Main Art Artists
I paint mainly in oil paints and am always striving to come up with new ideas and concepts. You never stop learning as an artist. I have a passion for Kiwiana artwork but try to be a little different.
With a love for colour and texture, abstract florals and little houses, Carolyn’s paintings consist of many layers developing a depth of complimentary hues. A semi-abstract result unfolds, with some familiar features and joyful bursts of colour.
Baker is of Japanese, Māori and European heritage, which has greatly influenced her practice. Her work is informed by street art and exploring a range of methods of making, resulting in visually intricate paintings.
Using boat-building techniques he is experimenting and developing his own style of sculpture.
My work reflects how I see life – vibrant and delightful, yet delicate and layered. I like to paint subjects that people don’t ordinarily take the time to marvel at. Finding beauty in the introverted and the understated is a common thread that weaves its way through my work.
I am largely self-taught. The first painting I sold was a realistic landscape, since then my style has ranged from realistic landscapes to abstract and a current enthusiasm is infinity nets, inspired by the works of Yayoi Kusama.
My work has included a variety of styles and techniques which reflect my love of vibrant colours and patterns. I am constantly exploring new genres as I enjoy the freedom of experimentation.
Lisa's work has always been strongly textural and inviting, with rich colours. Moving on from just highlighting her work with resin, she now uses resin as the predominant medium, mixing it with metallic and coloured pigments that catch the light as you move past the artwork.
Kevin originally studied and worked in graphic design. While living and working in London, he moved into the field of commercial sculpture, where he created sculptures that were used in television, advertising and the West End productions.
Tut’s consideration and attention to harmony is present in every aspect of her work, from size of canvas to how she chooses colour and applies it. She uses colours to radiate off and blend into each other, creating a magical atmospheric painting.
Denis produces art and design works in a range of media. His special interest in landforms and topography includes study of geomorphology at tertiary level and may reflect a birth and childhood a few kilometres from Mount Taranaki.
Amanda loves watercolour painting, more than that - it's her life!! She's totally addicted to the chemical reactions produced by the combination of organic watercolour pigments, traditional watercolour papers and water - she loves watching paint dry!!
Art has been a passion of mine throughout my entire life. I work mainly in oils with landscapes and portraits being my preferred subjects. I have my own studio at home and am now also doing clay sculpture work. I have exhibited a number of pieces and have sold works locally and overseas.
Born in England, Helen moved to NZ at the age of 8. As a self-taught artist, her inspirations come from Gothic, Celtic and Fantasy Art. Metallic and transparent acrylic paint are introduced into her current paintings, to achieve a moody and dramatic look.
Barry is a self-taught artist whose paintings are inspired by looking at the changing imagery and the various colours and shapes of clouds and sky, which are constantly on the move. Painting in oil on canvas is his preferred medium.
She describes her work as "blurring the boundaries between art and design and craft." Indeed, her works do blur boundaries. It's hard to decide if her paintings are crystals, popsicles, animals, vegetables or something even more surreal.
Although her preference has developed over time, Vivienne’s favourite artistic styles are colour field, action or motion painting, and abstract expressionism. She has worked with many mediums and is now working with oil on paper.
Bryn is a multimedia artist and art teacher based in Auckland. His work explores his surroundings and is often in response to the continual transformation of the city.
My art touches on the world of surrealism forging an interplay between dreams and reality. The compositions calmly bend the laws of nature, displaying whimsical creatures and botanicas together in a contemporary explosive and playful way which aims at interesting magic into the mundane.
Ailene is a fine art digital artist, creating timeless, painterly images that blend dance and fantasy with a glimpse of story. She uses her art as a form of magic - transforming her models, and herself, into dream archetypal heroines.
Jennie uses the motif of landscape as a visual language to explain and describe how every moment has a possible past, present and future. There is a deliberate tension between suggestion and representation, preventing sentimentality and promoting sensitivity.
