Regan Tamanui

Artist Statement

The work of Haha explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick & 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 & now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery.

Haha is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery.

He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney. He is represented by 3 commercial galleries across Australia. His work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Artbank & private collections across Australia, NZ, UK & USA.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008

    AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
    The Cult of Personality, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney

  • 2007

    Such is Life, Mays lane, Sydney Land of Milk and Honey, Untilnever Gallery, Melbourne
    We are Young and Free, Criterion Gallery, Hobart

  • 2006

    Australian Lifestyles, Criterion Gallery, Hobart God Save Haha, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne Aussie Rulz, The Box, Melbourne

  • 2005

    Crime Walls, Citylights, Centre Place, Melbourne Banana Republic, Blacklab Gallery, Brisbane Sovereignty, Criterion Gallery, Hobart

  • 2004

    Zero Tolerance, Croft Institute, Melbourne

  • 2002

    Zero Popular, FAD Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

  • Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (nov) ARTBRIS’08 Brisbane
  • The Blender Studios Open day, Melbourne Black Digger, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
  • The Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney
  • Kids Today, MTV Gallery, Sydney Splenda, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne Outside Inside, Carmichael Gallery, L.A.
  • “001”, Sideroom Gallery, Auckland New Zealand I Still Call Australia, Gadfly Gallery, Perth “Meatpackers & fruit pickers”, Melbourne “Political footy”, Art Garden, Melbourne Youthquakers, Melbourne
  • The Big Day Out, Melbourne
  • Rumble, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne
  • Kidz These Dayz, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
  • Selftitled, Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne
  • Class of 06, Blank Space, Sydney
  • Swipe, Hush Hush Gallery, Melbourne
  • The Big Day Out, Melbourne
  • Criminal Intent, HO Gallery, Balaclava
  • Tranzit, M.A.S., Lt Latrobe St, Melbourne
  • Un-Australian and Proud, Trocadero, Melbourne
  • Stencil Festival, Meatmarket, North Melbourne
  • Dinner Party, Ember Space, Fitzroy
  • Role Models, Forest One Gallery, Adelaide
  • A Cut Across, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
  • Rats of Smelbourne, Early Space, Melbourne
  • AAAXXX, Area 101, Adelaide
  • Melbourne Stencil Festival, Melbourne
  • Cash & Carry, Blender Studio's, Melbourne
  • Cut Sik, Labour Club, Sydney
  • Streetworks, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 67% Say They Were Mislead, Spark Lane, Melbourne; Streetside, Dublin, Ireland
  • Blending In, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Outlandish, Traumatic Art Gallery, Melbourne Affiliated Two, Forest One, Adelaide
  • Freeze Mutha Sucka This is a Stick Up, The Big Day Out, Melbourne
  • Cut it Out, Hush Hush Gallery, Melbourne Guerrilla Gorilla, George White Gallery & Bar, Melbourne
  • Derailed, Early Space, Melbourne
  • Friends of the Forest, Forest One, Adelaide
  • Above Ground, The Lounge, Melbourne
  • Affiliated, Area 101, Adelaide
  • Get A Real Job, Tomorrow Cafe, Melbourne
  • Permit Zone, Citylights, Melbourne
  • Open Studios, Blender Studios, Melbourne
  • The Empty Show, Willamstown & Canterbury, Melbourne. & Canberra.
  • 67% Say They Were Mislead, Budapest
  • Stuck Down South, FAD Gallery, Melbourne
  • Lollipop, Timba Gallery, Melbourne
  • Group Show, FAD Gallery, Melbourne
  • Houdini to Hofmann, Chira Goya Gallery, Melbourne
  • Vote Stuckists, Fringe Gallery, London, UK


  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Artbank
  • BHP Billiton Collection
  • Multiplex
  • State Library of Victoria
  • City of Melbourne
  • Private Collections Australia, NZ, UK, USA


  • Foxtel Tram project 07
  • Ghostrider, 2006
  • Redstripe Beer, 2005
  • Multiplex, Sydney, World Square, 2004
  • The Big Day Out, Melbourne, 2004 - 2006
  • Crumpler
  • The Great Britain Hotel, The Public Bar, 2004
  • Mooks Clothing, 2004
  • Yelza
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Melbourne
  • Just Jeans
  • City Lights Project
  • Collingwood Football Club, MCG


  • 2007-2009

    Blender Studios2, Manager

  • 2005-2007

    Hush Hush Studios

  • 2003-2004

    Blender Studios, Assistant Director

  • 2005-2007

    Early Project, Co Director/Curator

  • 2003-2004

    Early Space, Co-Director/Curator, 201 Smith Street, Melbourne