Janine Williams – Biography
Janine Williams (Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, Pākehā) is an Auckland born multi-disciplinary artist of Māori & Pākehā descent
She is one of Aotearoas first female street artists and member of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, a collective of creatives from around the world who continue to push artistic boundaries. Williams has spent the past 20 years developing community art activations and corporate engagement projects utilising visual arts as a communication and development tool.
As a Mana Whenua endorsed artist for her Tāmaki based Iwi Williams’ passion lies in creating commissioned works that reflect local narrative & stories that have personal connection. Previous works include: GridAKL building – external glass canopy, timber ceiling, lintel & gobo lighting designs; BHive building meeting pod designs & commission vinyl artwork; 132 Halsey Street – sculptural work ‘Taunekeneke’ (interaction/relationship); 10 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter – external concrete panel work ‘Rātā, external concrete plinth designs (plaza); Watercare pumpstation commission – Amee Daldy Park, Wynyard Quarter, project management & artwork painting. Exhibitions include:
’Huia Come Home’ – Fresh Gallery Ōtara 2017; ‘Bird Song’ Graffiti Museum Installation Ono’u Festival – Papeete, Tahiti 2018; ‘Te Matahi O Te Tau’ (alongside whanaunga Dr Haare Williams) – Papakura Art Gallery 2019; ‘The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story’ – The Dowse Art Museum 2021; ‘Life After Death’ (with Benjamin Work) – Franklin Art Gallery 2021