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MONOMOKO

Lives and works: Wellington, New Zealand
Exhibitions: IN:SIGHT (2018)
“I embrace the currency of ideas – rather than trend – to innovate and push creative boundaries.”

As the mastermind behind fashion-forward concept MONOMOKO, Tim Christie combines photography and digital illustration to create images that fuse age-old tradition with modern technology.

Inspiration

The name embodies the monochromatic colour palette and the symmetry of the traditional Tā Moko face and body markings practised by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Each of the Wellington-based artist’s pieces are digitally-generated using sourced imagery and computer-aided illustration. The underlying images are out of focus so the diagonal black and white lines transition from thin to heavy in a seamless linear flow.

Describing his work as a fusion of digital abstraction and pop art, graphic designer Tim explains that he wishes to explore the synthesis of a geometric aesthetic and organic symmetry.

Tim says: “I embrace the currency of ideas – rather than trend – to innovate and push creative boundaries. Many of my pieces have a quirky idea or a story to tell.”

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