Sofia Minson Artist

Artist Sofia Minson with native New Zealand bird artworks

Sofia Minson is an award winning New Zealand artist who paints finely detailed portrait, landscape and native bird works, inspired by her mixed Maori and European heritage and the land and myths of Aotearoa.

Her fine art limited edition giclee prints are personally embossed with a Sofia Minson signature and are accompanied with a signed certificate of authenticity.  Museum archival matte card and pigments have been used, ensuring lasting beauty and quality of your art investment for generations to come. Your Sofia Minson print will arrive at your door, unframed and sealed in a protective tube.

 

“Ngahuia” by Sofia Minson

$950.00

Limited Edition of 95 Fine Art Giclee Prints
780mm high x 475mm wide
Archival pigments printed on museum quality matte card
Personally embossed with a Sofa Minson signature
Signed Certificate of Authenticity provided
Unframed print arrives sealed in a protective tube

Product Description

This painting of Aotearoa’s native, extinct huia birds, along with its sister artwork “Tuihana“, which Minson painted concurrently, “flowed beautifully and was a joy to create” according to the artist.

Her process for both works started with loose, black, ink-like washes for the body of the bird using a vinyl, water based paint called flashe, and lastly came the fine detailing in black to give the huia a surreal, ornate quality. The triangle patterns that make up the branch are based on tāniko designs that are found in decorative Maori weaving used to decorate the borders of fine garments. The substantial wooden frame was chosen to bring out the birds’ characters, giving the impression of traditional human portraits.

The two sister paintings “Tuihana” and “Ngahuia” both have names that are fairly common for Maori women. This is another element that suggests personality and harkens to human portraiture.

Huia, with their black bodies, white tipped tail feathers and fleshy orange wattles, were the largest of New Zealand’s wattlebird species. Female and male huia had markedly different bill shapes making them the most extreme example of sexual bill dimorphism of any bird species. Maori named the bird after its loud, smooth call “uia, uia, uia.”

Sofia’s bird and landscape paintings bring her own attention to precious parts of the natural world that all of us, as kaitiaki or guardians, must work to protect. We still have the tui but the last accepted sighting of a huia was in 1907. Their extinction was due to predation by introduced mammals, the removal of swathes of their natural forested habitat and to a lesser extent, being hunted for their prized white tipped feathers. For Sofia, huia have become a strong symbol of her connection to the natural world and also her whakapapa or genealogy, often giving her the sense of an ancestral presence whiles she paints. Ngahuia shines a light on a part of nature that even generations after it has gone, we continue to cherish.

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Additional Information

Weight0.4 kg
Dimensions10 x 10 x 60 cm

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Sofia Minson is a portrait, landscape and native bird painter of Ngāti Porou (Māori), Swedish, English and Irish heritage. Using acrylics, oils and other mixed media, she works from her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.

Born in Auckland in 1984, Sofia spent much of her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China due to her father’s civil engineering work. On returning to New Zealand as a teenager, painting enabled her to reconnect with her homeland and her mixed Māori and European heritage, as well as celebrate the cultural and religious diversity that she had experienced overseas.

Since 2004 Sofia’s paintings have been exhibited and collected in the USA, Europe and throughout New Zealand. She has won three national art awards including the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award in 2005 and is a three-time finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s Adam Portraiture Awards, winning People’s Choice in 2012 when the finalists’ exhibition toured to Christchurch.