Working and traveling extensively throughout Aotearoa (New Zealand) and around the globe, they create visual stories that connect us to the whenua (land) and to the tangata whenua (local people) we encounter along the way. Their creative practice is the outworking of their passion for their 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 and president of the world championship winning crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), a collective of creative individuals who continue to push artistic boundaries and who have been global leaders in the urban contemporary art field over the past 20 years. His accolades include winning the world Ono'u Graffiti Festival Tahiti 2015, being one of only three New Zealand artists to be fully sponsored by Ironlak spray paint while traveling the world painting as a family team member including the Guinness Book of Records worlds longest graffiti scroll Dubai in 2014.
Janine is one of Aotearoas' first female urban artists' and a member of TMD and has spent the past 15 years painting and developing community art activations and projects with a strong focus on youth interaction and community engagement. Recent works include mana whenua endorsed projects in the Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) region working within the Wynyard Quarter building precinct. She also featured as the Matariki Festival 2016 opening artist completing a rain art installation outside the Britomart Train Station and a projection mapping work onto the historical St James Theatre. Together they were invited to attend the Festival of Pacific Arts Guåhån 2016 as members of the Aotearoa delegation and have worked on numerous creative festivals including the Auckland Arts Festival, Artweek Auckland, Matariki Festival, Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival, Pasifika Festival and Ono'u Graffiti Festival Tahiti/Ra'iātea.
Married with four children, whanau (family) and hapori (community) are an integral and important part of our full-time artistic journey. We believe that a work of art is not only the finished product but includes the relationships you build along the way with the people and communities you encounter.