Shane is an artist, a graphic, furniture and fashion designer, a loving husband and doting Dad to two boys. Born in New Zealand in the 1970s, he is of Māori (Tainui, Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Hine), Chinese, Danish and Scottish descent. The benefactor of a life lived long and well in Aotearoa. This country is in his blood, his heart and in his art.
His artistic world is one of bold colours, modern Māori motifs, optimism and clarity, inspired by his journey of cultural discovery and an admiration for pop-art, strong graphics and the environment that surrounds him.
As well as depicting the various shapes and tones of Aotearoa, Shane’s works express, confront and celebrate who he is, where he’s from and how he feels. Shane describes his work aptly: “it’s my therapy, kai for the mind and soul”.
Shane began his career as a self-taught fashion designer, setting up his own label at the age of 19. Subsequently he worked for New Zealand labels Canterbury International and Town & Country Surf Designs. In 2009, he started making art for a living, and since then, he hasn’t looked back. Career highlights include: 2016 – commissioned by the N.Z.O.C. to design the team uniforms and village sculpture for the NZ Rio Summer Olympic Team. 2014 – commissioned by Sheppard Cycles to create an original bike to be presented to HRH Prince George during the New Zealand Royal Tour and in 2010 – one of five Māori artists selected to create Māori designs for Rugby World Cup 2011, where his designs were then licensed for the International market.