Monday, June 25, 2012

Replicating Harata Rewiri Tarapata by Charles F. Goldie

This term, the extension year 7 and 8 group have been focusing on a great New Zealand artist called Charles Frederick Goldie. Extension teacher, Mrs Tele'a gave us a project. In this we had to get one of Charles F. Goldies paintings and replicate it using Hyperstudio. This was a tough job but I persevered, did my best and have came up with this piece of art.

Above I have tried to reproduce the painting called Harata Rewiri Tarapata, which is a very ancient painting. The woman in this artwork is the widow of the late Chief Paul Tukane of Orakei. Her tribe was Nga Puhi. 

The official artwork was painted by the great Charles Frederick Goldie. This is an oil on canvas painting and it was painted in 1906. Do you realized that this painting is now 106 years old?   

One thing that really made me think about this painting is of the sitter. I wonder why she looked sad, was it just because she wanted her painting to be like that or maybe there was something about her life which could have been a little depressing. 

I think my image turned out the way I wanted and I’m actually really happy how it did turn out. One of the hardest parts throughout drawing this was the colour. That was because the background had a lot of texture and it was quite hard trying to get colours which were close to the actual one but at the end I endeavoured my best and I’m quite happy about it.

* Pt England Gallery of Fine Arts
If you live in New Zealand, Auckland, why don't you come along to the Point England Art Gallery which is being held in the Hall at Pt England School. Artworks from students all around our school have been put in this gallery. Here are the times you could come and visit:
Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th = 9 am  -  7 pm
Friday 29th = 8am - 3pm


  1. Kia ora Mubashira, Harata Rewiri Tarapata was the sister of my great Grandfather Rewiri Tarapata so I just wanted to comment that your reproduction of the Goldie painting is awesome. I noticed she was sad too, she was an old lady in AUckland when the portrait was painted and she had seen many changes. She was a widow, had lost her only child and also her uncle. She had fought in the Northern wars (she carried ammunition for her granduncle Patuone)and had seen the city built.

    BTW, I also went to Pt England School and Selwyn college (back in the 1980s) so great to say my old schools are still going strong.

    Anyway best wishes and keep up the great work

  2. Kia Ora,

    Thank you and it's awesome finding out that you are related to Harata Rewiri Tarapata. It's sad how she went through a lot.

    It's awesome finding out that you have gone to the same schools as me. Selwyn is actually doing great!

    Thank you once again.

    - Mubasshira

  3. I never thought that on the other side of the earth were the people with the same last name as me tarapata, I live in Ukraine and in addition we have a war with Russia.