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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arwen FlowersArwen Flowers is a New Zealand artist who grew up in Waitākere, near the beautiful ranges, forests and beaches of the west coast of Auckland. After finishing high school she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam, specialising in painting and photography. Since then, Arwen has developed a flexible, multi-media approach to her art practice, which is motivated by a desire to recycle and repurpose second-hand materials. Arwen's creative impulse is centered around themes of collecting, exploration, navigation, migration, and South Pacific/European identity and femininity. In her body of work - painting, collage, prints and alternative photography - she often references landscape and oceanic forms. She uses poetry and a love of music to help develop her ideas. Arwen Flowers' studio is located in Helensville, Auckland.
Hannah FouhyHannah Fouhy is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Elam in Auckland. She is primarily interested in the presence given to a space and uses traditional darkroom techniques to develop her black and white silver gelatin photographs. The underlying presence of a landscape is crucial as it means the world the viewer attends or connects to is not a static or indifferent one. With a fascination and love for the land, Hannah seeks to explore the overarching emotional attachment from those that inhabit or pass through the landscape.
Sonia FraserThe foundation of Sonia’s work comes from a sense of prehistory: untouched seascapes which convey serene isolation, capturing a sense of the familiar while not necessarily depicting a specific place; uninhabited landscapes, some with faint impressions of former human presence. Trees are a constant theme in her work and are either shown from a bird's-eye perspective, giving a sense of the abstract to otherwise recognisable imagery, or anchored against stormy skies, struggling with the elements. Sonia lives in the Mahurangi region and has an Advanced Diploma of Art and Design. She exhibits and sells her work in several Auckland galleries.
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