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Educators and artists in the Porirua region have an exclusive opportunity to learn about contemporary art from one of our country’s leading contemporary artists, Titahi Bay old-boy Wayne Youle.
Twenty years ago Wayne Youle participated in his first art exhibition at a newly opened Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum here in Porirua. In the years since, he has established a reputation as one of our country’s leading contemporary artists. The artworks in 20/20: words of wisdom, currently being exhibited at Pātaka, reflect on important life lessons that Wayne Youle has learnt over these past two decades.
Wayne Youle (Ngāti Whakaeke, Ngapuhi, Pākehā) was born in Porirua in 1974. Attending Mana College, he was an avid athlete playing rugby for the Norths Football Club and competing nationally and internationally with the Titahi Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. Graduating from Wellington Polytechnic School of Design with a Bachelor of Design in Typography in 1999, he participated in his first art exhibition here at Pātaka and held his first solo exhibition at City Gallery Wellington in the same year. In 2001 he was included in the landmark Māori digital art survey exhibition Techno Maori: Maori Art in the Digital Age that was shown simultaneously across Pātaka and City Gallery Wellington. Other notable shows from this period include Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand at City Gallery Wellington, and Young Maori Contemporary Artists at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui in 2004 and 2005. In 2009 Pātaka presented Youle’s ten year survey exhibition 10 Down.