Cate Dine is an environmental artist who cleans up litter from local beaches and selects pieces of washed-up plastic to create artworks with a message. Using her artistic skills, Cate hopes to raise awareness of the types of everyday plastic items ending up in our ocean.
Landforms and markings mainly come from my imagination and my own experiences of traveling through New Zealand. I enjoy playing with layers, building up, paring back, scraping and excavating parts to reveal colours underneath then repainting over using a variety of tools to create movement, mood and effect.
Gaylene pieces are created using painted paper in a sculptural manner, sometimes recycling her own or friends earlier discarded paper works, or recycled printed works from books. There is a sense of movement, depth, texture and the possibility of change.
I create art works and jewellery pieces. My favourite mediums to work with are paper, wood, clay, paint, pouring medium & resin. I am constantly drawn to the relationship between colour, texture, pattern and form found in the natural world around us.
I work in multiples - often 100, and use my compulsion and obsessive nature to create utilising repetition, pattern, colour, contrast, tone and texture as a vehicle to convey ideas, thoughts and experience.
My style is illustrative as a result of my further education and I always try to create a realistic quality in each piece. I love the idea of capturing different eras and creating my own story or scene – they can be cheeky, quirky, calming or decadent - but they always show style and elegance.
Marion is a current student at Elam School of Fine Arts. Originally from South Africa, Marion seeks to represent important aspects of reality and promote a valuation of family, environment and belief.
Jane's work is influenced by the flow and rhythm of Hokusai and the symmetry of Art Deco. Jane likes to create works that are uplifting and celebrate light.
My latest medium is the use of pen and pencil on Bristol paper, with my inspiration coming from gnarled pohutukawa that surrounds our wonderful northern coast line. As a keen sea kayaker I use my camera to capture the more isolated coast.
Jill has been an artist for over 20 years now, starting with oil paintings of seascapes but in recent years she has moved to abstracts and trying her hand at ceramics.
Early works were predominately bird life, but Clinton has recently created a series of works featuring farm animals which has stemmed from his rural background and love of all animals. Clinton’s current works are Acrylic on canvas and his style might be described as bold realism but is constantly evolving.
I generally enjoy a fluid, painterly style which includes gestural brushwork and results in a more abstracted final work. My pieces are an intuitive response to what I see and feel around me. Nature has been a consistent theme in my work, particularly the sea. The ever-changing natural canvas is a constant source of inspiration.
Camilla has created works which are a response to her domestic environment and the New Zealand landscape. Her work shows a special interest in colour, pattern and texture and she works both in figurative and abstract visual languages.
My style is impressionistic combining drip and splatter techniques with impasto. My paintings evoke heady scents on warm breezes and flora bursting with vibrancy and magic. I work in mixed medium, oil over acrylic to achieve a visceral quality to my work.
Tracey has a love of encaustics which is a very ancient way of painting using molten beeswax mixed with damar resin and pigments to create colour. It involves painting layers onto a hard substrate which are then fused to previous layers with heat. Some layers can be very translucent which gives the work depth and an ethereal feel.
Vivien is a successful, fulltime artist/printmaker producing limited edition original prints; these may be her unique etchings, or lino/woodcuts and screen prints. Her passion for our native bird life, flora and fauna and her proximity to the seashore, make these her chosen subjects.
“My inspiration comes, mostly, from the connection between the natural world and the human element. In my still life paintings, the blend of past and present; man-made items combined with the creatures that inhabit the landscape echo that delicate balance.”
Graham has had a lifetime of conceptual art, but now finds he has returned to the beginning. His paintings are a synthesis of sketchbook drawings and memory, expressing the visual poetry that resonates within the bounds of his past and present.
Painting in largely realistic style, Wendy makes occasional forays into more abstract presentation, to allow her style and creativity to evolve. Her more regular subjects include seascapes, landscapes, flora and fauna.
Fiona specialises in beautiful, unique mixed media artworks to create works with loads of texture, bold colours and injections of humour. Fiona enjoys creating pieces that draw on the uniqueness and beauty of Aotearoa and is constantly looking to the world around her for her inspiration.
