About Tim


Tim Wraight is a New Zealand artist specialising in wood sculpture. Tim's training in the art of wood carving has included eight years working with traditional Maori woodcarver John Mutu, at Te Awhina Marae in Motueka. That period spent fully immersed in the culture and context which surrounds the artform, has influenced and informed Tim's work right across the different areas of his practice.

Tim produces works that fall into roughly three categories; Whakairo (traditional and contemporary Maori wood sculpture); Contemporary works which express his and his clients' perspectives; and works which occupy a space in between.

He has completed a number of significant public and privately commissioned works in his career to date, including works in four of the regions traditional meeting houses, public buildings and spaces in New Zealand and the USA, and for private collections in New Zealand, Switzerland and the UK.

Tim's large scale works have been exhibited at some of New Zealand's major outdoor sculpture exhibitions including Sculpture on the Peninsula (Christchurch), Sculpture Onshore (Auckland), and Shapeshifter at the New Dowse Art Museum (Wellington).

Tim has also been active in the wider arts world, having opened Sealevel Studio Sculpture Gallery in 2001, and has worked as manager and curator for both the Macs Sculpture Symposium and Manifest Exhibition for the Nelson Arts Festival.