Artwork Description / Detail
Aroha Gossage graduated with a Masters of Art & Design (Honours) in 2015, Auckland University of Technology. Her Iwi (tribe) of Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Ati Awa and the hapu (sub-tribe) Ngāti Ruahine/Ruanui, Ngāti Manuhiri.
During 2016 Gossage was commissioned by the Kelliher Art Trust to paint a work of Little Barrier Island which was unveiled in December 2016. In March 2017 the Kelliher Art Trust held an exhibition of their Collection – ‘New Zealand Landscapes, Six Decades: Leonard Mitchell to Aroha Gossage’.
Her first solo exhibition at ARTIS, Whenua, was held in March/April 2017. The huge interest in this exhibition resulted in all works selling – one of which was purchased by the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The body of work in Whenua focused on a personal and spiritual relationship with the coastal area north of Auckland named Pakiri and Little Barrier Island, the ancestral home of Ngāti Manuhiri.