Regan Tamanui (Haha)
The work of Regan Tamanui (Haha) explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick and instant fame becomes the obsessions, the new virtues of the 21st century.
By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers, Haha's work is a reflection of popular culture. He gets his images direct from the newspaper or from photographing the subject to tell a story of the here and now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery.
A self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street, Haha has been exhibiting for over eight years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney. His work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Artbank and private collections across Australia, NZ, UK & USA.
A selection of Haha's latest works are on display at Jasper Gallery.