Jimmy James Kouratoras
A Māori (Tainui) / Greek Painter based in Auckland, Aotearoa
Postcards Unlocked #34
Jimmy James Kouratoras has always worked with his hands. A descendant from a long line of artisans, his artwork weaves together his Cretan and Māori (Ngāti Tiipa) heritage while simultaneously inspired by a range of different spiritual and cultural motifs. Rather than relying on simply replicating traditional signs and symbols, I use living indigenous methodologies and practices such as karakia (prayer), rongoa (medicine), carving, the colloquial form and texture of Indigenous architecture, creation stories and ritual as my guiding sources.
In drawing upon these traditional resources, his works are seen as contemporary artworks that are in conversation with our current socio-political concerns.
Jimmy is firm in iterating that his art is about empowering and enabling indigenous youth to connect to their higher selves. He does this by creating funky modern contemporary works of art that aim to inspire youth to express their full potential and is committed to supporting and facilitating these journeys.