Shane HANSEN

Shane HANSEN

Shane Hansen’s influences are his Māori heritage, nature, his environment and he admires the work of graphic designers who developed the artistic practices such as Gordon Walters, Dick Frizzell and Wellingtonian Mark Ussher.

Shane studied art at high school but began his professional life as a fashion designer. He commandeered the sewing machine on which his mother had worked from home churning out nylon jackets and created the label Vampire, a series of jackets, shirts and t-shirts in bold colours decorated with cartoon characters he illustrated himself. He later designed garments for the International surf label T&C and New Zealand stalwarts Canterbury. He then trained as a graphic designer, eventually combining these two disciplines at Fly, where he was co-founder and creative director, carving out a niche creating innovative marketing and design strategies for corporate clients and retail stores.

Shane likes a strong, clean line. He has drawn constantly for as long as he can remember, and his creations spring from a world of bold colours and optimistic clarity, a pop-art invitation to a feel-good New Zealand celebration. He now designs his works from home and they are professionally applied to plywood or glass - raw materials that he says "aren’t too polished" and take on unique and unexpected qualities that add depth to his finished works.

But to overstate the simplicity of his work is also to underestimate it, as its approachability is often a friendly invitation to deeper contemplation. The word 'whanau', for example, is buried in the black, white and red curves of a large work on plywood and prompts reflection on the twisted, intricate nature of family ties. Another work featuring the word 'Aroha' is not cheerleading a one-sided celebration of this big emotion, but acknowledging its multilayered complexity. In these works, Shane is fusing his own Maori heritage and strong sense of family with his admiration for the clear graphic sensibility of the wharenui.

Shane HANSEN's Work

Te Kereru Rua Korimako Rua

Te Kereru Rua

Korimako Rua

Limited edition print (edition of 30)
45 x 45cm unframed
Limited edition print (edition of 75)
54 x 68cm unframed
 
Church Bay Gannet Concerned Gannet

Church Bay Gannet

Concerned Gannet

Limited Edition print (edition of 30)
50 x 50cm unframed
 
Limited edition print (edition of 30)
50 x 50cm unframed
Flight of the Kereru Te Kaka Rua

Flight of the Kereru

Te Kaka Rua

Limited edition print (edition of 30)
61 x 61cm unframed
Limited edition print (edition of 30)
61 x 61cm unframed
Childs Play Dance of the Hiwihiwi

Childs Play

Dance of the Hiwihiwi

Limited Edition Giclee Print
60cm x 60cm

Limited Edition Giclee Print
48.5cm x 71cm

Piopiotahi Kotuku Wairua Kotuku

Piopiotahi Kotuku

Wairua Kotuku

Limited Edition Giclee Print
Print size: 55 x 90cm
Limited Edition Giclee Print
100 x 50cm
Pania and Dragon Home Sweet Home

Pania and Dragon

Home Sweet Home

Limited Edition Screen Print
Framed: 41 x 59cm
Limited Edition Screen Print
Framed: 41 x 59cm
Te Kopara Topa Piwaiwaka

Te Kopara Topa

Piwaiwaka

Original Screen Print on Plywood 
Also available on gold alloy
Image size: 60 x 120cm
Original Screen Print on Oval Plywood
Image size: 52 x 62cm
Tui Kainga Whanau

Tui Kainga

Whanau

Limited Edition Screen Print
Print size: 75 x 56cm
Limited Edition Screen Print
Available in shimmer or gloss finish
Image size: 76 x 56cm
Te Karonga Pitoitoi Pania and Friendy

Te Karonga Pitoitoi

Pania and Friendy

Limited Edition Screen Print
Print size: 120 x 30cm
Limited Edition Screen Print
Print size: 45 x 30cm
Boy and Friendy Tuatara

Boy and Friendy

Tuatara

Limited Edition Screen Print
Print size: 45 x 30cm
Limited Edition Screen Print
44 x 39cm
Pik N Mix Tuatara Aotearoa

Pik N Mix

Tuatara Aotearoa

Limited Edition Screen Print
Image size: 30 x 30cm
Limited Screen Print on Oval Plywood
52 x 62cm
Red Tiki Green Tiki

Red Tiki

Green Tiki

Limited Edition Screen Print on Plywood
60 x 60cm
Limited Edition Screen Print on Plywood
60 x 60cm
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