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, Toi Gallery, Pataka Art+Museum, Porirua
28th November 2013–19th January 2014

You are warmly invited to attend the opening preview and to meet the artists of N8VLaB, 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday 28th November 2013 with Artist Floor Talks in the gallery at 6:30pm by: Michel Tuffery MNZM and Tracey Tawhiao. N8VLaB 2013 is a factory of visual kai 'for the wellbeing of our spirit, together we create, collaborate, share and eat art'.

Invited Guest Artists:
George Nuku
Tama Iti
Eliza Bidois
Dan Tippett
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

TE FENUA, Solander Gallery, Wellington, N.Z, 11th September - 19th October 2013

PIRIANGA TOTO ‘Cook Island’ Artists Exhibition, Fresh Gallery, Otara, South Auckland, N.Z, 23rd August - 14th September 2013

FLOATING LAND 'Natures Dialogue' Queensland, Australia, 31st May - 9th June 2013

KINGS COLLEGE MEMORIAL CHAPEL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, Auckland, N.Z, 2013

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Kings College, Auckland, N.Z, 5th-12th May 2013

SIAMANI SAMOA INSTALLATION at Pulima Art Festival, Taipei, Taiwan, 7th-16th December 2012.

SIAMANI SAMOA INSTALLATION at the Leonhard Adam Collection of International Indigenous Culture, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 15th November 2012 - 24th February 2013.

NGA KINA: Commissioned by Wellington Sculpture Trust, Wellington City Council, Wellington Waterfront Ltd, Official Opening 20th November 2012

NZ POST Commemorative Stamps series and Limited Edition Coin Commission, Wellington, N.Z, August 2012

SIAMANI SAMOA, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, Australia, 5th June - 30th July 2012

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

'20 YEARS, A SNAPSHOT' The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia

TE ARA o KOPU 'Transit of Venus' Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, Aotearoa, N.Z

FIRST CONTACT ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTION, NZ International Art Festival, Te Papa, Wellington, NZ, 24th February - 18th March 2012

VOLTANY with BCA Gallery, New York, USA, 2012

TAIRAWHITI MUSEUM COMMISSION, Gisborne, NZ, 2012

CURRENT PUBLICATIONS FEATURING MICHEL:
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

2010:
OCEANIA, Dr Elisabetta Gnecchi Ruscone, Mondadori Electa S.p.a. Italy
THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC - Vol 22/No.2, University of Hawai'i Press, USA