Sandy Adsett – Ngāti Kahungunu – was born on the East Coast in Wairoa in 1939. He has been a primary mover and shaker of Māori Visual Arts since the 1950s. His contribution toward developing structural systems of support for this specialised area has been relentless. A true exponent of merging the traditional with a contemporary overlay. Sandy is particularly influenced by the labyrinth qualities of kowhaiwhai – rafter patterns, his fastidious layers of flat acrylic on board is immediately recognisable.