Sarah AlbisserSarah Albisser was born in Switzerland in 1976. She completed her studies as a contemporary dancer in 1996 in New York. Her career as an independent dancer and choreographer included founding the dance theatre company Waterproof in 2001 which performed internationally. Sarah won awards in 2002 and 2003 for this work.She received a certificate in art from Farbmuehle in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2006 and also completed a one year painting course at the Art Station in Auckland, New Zealand. Over the last 12 years Sarah has been experimenting with black and white portraits, expressing her fascination with faces, expressions, body and gestures and inspired by strong female characters who are original and have a powerful presence. Sarah has had exhibitions of her work in Switzerland, New Zealand and Los Angeles. Her artworks are now held in private collections around the world.
Galia AmselKnown for her dramatic cast-glass sculptures, British-born Galia Amsel is one of the leading contemporary glass artists now working in New Zealand. A graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Amsel relocated her studio and family to the rural edge of West Auckland in 2003. She has achieved international recognition for her highly developed understanding of glass, with a visual language uniquely her own. Amsel’s sculpture revolves around the central paradox of glass as both a fluid and a solid medium. Through shape, translucence, texture and colour, she conveys her preoccupation with movement, tension and balance and her resulting works manage both drama and subtlety. She has a prolific exhibition history in the United States, England, Europe and Oceania. Her work is represented in numerous international collections including the Corning Museum of Glass, USA; The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Ulster Museum, Ireland; and Glassammlung Ernsting, Germany.
Ronald AndreassendRonald Andreassend’s creativity blurs the boundaries between visual arts, craft, design and fashion, resulting in an output which ranges from artwork, sculptures, jewellery, costume, homeware and residential fixtures, to organising artist collaborations and events.Ronald’s ideas are drawn from family stories, his culture, interests, experimentation and objects that sometimes have no reason to exist other than to amuse and intrigue.Over the last two years he has been exploring Pacifica Auckland in culture, art, society and politics. It has been an eye opener, delving into areas that few are privileged to see. He has participated on many projects, as a photographer, artist and designer as well as simply volunteering or enjoying the warmth of Pacific culture and people.
Nicolle AstonNicolle Aston lives and creates in Matakana. Her work reflects the way she sees life – vibrant and delightful, yet delicate and layered.Nicolle is deliberate with her subject matter and enjoys the simplicity of portraying her subject without abstraction or nuance, but doesn't attempt absolute realism. She likes to play with light, shadow and amplified contrast, intentionally avoiding the fine detail realism requires and placing more emphasis on shape, form and the bold use of colour. One of the most important elements she looks for is contrast: where there is contrast, there is drama. She weighs what she would like to add, alter or enhance carefully to bring her signature style to the subject.Nicolle favours acrylics as they have less blending qualities than oils and are more impatient, which helps her to produce a look which combines stylism with realism.
Andrew Barns-GrahamAndrew lives and works in Auckland. He has a Fine Arts Degree from Elam and has been a full-time artist for 17 years. Andrew has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards on three occasions and has also been a finalist in the Adam Portraiture Award. He is known for his hard-edged, perfectly blended portraiture which takes as its theme idealised beauty. These new works, however, use a reduced palette and brushwork to create more dreamlike portraits with hints of abstraction.
Janine BarrAuckland-based artist and photographer Janine Barr has been painting for over 20 years. She originally qualified as an art teacher and has spent much of her working life encouraging others to strive for their own creative genius. Janine blends her passion for exploration/play in this latest body of work using alcohol inks on synthetic papers. Because alcohol ink causes a reaction, changing mercurially when heat is applied, it is reminiscent of nature and celestial photography, where much of Janine’s inspiration comes from. She recently entered her second art competition in the ‘Abstract - Contemporary’ section of The Royal Easter Show and was received a ‘Highly Commended’ award. To date, her work has been sold to numerous private collectors in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
Blake BeckfordBlake Beckford is an Auckland-based artist who has completed a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts. His work is held in The Wallace Arts Trust collection. Blake has recently been working on a new series of 3D lenticular artworks, employing a process which is not yet widely used by New Zealand artists. The images are best viewed from a distance of about 80 to 150 cm while performing a side to side swaying motion to make the magic happen.
