Ben Webb

BEN WEBB (1976 – 2014)Ben Webb exhibited from the age of 19. A self-taught artist, he was the youngest NZ artist to have shown in a public gallery and to represent NZ in a biennale. He held the Goethe Institut residency in Berlin in 2002 and exhibited at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane and … Read more

John Walsh

Aitanga a Hauiti/New Zealand IrishBorn 1954 in Tolaga Bay. 1973-74 attended Ilam SoFA, CU. After his first solo exhibition held when he was almost 40 (his earlier works having been exhibited mainly around his home territory of Gisborne and the East Coast region of New Zealand), John Walsh quickly made a name for himself and now … Read more

Philip Trusttum

PHILIP TRUSTTUM, born 1940, Raetihi.Graduated Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, 1964 Trusttum is one of New Zealand’s leading figurative, expressionist painters. He has always been driven to paint and his output has been prolific and dynamic, reflecting his personal energy and enthusiasm. His masterly sense of colour applied with … Read more

Lorene Taurerewa

In 1996, New Zealand-born Lorene Taurerewa graduated BFA (Painting) from the Quay School of Fine Arts, Wanganui. Two years later she graduated with a Diploma of Teaching, (Secondary Fine Art) from Massey University, and in 2001 spent a year of study in an MA Programme at the Auckland University of Technology. She has received numerous … Read more

Peter Siddell

PETER SIDDELL, 1935 – 2011, AucklandOne of New Zealand’s most prominent realist painters, Peter Siddell is perhaps best-known for his unpopulated cityscapes which appear familiar, yet are not identifiable. He draws together different elements from a variety of sources to create timeless images of neighbourhoods that look uninhabited despite there being evidence of earlier human … Read more

Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd was born in Hamilton in 1950 and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (Honours) from Elam, the School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1979. In 1982 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council travel grant, which he used to study 17th century Dutch painting materials and techniques at … Read more

Don Peebles

DON PEEBLES (1922 Taneatua – 2010 Christchurch)Since his first exhibition in 1948, Peebles has continued to push the boundaries of his art practice, never accepting what he has already achieved, but striving for more. He has steadily produced a solid body of work as he has pursued a unique path in his art. Like most artists … Read more

J S Parker

J S PARKER, born 1944, Auckland; died 2017, Blenheim John S Parker painted full-time from the time he was awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago, in 1975, until the year of his death. Apart from some early landscapes and portraits, he always painted abstract works. His paintings are a reflection of his life’s experiences … Read more

James Ormsby

James Ormsby was born in 1957, of Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato, Te Arawa and Katimana (Scottish) descent. He graduated with a MFA from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia, in 2001. He has participated in both local and international group exhibitions since 1998, and has been exhibiting in solo shows since 2001. Ormsby focuses on … Read more

Richard McWhannell

RICHARD MCWHANNELL, born 1952 in AkaroaMcWhannell graduated Diploma of Fine Arts form the University of Canterbury in 1972 and has been exhibiting regularly, particularly in Auckland and Wellington, since 1974. Early landscapes ceded to cityscapes and portraits, and the occasional sculpture, after he moved to Auckland in 1978. Travelling through Europe in the mid-1980s, McWhannell … Read more

Mary McIntyre

MARY MCINTYRE, born 1928, AucklandA self-taught painter, McIntyre has been a full-time artist since 1980, and is well-known for her realist works in which she creates ambiguous, often surreal, narratives. One of New Zealand’s foremost realist, figurative painters, she has a reputation for producing works that defy political correctness and usually contain barbed humour or … Read more

Richard Lewer

RICHARD LEWER, born in Hamilton in 1970 and currently living in Melbourne, graduated BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, in 1992 and MVA from Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne in 2000. He has explored a diverse range of sometimes rather unexpected media, including canvas, stainless steel, aluminium, sheepskin, paper … Read more

Gerda Leenards

GERDA LEENARDS, born 1946 Nijmegen, Holland Leenards emigrated to New Zealand in 1956. After a career as a draughtswoman and a graphic design assistant, she completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, in 1970. She first exhibited in Wellington in 1981 and in 1985 she won the … Read more

Virginia King

Born in 1946 in Kawakawa, Aotearoa. Attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1963, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1964/65 and Chelsea Art School, London in 1979. King began focussing on sculpture in the mid-1980s, and has worked in Hinuera stone, bronze, aluminium, stainless steel, earth and wood. Underlying her practice … Read more

Gaye Jurisich

Born in 1953, Jurisich is a Hamilton-based artist of many years’ experience, whose often-temporary public installations have been increasingly visible since 2005. A painter and sculptor, her signature works are her extraordinary, innovative and playful sculptural installations created for the most part from unusual and unexpected materials such as plastic, lei or coloured builders’ twine, … Read more

Monique Jansen

MONIQUE JANSENBorn in 1970, Jansen graduated BFA in 1992 and MFA in 1995 from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She also gained her Certificate in Adult Teaching from AIT in 1995. Jansen is driven by her fascination for the divide between the handmade and the machine-generated, and her love for repetitive mark-making. Using … Read more

Michael Hight

MICHAEL HIGHT, born 1961 Stratford Hight graduated B.Soc.Sc from the University of Wellington in 1982. He is a self-taught artist who has been painting since the age of 14. During the 1990s, Hight’s focus was on abstract series of work which he enjoyed for their element of chance, and the subsequent uncertainty of outcome. These … Read more

Christine Hellyar

CHRISTINE HELLYAR, born 1947 New PlymouthHellyar graduated Diploma of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 1969. She taught at Elam from 1981 to 1996, during which time she was awarded the first Adam Award for her significant contribution to New Zealand art, leaving there to work full time in her studio. Common … Read more

Sam Harrison

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1985 in Christchurch, Sam Harrison displays an exceptional talent in his extraordinary woodcuts and life-sized sculptures of wax on plaster. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art & Design from the Canterbury Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s School of Art & Design in 2006 and held his first solo exhibition in 2008. A … Read more

Jeffrey Harris

JEFFREY HARRIS, b. 1949 Akaroa A self-taught artist, Harris has been painting since 1970, and was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, University of Otago, in 1977. Then a prolific painter, Harris’s works over the next two decades depicted couples or family groups in various daily situations. They were largely autobiographical, highly symbolic and … Read more

Pat Hanly

PAT HANLY, born 1932, Palmerston North. Died 2004, Auckland. Graduated Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, 1956.Throughout his long career, Hanly juggled his need to express his response to matters of social conscience with his gift for creating paintings that convey great joyfulness. The resulting works were, variously, political, reflective … Read more

W D (Bill) Hammond

W.D. HAMMOND, born 1947 in Christchurch. Bill Hammond is one of New Zealand’s most exciting contemporary artists and his work is in huge demand. He attended Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, from 1966-68. Although it wasn’t until 1980 that he began exhibiting his paintings, it didn’t take long for the New Zealand … Read more

Darryn George

Born in 1970 in Christchurch, Darryn George (Nga Puhi) graduated BFA (Painting) from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, in 1993, gained his Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education the following year, and graduated MFA (Painting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1998. He has been exhibiting since 1994 … Read more

Marian Fountain

MARIAN FOUNTAIN grew up in New Zealand with a strong visual contact with Maori art, and also an acute sensibility towards the mixing of two cultures. At the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, where she discovered her oracle and means of expression, Marian learned the techniques of bronze casting. Arriving in Europe in … Read more