Craig’s low-relief ceramic sculptures are fired and then over-painted with water colour - often more water than paint as the clay’s porous surface has its own unique character. He highlights with acrylic, gouache, pencil and sometimes a hint of gold leaf.
Jody Hope Gibbons is clear that her practice is materials based where the research occurs through the actual exploration of the materials; it pushes the boundaries of traditional painting practice and techniques by continuing to exploit the use of paint, stains, rust, inks, leaf and varnish.
My abstract acrylic paintings explore aspects of nature. Images evolve as emotional reflections of my subject. The process of painting is immediate and tactile. I build structures and deconstruct layers of paint in a dynamic process. Bold textures and flowing paint coexist in my art.
Karen paints in a quirky, abstracted style. She loves using strong warm colours, her themes covering a wide range: seascapes; items from our pasts; musicians lost in their world of music; recollections of European villages.
“ As an artist, I take my inspiration from the pure beauty and simplicity of nature. From the natural world and all its warm colours, from delicate light and smooth shapes of the landscape, from the vibrant energy of the earth and the fresh green lushness of the bush.”
My work is expressive landscape focussing mainly on the Auckland region and West Coast. I have been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards four times and have several works in the Wallace Collection. In 2018, I was Eden Artists resident artist at the Kare Kare homestead.
Jude works with mix media, mediums that are tactile - often using fingers to become more in touch with her process. Her’s is a transference of energy with colour, shape and form encouraging the viewer into a deeper engagement with themselves.
Colour energizes me- it feeds my soul. I’m in my happy place when I’m creating or am surrounded by colour. I’m an intuitive and emerging mixed media and textile artist. I love taking fibres and creating an original piece of wearable art by tufting, wetting and rolling.
Stuarts work is influenced by his surroundings, the coast and the sea. He works with re-cycled paper which is hand coloured to give vibrancy and texture.
Vera Limmer is a West Auckland artist. Painting on board with acrylic paint, her passion is to see how she can use the medium in different ways, exploring line, pattern and use of colour. She also likes to alter paint and wood, and this plays an important part in her work.
Anna paints old wooden nautical oars using paint and decoupage. This has evolved from her love for sailing, nature and practical art. She enjoys the use of design, colour, interesting textures and space on old wooden oars incorporating a nautical and unique look. The oars can be hung both indoors and outdoors.
I am specifically interested in what happens when spaces are divided by objects or line in both sculpture and painting. There is a continual balancing act between embracing the intuitive nature of things and making aesthetic choices through considered moves: interchanges that can create intensity and subtlety.
As an artist my inspirations stem from textures, colours and my passion to create. My work is typically known for textured Kete Bags trimmed with feathers, birds, beach treasures, seascapes and more recently I’ve ventured into painting florals.
I love my coastal environment hence my watercolours paintings of my beachcombing finds. Some of which have been reproduced into ready to frame prints and cards. Asian influences are often seen in my work too.
She draws her inspiration from New Zealand’s vibrant colours and stunning coastal scenery. Passionate about painting people and animals, capturing movement and that moment in time. Enjoying working in water colours, and oils, her paintings are bold and rich in colour.
I am a bit of a magpie, collecting fabrics and fibres and snippets of ideas and creating something new and wonderful from them. I enjoy using repurposed fabrics, knits and vintage woollen blankets, taking fabrics with a history, giving them a new story to tell.
My work presents you with a sense of freedom, I layer my paint with loose brushstrokes and bold harmonious colour, depicting the beauty of our world. For you it is more than just a picture on a wall - it will remind you of somewhere you’ve been or something you have felt and will bring you much joy for years to come.
With a background in fashion, makeup artistry and design, Sarah uses these themes to inspire her contemporary art work. An intuitive artist who combines a passion for colour and texture to create her unique art work. Using lace, spray paint and Indian ink to follow along exciting fashion trends.
