Israel Birch (Ngapuhi, Ngai Tawake, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rakaipaaka)

Israel Birch (Ngapuhi, Ngai Tawake, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Rakaipaaka)

Senior Lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art

Israel Birch is considered one of New Zealand's most talented young Māori artists. His work is identified by his unique practice of painting with light.

He is a lecturer at in the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts programme, and is a full-time practicing artist. Birch finds inspiration from contemporary Maori artists such as Sandy Adsett, Ralph Hotere, Robert Jahnke and Shane Cotton (to name a few), and also non-Maori artists such as Anish Kapoor, and Van Gogh. His students, who are the next wave of Maori art, also inspire Birch. He admires those who try their best, are open to learning and believe in the sharing of knowledge with no strings attached.

Birch has had solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand and in Australia, Canada and Europe.

  • Research Highlights

    Birch, IT. (2011, April 5). Between Earth and Sky 2011. Page Blackie Gallery Wellington.

    Birch, IT. (2011, November 25). Ara I Te Uru. City Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ..

    Birch, IT. (2011, October 6). Maori Art Market 2011. Te Rauparaha Events Centre, Porirua, Wellington, NZ.

    Birch, IT. (2011, October 1). Tane. Thermostat Art Gallery, Palmerston North, NZ.

  • Qualifications

    BVAD (Eastern Institute of Technology)
    MMVA (Massey University)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Nga Aho
    Massey Heritage and Arts Committee