Tuffery’s journey is an open and expansive one, its wonder and revelations shared generously, as a gift, in his art. It illuminates the sea around him, showing us aspects of our world, our society and our lives that would otherwise remain unseen.
Tim Walker, Director, TheNewDowse, New Zealand

Welcome to micheltuffery.co.nz

A New Zealand born artist of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage, Michel Tuffery on paper and by reputation is one of the seminal role players for visibility of Contemporary Pacific Island art locally and beyond the wider Pacific. His creative output is expansive as he is adept at all arts media, printing, painting and sculpting, he works collaboratively with technicians and other art practitioners to realise his performance and installation projects, requiring moving image, light and sound. His concerns are measured and politicised around the conservation of the environment and shaped by his Pacific Island ancestry.

In 2008 Michel was honoured with becoming a Member of the New Zealand Merit of Order in the Queens Birthday Honours List for services to the Arts.

Tuffery’s art features in major Public and Private collections globally, selected recent national and international solo and group exhibitions include;

    2013
  • OculaBlack, Otago School of Art Alumni Exhibition, Auckland, N.Z
  • Made in Oceania : Tapa Art and Social Landscapes” Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Koln, Germany
  • 2012

  • Siamani Samoa ‘Selu Tuiga’, Mackay Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia
  • Inaugural Pulima Arts Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Siamani Samoa ‘Selu Tuiga’ with the Leonhard Adam collection, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 20 years - A Snapshot, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia
  • Siamani Samoa, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, Australia
  • Te Ara o Kôpû Transit of Venus, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Aotearoa, N.Z
  • First Contact, VoltaNY, New York, USA
  • First Contact, NZ International Art Festival at Te Papa, Wellington, Aotearoa, N.Z
  • Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
  • 2011

  • Nui Pasifik Warrior, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia;
  • Oceania, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, Aotearoa, N.Z
  • This is not a Vitrine_This is an Ocean Exhibition, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, Aotearoa, N.Z
  • First Contact Architectural Projection, ANZ Building, Chifley Square, Sydney, Australia
  • Povi Vasa, Edge of Elsewhere, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia;
  • First Contact Ambient Architectural Projection, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, Australia

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS:

We'd love for you to visit Michel's social media channels to view recent exhibitions and projects you can access these direct links by scrolling to the end of this page and as always feel free to like or share these links with others in your networks, thank you. You'll also find our Terms and Conditions information for those that are interested in purchasing artworks currently profiled on this website. We do welcome enquiries from anywhere in the world and are more than happy to provide you with high resolution images of any artwork on request.

N8VLaB AK 2014, Railway Street Studio, Auckland, 4 - 22 July 2014
with Flox, Kereama Taepa, Jeff Riwaka

C3WEST 'Transforma Project' partnered with Museum of Contemporary Art and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia, 2012-2014

THE BIG EGG HUNT, Starship Foundation, Auckland, N.Z, April 2014

N8VLaB 2014, The Artists Room, Dunedin, 12 Feb - 5 March 2014
with Tracey Tawhiao, Wi Taepa, Kereama Taepa

CHOCOLATE, Pataka Art + Museum, 8 December 2013 – 6 April 2014

N8VLaB, Toi Gallery, Pataka Art+Museum, Porirua, 28th November 2013–19th January 2014
with Tracey Tawhiao, George Nuku, Tame Iti, Dan Tippet, Eliza Bidios, Melaina Newport-Karaitiana

OCULABLACK, Otago School of Art Alumni 'online art auction' Auckland, N.Z, 5-17th November 2013

MADE IN OCEANIA : TAPA ART AND SOCIAL LANDSCAPES, Rautenstrauch Joest Museum, Koln, Germany, 12th October 2013 - 27th April 2014

CURRENT PUBLICATIONS:
2014:
OCEANIA, Thames Hudson
WHALES | TOHORA by Barbara Todd, Te Papa Press
A NEW ZEALAND BOOK OF BEASTS, Annie Potts, Philip Armstrong, Deidrie Brown, Auckland University Press
2013:
MY LITTLE FACKO : Fonds d'Art Contemporain Kanak et Océanien, Peggy Bonnet Vergara, Tjibaou Centre, New Caledonia
2012:
CANTERBURY RUGBY FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE, Mike Coker, Canterbury Rugby Football Experience Ltd, NZ
THE ATLANTIC WORLD IN THE ANTIPODES, Edited by Kate Fullagar, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK
100 STORIES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, UNSW Press, Sydney, Australia
ONCE WERE PACIFIC - MAORI CONNECTIONS TO OCEANIA, Dr Alice Te Punga Somerville, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, USA
NEW ZEALAND:A HISTORY IN 100 OBJECTS, Linda Tyler, Harper Collins Publishers, NZ
TANGATA O LE MOANA:NEW ZEALAND AND THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC, Te Papa Press, NZ
2011:
PACIFIC ART IN DETAIL, Dr Jenny Newell, The British Museum Press, UK