As a painter I am continually filtering visual cues, battling with looking past the distraction of the obvious, re-interpreting life’s fleeting moments and turning them into something ambiguous, discombobulated and colourful. The distillation of experiences and sensations is at the heart of my practice.
“The textures and colours of rust, lichen and paint and rope on neglected and disused buildings and fence posts are the inspiration for my paintings. The transforming into art as nature takes over and repossesses man made objects. I use all manner of materials and tools in order to make the artwork feel alive and breathing!”
Sean was born in Wellington in 1977 to parents from Belfast in Northern Ireland. He moved to Auckland when he was six and spent his school years growing up on the North Shore. Sean graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2001 and has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally since then.
Paula prefers to work with mixed media and printmaking, experiencing the many characteristics of each medium she explores, processes which assists with her ‘story-telling’.
Captivated by the raw beauty of humanity and nature, Ellen paints for opportunities to discuss our people and planet. Self-taught, she is driven by a desire to create artworks that will speak louder than a voice can.
Rachel's work if often experimental as her style is always evolving around her latest inspirations. This year she is showcasing a range of new smaller framed works with an adventure into watercolours complementing her normal medium of acrylics. Her work is organic in its feel, colour tones and subject manner.
Yana is a self taught artist preferring to work with acrylic as a medium on framed canvas. Her style ranges from contemporary landscape to abstract, experimenting in her home art studio with the old and the new.
Anna works in a variety of mediums with a particular interest in printmaking, paint, body art, sculpture and resin. Often inspired by body form, the essence and energy of our being, always with a passion for colour, perspective and depth.
New Plymouth artist, Harry Moores, describes his work as a contemporary look at portraiture. His work taps into the equivocal nature of abstraction, fusing this with lucid representations, and often, unmistakable familiarity.
Leanne's painted, fluid- art style is inspired by the ever-evolving landscapes and seascapes of Aotearoa. Taking cues from the place ‘where things intersect; - land to ocean, ocean to sky, sky to mountain, mountain to forest’, she draws her colours and shapes from these vivid vistas.
Junya has had a career as a textile designer for more than 25 years. He received a textile award in an Italian design competition in 2015. Junya works mainly with woven fabrics, however is now making other designs for printed fabrics.
Donna is a digital and mixed media artist. The body of Donna’s work is Contemporary photo surrealism and her resin works are beautifully toned, with colours blended to reflect oceans and waves.
John’s lifelong involvement with the creative arts has embraced the dynamics of change and renewal. Working across a diverse range of media with sculpture, found objects, painting, print, photography sound and light, his work has evolved into an articulation of space, shape and language within a conceptual framework.
Rose visualises the performative aspects of her poetry using illustration inspired by medieval woodcuts. She uses ballpoint pens, indian ink and digital colour manipulation. Rose’s artistic philosophy is to be aggressively playful.
Lisa specialises in acrylic and mixed media striving for a balance between evolving her work while maintaining her own sense of style and uniqueness, she uses nature as a reference point and inspiration to produce her art pieces.
Murray uses techniques of contemporary art photography to bridge real and imagined worlds. His real world photographs contain symbols and keys that access landscapes of memory, dreams and imagination.
Acrylic along with inks, crayons and texture are used, with the acrylic being applied vigorously giving the works a looseness free of structure colours are vibrant and layered which gives the work depth with Indian ink is used to create free fluid lines.
“When I paint, the more I can remember what it was like to be in the present moment amidst the land I am painting, the more such aliveness comes through onto the canvas.
Spid Pye began his career in 1995. He acquired his first camera at 17, and was self-taught until he attended art school in London. He obtained a Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust grant on his return to New Zealand. Spid has received many awards for his work.
Rose-Mary finds inspiration in the natural environment for her Fluid Acrylic art works (i.e. the ocean, native bush etc). Her Fluid Acrylic works are created by using acrylic paint, paint extender and silicone, which together create different combinations of coloured cells.
