Paul Harris (right) creates works such as Take a Stand (left).  The artist says his move into carving and sculpting made him realize everything there is to know about wood and trees.

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Paul Harris (right) creates works such as Take a Stand (left). The artist says his move into carving and sculpting made him realize everything there is to know about wood and trees.

Jewels for giants, is how South African artist Paul Harris describes the magnificent totem poles he carves and paints in his studio in Northland using locally sourced tōtara. He says it’s a refreshing change from his years as a jewelry designer, some at the Corban Estate Arts Center in Auckland and then at his own studio on the Tutukaka coast.

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“Some of the jewelry that I started making about 18 years ago was the start of a design thread that I still pull,” he explains. “The drawings transformed and became the totems that I make now.”

Paul, who believes the subtropical environment he grew up in helped shape his work and design process, now lives in a former nursery in Matapōuri, which he describes as a forest: “It really is paradise . I have a lot of space and inspiration all around me. A fascination with tribal art and design from older cultures is also a strong influence. “The simple powerful and repetitive designs seem to stir something in me.”

Paul Harris creates his works in his studio on the coast of Tutukaka.

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Paul Harris creates his works in his studio on the coast of Tutukaka.

The artist runs Art Station Gallery during the summer in Matapōuri with photographer and designer Doug Pearson, where you’ll find new totem designs this year as well as some of the furniture he made. Paul also sells his work locally at Tutukaka Gallery and Burning Issues Gallery in Whangārei. Visit instagram.com/paulharrisartdesign.

The Tutukaka coast.

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The Tutukaka coast.

Paul Harris’ Favorite Things

Where I live: Whether it’s a stroll down to Matapōuri Beach for body surfing or surfing elsewhere, the Tutukaka Coast has a nice chilled-out vibe that suits me. The sea is always calling.

Explore creativity: Always having my creative radar on, that’s how I live. I draw and design a lot and always have a catalog of ideas.

Paul Harris participates in the management of the Art Station Gallery in Matapouri during the summer.

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Paul Harris participates in the management of the Art Station Gallery in Matapouri during the summer.

Art Station Gallery: It has been a dream of mine for many years and this summer will be its third year in a row. I love customer interaction and feedback.

Connect with people: I like to share where I live with my family and friends. “People’s Time” is my balance for whatever solo creative time I have.

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