Daniel Tippett >> 'Taupō Rulz' Opening December 9 / by JoFF Rae

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1 / Escape From Black Rocks

Coromandel - escaping the tide / not falling off the edge

Giclée print - limited edition of 42

2 / Hibiscus Collation

Giclée print - limited edition of 25

3 / Wandering Cray

From a Fat Freddys Drop video - the Freddys Fish & Chip Shop sign

Giclée print - limited edition of 25

4 / Piwakawaka

Giclée print - limited edition of 42

5 / Can Kereru (original in the Otis Frizzell personal collection)

The nature of the bird - the Regal Pacifist

Giclée print - limited edition of 42

6 / Huia - Absent Friends

Giclée print - limited edition of 42


DT as he’s known to many.

Defined by all in the New Zealand street art scene as an iconic artist and described by TV3’s John Campbell as a premier graffiti artist, DT shows exclusively at Taupō Museum Gallery – opening Friday 9th December.  

The Taupō Rulz exhibition is open to public from December 10, 2011 to January 10, 2012.

Daniel DT Tippett has maintained an illustrious career that is an element of his ID – raw impulsive talent.

Informed with knowledge from his youth in Grey Lynn and Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula it becomes obvious that his art and his EGO are influenced by the physical environments he was raised in; urban and isolated surrounds inevitably translate as paradise in his paintings.

Taupō Rulz explores a recent period of Dan’s work that presupposes family and close friends in an introspective context:

...recognising the intrinsic influence of his father Warren Tippett in the temperament and attitude required of a fine artist; his artistic partnership and friendship with Darryl DLT Thomson; his older brother Ben and Mother Jill Pierce in their support of his life and work; and as a tribute to the Ngāti Tūwharetoa heritage of his partner Carly and their children Eva and Tupaia...

Dan’s prolific career involves collaboration and mutual inspiration with colleagues in an exclusive hip hop and urban art fraternity that has earned him the reputation as arguably the most technically skilled aerosol artist in New Zealand.

Street art crews around New Zealand owe much of their broken ground to Dan’s legacy of quality street art and graffiti.

Dan Tippett’s public art is not limited to major art commissions on walls and buildings however. His ability to work instinctively in challenging circumstances has seen a fleet of tourist vans in New Zealand and the USA adorned with DT art and his t-shirts are as famous as the people wearing them.

He also paints sets for television, short films, feature films and music videos and designs graphics for businesses, music albums and promotional posters.

He continues to share his collection of quality vinyl as a DJ at numerous public events, concerts and festivals and on his regular radio show The Hold Up, hosted with DLT on BaseFM.

The Taupō Rulz show involves several bodies of work and purpose with large format brush and spray can canvases and boards plus a limited edition of exclusive Giclée prints.

In addition the Taupō Museum Shop will also sell a range of Dan’s t-shirt prints, posters and postcards for the duration of the exhibition.

Dan Tippett on his Taupō Rulz...
“By representing the juxtaposition of being a Graff’ Artist in paradise and by taking the hip hop aesthetic and being true to developing a style that reflects our influences of coming from an island at the bottom of the Pacific – I think Taupō will appreciate my medium, method and message.”

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