Sean BeldonSean Beldon lives in the Eastern Bays of Auckland. He paints in an expressive and sometimes explosive manner. Sean’s landscapes are inspired by his photographic compositions, and although almost abstract, a little bit of true realism is always present. Brush strokes are large and impulsive and the mood of the piece is created by strong colours, exaggerated for effect. At other times his paintings are subtle and the colours are luminous and soft, with quiet composition. As well as landscape painting, Sean also enjoys creating figurative narratives centred around themes derived from his personal life and the world around him.
Cristina BethCristina Beth obtained a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam in 2009.Currently she divides her time between picture framing two days a week, art restoration and her painting practice in her west Auckland studio.Her love for the environment and her daily practice of yoga and meditation provide inspiration for her work. She appreciates quiet contemplation of the natural everyday beauty around us, as we attend to our daily rituals.
Kirsty BlackKirsty Black aims to create joyful works that engage the viewer, leading them on a journey of individual interpretation. The first step in starting a new work is intuitive. It begins with the freedom of the initial gestural sweep of colour, with vigorous brush work then providing the framework. Shapes and movement reveal themselves, transporting Kirsty into a colourful world of invented narrative. In much the same way that cloud-gazing prompts a story, or daydreaming allows the mind to meander, the development of the artwork in front of her sparks her imagination and a tale unfolds.
Tamzin BlairTamzin Blair had her first solo exhibition in 2002. Her unique collection of paintings on acrylic resin celebrates femininity and the artist's identity. She has always had a love of the human figure and its mysticism, a fascination that can clearly be seen in many of her artworks. Tamzin enjoys the depth and translucency of working on and under acrylic resin. She would like people to look into her paintings and discover layers and depth, colour relationships, contrast, harmonies.
Serena Buonaguidi-HaynesSerena's paintings have a mythical aesthetic, often being perceived as whimsical, ethereal and dream-like. The likes of birds, deer and swimmers are the main subjects of her work, the result of her move from the bustle of the city to the country, where she is now surrounded by nature and the calming ocean. Serena has a unique approach to painting - canvasses are laid flat on the floor, using bold brush strokes for backgrounds, finger painting for figures, while finer details are achieved through wire scratching and pencil drawings. Originally from London, Serena has successfully established a loyal clientele both internationally and in New Zealand.
Robert BrownLike most young boys, Robert Brown started out drawing ships with lots of sails and masts. His medium is pen and ink/colour pencil. He draws his inspiration from the gnarled pōhutukawa that fringe the Northland and Coromandel coastlines.
Caroline BurtonCaroline Burton works from her rural studio south of Auckland. She creates abstract contemporary fibre artworks, often with three-dimensional sculptural elements. Wisps of wool and silk fibre are used as painterly ‘brush strokes’. Caroline is inspired by natural organic form and fascinated by details in creation that are hidden from sight. Her work is often informed by her background in engineering. A self-taught artist, she has taken a medium that traditionally is ‘crafted’ and has developed her artistic voice. Caroline is an award-winning artist and her work is available in a number of galleries around New Zealand.
Marcus CapesMarcus Capes is an English-born New Zealand artist based in Auckland. He has been making art for over 20 years. His work is informed and shaped by the many global issues and ideas that exist in our contemporary world. The materials used in Marcus’ work often include ink, graphite and enamel, creating a dynamic surface reaction and tension. The process allows - even encourages - a semi-controlled trial and error, which can lead the work in varying directions, while the finished works can appear polished and may reference a more organized spectral method. Marcus’ work attempts to explore themes of nationalism, national and individual identity, perception and individuality in an increasingly globalized world, often simultaneously rejecting and embracing ideals of aestheticism. Marcus has work in private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia, as well as the Waikato Museum and the James Wallace Arts Trust collection.
Pat CaseyPat Casey trained at the Harrow School of Art and specialises in painting London, his hometown, albeit with an intermittently foreboding edge. He attributes this to growing up there during the 1970s, a time when the threat of violence was ever-present. He has developed, and continues to develop, a style which is heavily influenced by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the literature of Robert Stone. Pat was a finalist in the 2010 and 2012 Adam Portraiture Award and in 2010 his entry was selected to tour the country. He was also invited by Liz Caughey to exhibit in the Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition in Auckland in the same year.