Kirsten draws inspiration for her work from the landscape, patterns and textures, from nature’s colours and the ever-changing light. Mixed media, printmaking, photography and montage artworks, using photographs, paints, canvas, paper, inks and fabric feature in her work.
I simply love the act of putting brush to canvas regardless of the subject matter. I enjoy large landscapes in work and real life, but will paint anything that sparks my interest whether person, place, object or idea.
Influenced by the natural environment, Andrea is primarily focussed on creating meaningful artworks that have narratives around environmental issues. Many of her works portray playful depictions of birds and her latest collection is inspired by our feathered friends.
Sarah C is a designer and artist whose brand is offered all over the world, in several different mediums. Sarah's Maori ancestry comes from the Coromandel and Ngati Porou descent, however she spent her childhood and teenage years in Mangawhai Heads.
Working mostly with acrylics and inks, Birgitt’s style is constantly changing although there are two things that rarely change; her love of bright, bold colours and a recurring theme of circles. She was chosen to paint a cow for the Morrinsville Herd of Cows Street Art Project which is standing outside the Morrinsville Museum.
Judy, an Auckland based photographer, with awards in many genres of photography, loves first and foremost to just play with her camera. One of her favourite techniques is Intentional Camera Movement as she takes the images - this creates a softness and an ability to often simplify the essence of a scene.
Vicky's medium is Pyrography-the process of very slowly burning wood with a hot metal wire. Her emotional journey is reflected in her art pieces in which she uses realism or surrealism. Animals are a common feature due to my years of working with them and observing emotions that are very similar to ours.
Ioana's painting style is bright and vibrant with a Pasifika theme and her photographic images often capture the celebrations of life. The inspiration for her work can be attributed to her Samoan heritage, New Zealand culture and Christian beliefs.
Trish’s paintings are created in an abstracted minimalistic style favouring the Nordic tones of blue, greys and blacks - bringing out the ever-changing light and shadows of the landscape and mysteries of distant horizons.
Samantha celebrates the vibrant colours and textures of the native animals of New Zealand in her ongoing series ‘A Song of Land and Sea’. Inspired by the time she spends adventuring outdoors; she brings her explorations to life in her rich digital paintings that draws viewers into the beauty that New Zealand offers.
Carol uses an oil medium to create different effects and draw into, scrape and shape the paint with various tools to reveal the layers below. She enjoys using thinly glazed layers that reveal some of the luminosity of the first layer of paint.
My years as a creative director and photographer taught me well. It embedded an understanding of composition and more importantly, depth of field. I think my love of New Zealand landscape painting evolved from the challenges of re-creating interesting light with depth of field on the canvas.
The artist’s inspiration comes from powerful beauty of nature and endless possibilities of creative process itself. Irina’s art is known for its distinctive style, vibrant colours and clarity of vision. Her favourite colours are red, orange, yellow- hues of sunshine and fire, warm, passionate and expressive.
Rae’s works pulse with the kinetic freedom of fluidity and light. She uses multiple veils of pigment, resin and ink, which blend and react against each other creating beautiful forms and textures. The end results are spontaneous, subconscious, and sensual.
Marilyn’s works cover domestic ware and lately the use of stencils has played a major part with her decorating method. For this body of work, Marilyn creates handmade tiles from porcelain clay, stencils on a silhouette, then with the use of an aged technique (sgraffito) and reductive shading.
Julie enjoys working with a variety of tools, mediums and techniques, especially acrylic and mixed media, producing works that are a combination of real life, images she captures, and her imagination. She experiments, learning new techniques and producing paintings that are varied and surprising.
My art also explores aspects of iconic New Zealand scenery and symbolism connected with my beloved geometric patterns from the 1970s. I would describe my work as an explosion of bold strong colour and texture. I use acrylic and mixed media on canvas and board with resin effects.
Lyndy has a diverse range of styles but the strong use of colour is constant. Relying on instinct and intuition, paintings often evolve layer by layer. Bold gestural movements are counteracted by the need to put things in order.