PAUL OLSON (Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Hine,Te Aupōuri) has a presence that is at once global and other worldly. Descended from the far north of Aotearoa New Zealand, and also a Thirkettle, through his mother, (Norwegian, Scottish, Irish) he weaves his ancestral roots together in his art. His whakapapa is both global and local and he brings this to his work. It’s timeless and deep, rich with story and meaning.
Often, Paul will draw from lessons learned when he was a teenager learning in Ralph Hotere’s studio: “It was always obvious when he was going to begin work. Something in the air would change.”