Charles & Janine Williams
Charles Williams – Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngapuhi
Janine Williams – Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara
Working & travelling extensively throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) & around the globe we create visual stories that connect us to the whenua (land), korero (stories) & to the tangata whenua (local people) we encounter along the way. Our creative practise is the outworking of our passion for our Māori heritage presenting it in an urban context that features modern interpretations of cultural design along with native/endemic birdlife.
Charles is a founding member & president of the world championship winning crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), a collective of creatives from around the world who continue to push artistic boundaries & who have been global leaders in the urban contemporary art field over the past 20 years. His personal accolades include winning the world Ono’u Graffiti Festival Tahiti 2015, one of only three New Zealand artists to be fully sponsored by Ironlak spray paint travelling the world painting as a family team member including a Guinness Book of Records project producing the worlds longest graffiti scroll achievement in Dubai, 2014.
Janine is one of Aotearoas first female urban artists & also a member of TMD & has spent the past 15 years developing community art activations & more recently corporate engagement projects. Recent works include mana whenua endorsed works in the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) region including commercial development projects working within the Wynyard Quarter Precinct. Together they were invited to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts Guåhån 2016 as members of the Aotearoa delegation as the first large scale mural artists ever to attend & have worked on numerous creative festivals including the Auckland Arts Festival, Artweek Auckland, Matariki Festival, Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival, Pasifika Festival & the inaugral Ono’u Graffiti Festival held in Tahiti, Ra’iātea, Moorea & Bora Bora.
Married with 4 children, whanau (family) & hapori (community) are an integral & important part of our full time artistic journey. We believe that a work of art is not only about the finished product but includes the relationships you build along the way with the people & communities you encounter.