Fine artist Tabitha Maxwell aka TAMAASA, chooses to work under her younger sister's childhood nickname for her, in Auckland where she resides with her young son. Since graduation from Whitecliffe College of Art and design in 2007 she has worked full time in the creative sector.
Born into a highly creative family in New Zealand, she first put paint to walls and canvases in her teens, spending her early years of creativity living abroad in London before studying both fine arts and fashion design.
The easily recognisable style of TAMAASA has been sold and exhibited, as both a fine art, and street art and fashion collaborations for over twenty years now in New Zealand and abroad, depicting gorgeous aboriginal faces, native fauna and wildlife infused into surrealist fantastical imagery, with her recognisable neon and black contrasts being a backdrop in digital, fine art and graphic works on steel, wood, wall, paper and digital reproductions.
Industrial and feminine, there is a romantic darkness and bright magic found in each piece created, and the drawing of spiritual, mythical and legendary symbolism can be found in many pieces, from her highly detailed portraiture, to her mythical wildlife imagery. Each piece depicts and tells a story, often connecting worlds and myths, or exploring ecological values, and ancestral stories.
Her work can be found in private collections both in New Zealand, and abroad in London, Australia and the United States.