Boy & Friendy by Shane Hansen
ScreenprintImage size in millimetres approx: 450 x 350
Edition of 50 prints. Signed and numbered on the reverse by Shane Hansen. Printed on 300gsm fabriano stock with die cut koru motif border.
One of Hansen's most personal artworks, this print is a self-portrait of Shane as a young boy. _I was once very afraid of this tiki_, Shane told us, _I was never allowed a tiki when I was younger_. But now he is embracing the tiki in an acceptance of who he is. Certain parts of the print are particularly symbolic to the artist - the feathers (uplifting), the moko (pride), the shoes (direction). Boy and Friendy (Friendy is the name given to the tiki character by Hansen) is full of hope for the future, _I am now happy_, says Shane, _protected by my friendy_.
Shane Hansen's _Boy & Friendy_ features it in these galleries at New Zealand's specialist art print store:
Shane Hansen Prints