Lantern - Shane Hansen
Shane Hansen is an artist, a designer of graphics, furniture, and fashion, a loving husband, and doting dad to two gorgeous boys. Born in New Zealand in the 1970s, he is of Maori (Tainui, Ngati Mahanga, Ngati Hine), Chinese, Danish, and Scottish descent. Aotearoa is in his blood, in his heart, and in his art. Shane’s creations spring from the characters, creatures, moods, memories, and moments lying deep within the country he calls home. His artistic world is one of bold colours, modern Maori motifs, optimism and clarity inspired by his multicultural heritage, and an admiration for pop art, strong graphics, and a profound appreciation of the landscapes that surround him. As well as depicting the various shapes and tones of Aotearoa, Shane’s works represent ideas about who he is, where he comes from, and how he fits into the country he grew up in. His work has become a channel for an ongoing examination of his multicultural heritage, and he is determined to continue pushing the parameters of what he can express and achieve through it.