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Ayson Lewis

Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Ruapani

Ayson acknowledges the influence his family, and in particular his mother Kimihia (a traditional weaver) has had on his development as an artist. Ayson was one of the first students at Toihoukura in Gisborne. He became a fulltime artist in 2000, specialising in stone and wood carving, garden and gallery sculpture and Mäori design. As well as stone and wood, he uses feathers, shells, gourd, fibre, paints, ink and metals in his works. Recently he has been exploring the art of ta moko.

His overseas experiences include an Aesthetic Arts programme at the McCullum Arts Institute in Palm Desert, California, and an artist’s residency at Ballance House in Belfast, Northern Ireland.



• Gifted Sands 2009

• Various Toihoukura exhibitions

• Festival of the Arts, Wellington 1994-2009

• South Pacific Festival of the Arts

• NZ Consulate in Singapore