Brian Flintoff's carvings have been exhibited in several countries and some are in Museums, and Public and Private Collections worldwide. He has also gained recognition by being made an Elected Artist Member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. His contributions to the arts were recognised with the awarding of a Queens Service Medal in 2010.
Working with Te Haumanu, a group dedicated to the revival of Maori flute and instrument making and playing, has brought him status as a traditional flute maker. Support and guidance from the Maori community has been the greatest influence and inspiration for his carving. Therefore he considers the most satisfying acknowledgement possible is that he is proud to have many pieces 'at home' on Marae throughout Aotearoa. His attitude to carving bone is inspired by that of traditional artists, who strove for excellence in order to please the spirit world. Their understanding that harmony is the balance of Spiritual and Physical elements has enriched both his life and his carving. An absorbing interest in the art of the West Coast Canadian Indian people led him to research animal forms in Maori Art. This remains a focus through which he can express his love of, and concern for, nature.
Brian has written a book, "Taonga Puoro, Singing Treasures" published by Craig Potton Publishing which introduces the musical instruments of the Maori with instructions on making and playing them and includes a sampler CD of their music. The Rangi or tunes can be heard on CDs, produced by Rattle Records www.rattle.co.nz TE KU TE WHE by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns TE HEKENGA A RANGI by Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns and Aroha Yates-Smith.
This book has been followed by "Kura Koiwi, Bone Treasures" where Brian tells of his journey into the Maori culture through bone carving. www.craigpotton.co.nz He is one of 24 National Artists featured in "Stone, Bone and Jade' by Donn Salt.
Within this website are a range of the more popular items of my works. I also do commissioned pieces or similar works to a required budget.