Andrew Doughty started bone-carving around 27 years ago, at the age of 18. Initially based in Whangarei as a resident artist at the Northland Craft Trust, known as ‘the Quarry’, he now has a home-based studio in Christchurch, (South Island of New Zealand).
Artist Bio – July 2016
This is a short introduction of the Artist and a summary of the journey that has led him to create these carvings.
Where it began...
I was born in Hamilton and have lived and worked in almost every region throughout Aotearoa.
I started bone-carving around 28 years ago at the age of 18. Initially based in Whangarei as a Resident Artist at the Northland Craft Trust, known as the ‘Quarry’, I was a full-time carver for around seven years.
A large influence in my early carving years, while based at the Northland Craft Trust, was Master carver and mentor Te Warihi Wallace Hetaraka. His influence and advice has had a deep impact on my work.
Each carving has a meaning...
I am a practicing Buddhist and it is my wish is to create carvings that communicate great meaning and touches peoples hearts. As such I have received special permissions from several Kaumātua to carve certain traditional Māori symbols, and to combine with various contemporary influences.
The most important aspect of what I do is based on the spiritual nature of this mahi (work). Each Taonga tells a story and is intended to bless the minds of all who encounter them. As such, each carving is transformed into a Taonga through qualified mantra and formal blessing rituals. The following is a quote from the very esteemed Tohunga and Kaumātua Rev. Maurice Grey...
Having received various spiritual initiations over the years, I am fortunate to be qualified in ways that are not common to many carvers currently practicing this craft.
Full Circle and Adventures...
When I was a young artist, I sought new adventures. As a result, I put down the tools and decided to gain some worldly experiences.
After this break from carving, I have heeded a calling to return to my original creative roots. The work you are now viewing is the result of a new era of design and represents a maturing of my craft.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the carvings I create and connect with all layers of meaning imbued within them. I wish you and your family the deepest peace and happiness.