Awanui is a diverse multi-diciplinary artist. From painting realism and surrealism through to carving wood, bone, pounamu or vast murals, Awanui is at home in any artistic environment.
"What I learnt from my father Rei was not only the discipline of fine arts but to
have compassion for all lifeforms and our interconnection with the universe."
Father/ Rei Paul Francis Hamon CBE..... Mother /Maia Pohoiwi....Second eldest child Joseph, Awanui, Phyllis and Tina. Tribal Affiliation: Ngati Porou. Lived along the Thames Coast on the Coromandel Peninsula NZ. Completed Commercial Art Course through correspondence with the Australian Art Training Institute Melbourne.
Created 4 beautiful children...Huia, Francis, Azalia and Jason.
Awanui has traveled throughout his home country of New Zealand, through Australia, Asia and South America including the Amazon. While travelling the United States of America he visited 11 states from Los Angeles to Miami, Bahamas, Mexico and Hawaii.
Awanui has a life long love for love surfing, sailing and rugby.
Awanui has been part of the art gallery world and part of the family business 'Rei Hamon Gallery' in Thames for many years. He has been organizing art exhibitions for his father Rei and his own work throughout New Zealand and Australia and continued to do this till his father retired as an artist.
After managing the gallery in Thames, his family moved to Timaru and worked as Art/ Bone carving and Ceramic Tutor for Aoraki Youth Trust where he helped re-design and set up Motueka and Timaru Museum Natural History, Māori and Early European settlement sections.
The NZ Government commissioned Awanui to design and complete a collage titled “ Aoraki Family” for the new Social Welfare Dept building in Timaru. He was elected to Represent Kaitahu (South Island Maori Tribe) and Royal Forest and Bird Society to make recommendations to Government to create Marine Parks and worked with Timaru Council to establish a Marae and help with planning stages.
Heading back to the North Island, he settled back in Thames close to his parents and tutored bone carving at Thames High School. He also tutored at Matai Whitu Marae at Kopu in Art design and bonecarving.
In Rotorua Awanui was “Artist in residence” at Rotorua Boys High School teaching in all areas of arts from year 9 to year 13 for 7 years. Designed and implemented Maori Art Courses into RBHS Curriculum which were taken on by other NZ Secondary Schools. Through Secondary school government nomination he was selected to be part of a Māori Teacher Hui to identify new initiatives and strategies to improve Māori student education in Secondary Schools.
He Became Head of Art Department at RBHS and finished teaching to travel.
During all this time Awanui was a practicing artist holding exhibitions and doing commissioned artwork.
As artists, Rei and Awanui have donated many originals and limited edition lithographs of their own artworks to raise funds throughout NZ for many conservation charities. Saving several species of birds that are endangered especially the Kokako and the native Dotterel is a life long passion of both Awanui and his late father. Awanui continues to advocate this through his current works.
Currently Awanui has been resident in Queensland, Australia where he is working and enjoying the Tropical paradise of the Whitsundays...Airlie Beach.
In Airlie Beach he is currently working on a series of Australian birds and Natural features. The Wedge tailed Eagles is a part of this series (see his artworks) and these will feature in a upcoming exhibition in Brisbane.