Start Date
29 January -  
End Date
4 February 2018
Michael-Angelo Burke
Main Image
Cabbage tree and kereru
Opening Hours
Monday - Sunday, 10.00am - 7.00pm

What do you see in a tree? What does a tree mean to you? When was the last time you looked at nature instead of just walking past it?

Now you can step inside Thistle Hall and experience the unique art of Michael Angelo (his real name!) who has been inspired by nature since childhood to reveal the unseen, the shapes, colours and energies of nature, translated into painted carvings that speak to you.

His inspiration comes from visits to national parks locally and in many countries, experiencing natural and often spiritual environments of trees, flowers and fauna in the form of nature spirits deep in the mystical, unspoilt forests where roots of the trees reach deep into the energy of the earth, and their branches burst heavenwards.

Come and see a display of freestanding multidimensional trees, the most recent one having taken seven months to complete with inspiration coming from a Nikau palm in Napier botanical gardens.

Nowhere else will you see nature like this, and each work of art has a story which can be retold by asking the artist himself.

Come and be prepared for a rich experience of art that feeds the senses that will appeal to people of all ages, including the visually impaired, and particularly children.