISBANE June 2016
Colours Collective is a place where artists show and sell their goods, say their bit through video and do their bit by supporting a charity of their choice. Inspired by the unique talent of Jimmy James K they made this stunning video.
ORA GALLERY | NEW YORK June 2015
New York is an artistically vibrant city with a cutting edge taste for contemporary art. Some estimates count 1500 art galleries in New York. But few independent galleries in New York boast the location of Ora and just off 14th Street, right in the middle of Manhattan, is a tiny oasis of New Zealand.
New Zealand artist Jimmy James Kouratoras was excite dot be part of an inaugural exhibition where all his works sold immediately to the fine denizens of Manhattan. Kouratoras is delighted that now New York too has a taste of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
KAITIAKI | AUCKLAND December 2014
After having exhibited at Agora gallery in New York’s art Mecca in the Chelsea district, Kouratoras’ exhibition KAITIAKI at the Nathan Club (2015) was a collection of exciting large-scale paintings, photographic works and mixed media painted prints.
NZ HERALD | ‘New Zealand’s bright young things’ | T.J McNamara 2013
A spate of exhibitions from some of New Zealand’s bright young things shows they’re shaping up nicely.
The Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery on the third floor of the splendid old wool stores in The Strand opens its new season with a first show by artist Jimmy James Kouratoras. The show is called Pou, which refers to the posts that support the roof of a Maori wharenui. The posts are carved to represent ancestors and tribal stories. Nevertheless, there is a strong European influence too because most of these works are painted on canvas in vivid modern colours. Some recall the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Viennese painter who loved Northland and lived a large part of his life there.
Like Hundertwasser, these paintings represent the working of the spirit and nature as represented by the gods. One typically striking painting represents Tumatauenga (God of War). The post-like figure of the god has bands of bright colour and stands out against a dark background. Not all the work is quite so fierce. Te Ra (Sun), a blaze of gold, makes great use of the puriri moths that flit about like spirit messengers. Equally bright but rather less effective is Burn Metamorphosis (Pepetuna), which also incorporates the puriri moth but here they look like asymmetrical butterflies and the lines of force that stream up through the canvas would work by themselves to create the force of the painting.
The mixture of motifs is notable in Putahi Nga Wairua, a work that makes great use of the Maori kite shape alongside Greek lettering.
The exhibition is completed by six sculptures made from wooden posts. The electric colour does not sit so well on these as it does on the spectacular paintings, but altogether this is a remarkably strong and vivid debut show.
Published in the NZ Herald on the 27 Feb 2013 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10868137