• Marcus Hipa

Marcus Hipa’s powerful and bold paintings are unflinching in their focus on the history and culture of his native Niue. Using a unique style that combines the energy of raw anime with exquisite draughtsmanship, and the ambitious scale of the socialist mural painters such as Diego Rivera, he pulls no punches with his style or subject matter.

Large scale, raw canvases are hung on brass eyelets – embodying painting as objects rather than mere illustrations (a subtle protest in itself about the use of ‘established’ mediums) complete with a style of draughtsmanship that’s both exciting, energising and invigorating.

This focus on manual labour, climate change and cultural history is inherent in each work in the show - combining stories and mythologies from his spiritual home, always with reference to the crushing shadows of colonialism in the background. It’s a knockout debut show for a young artist punching well above his weight with ambitious and extraordinary works.

READ: Accompanying essay by Andrew Paul Wood

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm
  • or by appointment


  • Shed 10
  • 13 Coles Avenue
  • Mt Eden, Auckland