Holder Whanau - Carvers




Gary Holder was a West Auckland based carver and sculptor.  He ran a studio in association with his sons, Jason and Grant.

Gary was a descendant of Te Awhitu,  Katerina Te Waihanea and Alexander Bell of the Maniapoto iwi. He was a wood sculptor and carver who specialised in creating works of his ancestral art.

From his background in, and observation of Maori art, Gary's artistic style was developed from the influences of such carvers as Rukupo, Pene Taihapa, John Taihapa and Paki Harrison.

His unique gifts of painting and carving assisted him in designing the many and varied works created in traditional and contemporary style. He used not only wood but also pounamu.

Each piece gives the observer an insight into another spiritual and cultural dimension.

We worked with Gary Holder for over 40 years supplying high quality, hand produced items.  Sadly, Gary has recently passed away, but the Holder's legacy lives on with work still being produced to this day by his sons, Jason and Grant. 

View the Holder Collection