Gallery 28



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Artist John Ecuyer (above) is surrounded by kauri, but he is also fond of pine. “I love to work with all sorts of wood, such as kauri and macrocarpa. American white oak is a hardwood with which you can do a lot. But I'm enjoying pine — it's locally grown (literally, next door), so there are no miles. “There's something so fulfilling about wood. I can walk into my studio with a block of kauri and come out three hours later with a finished piece.” His works vary from small bowls and jewelry to large necklaces and signature Pacifika-inspired wall shields — perhaps his favourite pieces to create. The mediums change as often as his works — wood, glass, stone and clay all take form in his Matakohe studio. John has exhibited internationally, and his pieces adorn interiors worldwide, but he's found home here. Whāngārei born and raised, his CV spans three decades and a multitude of galleries and shows. Having switched the gallery scene for a quieter life on the land with wife Anne and daughter Trista, John now shows his works in his home gallery, alongside a select number of other Northland artists such as potter Mike Reagan. 28 Matakohe East Road, Matakohe. 021 182 6762,