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One of life’s most rewarding experiences is collecting fine art, and sometimes it’s best to take a little more time to make these acquisitions with ease. We understand and want to do everything possible to make collecting your next artwork more comfortable. At Coastal Peoples Gallery, we offer an interest-free layaway program and offer flexible terms which can be customized to your individual needs.
Kerry Thompson is a master of traditional wearable art. He is one of New Zealand's best known and most skilled carvers with an unmistakable style that speaks of the deep respect he has for his craft, his culture and his tribe. His roots are in the far north of the North Island where he lives with his family and has his studio.
He is heavily involved in promoting Maori culture in general and art in particular, worldwide, and is a very sought after artist. He exhibits in galleries all over Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. He also regularly leads cultural delegations travelling the world to raise the profile of indigenous peoples.
Kerry is the ultimate master of his craft, working in wood, bone, jade and metal, often combining all of these materials into stunning works of art that are unequalled anywhere.
Hei-Matau represents prosperity, abundance and fertility. The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life. They are worn to protect travelers over water, and are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people. They were used practically as a tool for fishing and often decorated as a sign of respect for sea creatures.