Issie CassidyIssie is currently in her third year of University studying a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance at Unitec. She began exploring portraiture in her senior years of high school and found a particular interest in exaggerating bright colours within the skin tones she paints. She often contrasts the vivid pinks and purples in her oil paints with the wooden boards that she paints on, leaving the backgrounds unpainted and keeping the wood exposed. Despite training full-time to become a contemporary dancer, Issie continues to paint regularly and hopes to have more of her work exhibited in the future.
Tracey CoakleyArt-making is Tracey Coakley’s love. Drawing, sketching, taking photos and painting have opened up her autobiographical narrative, becoming an important instrument that allows her to explore the interconnections of her creative practices and personal experiences, including anxiety and depression. It was in this context that she painted her most recent works, a narrative of a woman feeling overwhelmed by her raw emotions. She now takes a step backwards to view herself through the lens of an audience. The viewer is an accidental observer of these hidden moments.
Elizabeth CrosbyElizabeth Crosby works with experimental combinations of watercolour paint and ink. A variety of painting media repel and attract one another in petri dish-like micro-climates of texture, grain and form. Details go beyond the marks made by the artist’s hand and into the granular characteristics of the media themselves, inviting the viewer into a closer meditation on Crosby’s seductive surfaces.
Deborah CroweDeborah Crowe’s limited edition digital collages are part field-photography, part proposition, part representation of potential future environments. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, Deborah Crowe has been exhibiting since 1986. She has work in significant public and private collections including the The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, The Dowse Art Museum, Glasgow School of Art, The Wallace Arts Trust and private collections in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Crowe’s interdisciplinary work has won awards and featured in national and international exhibitions. She recently judged the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award.
Catherine DunnCatherine Dunn is a Northland-based artist and curator. She works full-time making art and curating exhibitions for the local arts community. Her main areas of interest are painting, sculpture and printmaking. Catherine’s paintings often develop in three stages. They begin with a very energetic first stage, often being created on the ground, using homemade tools and incorporating full body movements to transfer energy and marks to the surface with charcoal, ink, graphite and acrylic flow paint. The important second stage involves the application of many layers of transparent and opaque colour, involving hours of sanding, wiping, and the application of further layers. The third stage is reserved for the very deliberate refinement of the composition through to its end resolution.
Adele EaglesonContemporary artist Adele Eagleson works in oil on canvas. Not restricted to brushwork, she uses a variety of tools, mediums and techniques to achieve the effect she wants. Adele first picked up a paint brush at art school in 1998 after a corporate career in HR and banking management. Exhibitions with established galleries throughout Aotearoa New Zealand followed in 2003, then invitations to exhibit internationally. Adele’s works are held in private collections both here and overseas, and she is currently gallery-represented in Auckland and Wellington. Paintings evolve gradually as the paint is worked to create points of interest on the canvas, maintaining the focus on her desire to capture a moment in time or a memory of a place. Adele’s current collection plays with landforms and abstract seas.
John EcuyerLiving near a shoreline rich in bird life has reinforced the preciousness and fragility of something which is uniquely us. John Ecuyer’s work is an artistic expression of these two co-existing realities.His work is to be found in public collections here in New Zealand, in Taiwan and in the United States of America.
John EdgarJohn Edgar was born in Auckland in 1950 and since 1977 has been a sculptor. His work investigates human interaction with resources in the modern world, and is internationally recognised for its understanding of the ancient craft of stone working. He has travelled widely and his work is held in many collections. His public sculptures are in the Auckland Domain, Queen Street, and Waitakere City Civic Centre. In 2008 he was honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to art. He is actively involved in conservation and environmental projects, and has been the President of The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society for the past 20 years.
Val EngerVal Enger has been been painting full time for the last 6 years and is currently attending Matthew Browne School of Arts. She studied art at High School until the 6th form and was accepted into Elam School of Fine Arts, but put her studies on hold while she travelled overseas. Val paints in acrylics, oils, and watercolour. Often it is her garden or her travels overseas and around New Zealand that are her inspiration. Lately she has been producing more abstract landscapes. She has won several awards for still life and landscape paintings, most recently a First Prize for Contemporary Landscape at the Easter Show and First Prize for Landscape at Waitākere Art Awards and Exhibition.
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