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02/05/2017 7:30pm

Hold your horses - world famous Kiwi artist Mr G is in town!

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Last year, Mr G (aka Graham Hoete) made headlines with his massive murals of NBA superstar Steven Adams in downtown Oklahoma City and music legend Prince in his hometown of Chanhassen, Minnesota.

This week the world-famous photorealist is making headlines in Hauraki.

Project launched in Paeroa

Today Farmlands launched its HeART of the Community project in Paeroa. The project will see Mr G paint locally-inspired murals on 15 Farmlands stores nationwide to promote community pride. Hoete started work on the Paeroa mural today and the work will be completed on Saturday 6 May.

He says the mana of his work will be enshrined in ensuring the community’s connection to the wairua of their land shines through in each one of the murals.

“Agriculture is the pillar of our country and to be able to work with rural communities who don’t often get the airtime or public recognition they deserve, has given me the opportunity to give back and put these hard working people on the map. It’s an honour to be able to do this.”

Privileged and proud

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says he feels privileged that his town is the first to receive this Mr G treatment.

“We are thrilled to kick off this fantastic initiative and fully support HeART of the Community Farmlands project. They say a picture paints a thousand words and this painting says many things about the Paeroa community, including how privileged we are to have the work of an artist as accomplished as Mr G on display in our town. Most of all its says we’re proud of where we’ve come from, how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed in the future.”

Come down for the unveiling

The finished painting will be unveiled at Farmlands this Saturday 6 May between 11am and 1pm. All welcome.