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Farewell Manos Nathan

Author: Courtney Johnston, Director

In memory of artist Manos Nathan, who passed away this week.

From Toi Māori, via Facebook

From Toi Māori, via Facebook

The Dowse whanau saddened to hear today that artist Manos Nathan (Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) passed away yesterday.

Manos was born in Rawene in the Hokianga in 1948, and grew up in Titahi Bay in Porirua. He completed a Diploma of Textile Design at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1968–70, and in 2010 was inducted into Massey University's Hall of Fame.

A leading ceramic artist, Manos was a founding member of Ngā Kaihanga Uku, the national Māori clayworkers’ organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. A tireless promoter of contemporary Māori art and artists, Manos worked closely with Toi Māori Aotearoa over many years, including as chair of Te Atinga, the Contemporary Māori Visual Arts Committee. He was a kind and generous man to work with.

Manos's work is held in collections throughout New Zealand and around the world, including at The Dowse.

Aue, moe mai rā Manos. You will be deeply missed.

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