Simon Kaan

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Simon Kaan describes his work as ‘biological landscapes’, animated vistas that piece together a sense of belonging and explore a multi-dimensional sense of self.

…those Chinese artists, traditionally were engaged with (land) in the same way as Māori think about whenua here… The spiritual nature of it.

Born in Dunedin in 1971 to a Chinese father and Ngāi Tahu mother, it is not surprising that his whakapapa and strong sense of his Ngāi Tahu heritage, has grounded him in the cultural and physical local landscape, the subject of many of his paintings.

His Chinese heritage has had equal influence and is as interwoven within his work as it is within him as an individual.

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