Joanne MahoneyJoanne Mahoney was born and brought up near the coast of the Wairarapa. She now lives in Whangamatā on the Coromandel Coast and works from her studio at home. She had little experience of art until she went to live in Singapore for two years, where she discovered that she could paint. When she returned to New Zealand she had several inspirational teachers and mentors, but is mainly self-taught. Joanne’s love of the coastal environment is reflected in her watercolour paintings of beachcombing finds. Many of these have been reproduced as prints and cards.Asian influences are often seen in her work. Having experimented with mixed media for some years, Joanne was introduced to printmaking in 2017. She now uses watercolour (for delicate layering), mixed media (for textures and colours), and printmaking (drypoint, collagraph, chine-collé) in her creations.
Janet MazenierJanet Mazenier came to art after raising her children and a long business career. When she retired, her unrelenting need for physical expression led her on a continuing exploration of a new identity within the medium of painting. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, and is currently a Master of Fine Arts student at Elam, University of Auckland. Janet’s paintings reflect her search for her unique artistic voice. She pushes beyond the distraction of the obvious, seeking to explore the quirky, the hidden. Her paintbrush has led her on a search for new materials and techniques, combining the layering of art media, colour, texture, mark-making and intuition with layers of personal meaning and, at times, humour.Janet is an invited member of an artist collective based in the United States. Her work is held in private collections in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Paula McNeillPaula is an award-winning mixed media artist and printmaker with a nationwide reputation. She allows the viewer to enjoy their journey through the many aspects of her work, delighting in the direction in which it takes them. At her working studio in the Coromandel the fresh, uplifting environment creates the inspiration for her vibrant and compelling works.
Peter MillerPeter Miller lives in coastal west Auckland but works from a central city studio, and has been working from this studio as a full time artist for around 20 years. He is perhaps best known as a realist still life painter, in particular as a painter of old toy cars and trucks. More recently Peter has also been using the human presence within his work to create a stronger sense of narrative within the painting. Within this he has been exploring themes relating to the state of the planet and our impact on it, at times to celebrate human potential and at times to suggest that we are falling well short of our potential.
Cam MunroeCam Munroe’s large works on canvas speak confidently of texture and gesture - the latter being a preference for mark-making that offer contour to these creations. Works appear simple in composition, however the technique, restraint and problem solving are integral to the successful outcome of her works. Each gesture - balanced between purposeful lines of light and dark - remains. Each mark contributes to the creation of a work that captures a series of thoughts and moments with the ink and medium used. Each form of shape becomes a letter of an alphabet but not each is used as a code. An L or Y shape therefore can represent any letter, hieroglyph or picture element in any combination. Like codices documents, sometimes these are unreadable until they are more closely scrutinised and deciphered. They also must work aesthetically in the composition which is an integral consideration.
Christian NicolsonChristian Nicolson has worked as a full-time artist for the past 13 years and is based in Auckland. He initially studied design and worked for several years as an art director in advertising roles in New Zealand and London. He loves to paint, sculpt, use photography, create installations, and make films. He has several works in The Wallace Arts Trust collection and has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards six times. Christian has also featured in three of Denis Robinson’s art publications including New Zealand’s Favourite Artists Volume 2. He focuses on one solo exhibition a year and has also featured in many group shows such as Sculpture on the Gulf and NZ Sculpture OnShore. Christian has also made an award-winning feature film called ‘This Giant Papier Mâché Boulder is Actually Really Heavy’ (2016). Being creative is king.
Lisa OrmsbyLisa Ormsby is an established artist based in Otorohanga who has exhibited in group exhibitions and art events throughout New Zealand since 1998. She shares her passion for art with her four children and also enjoys networking with fellow artists. Lisa specialises in acrylic and mixed media, striving for a balance between evolving her work and maintaining her own sense of style and uniqueness. She uses nature as a reference point and inspiration, offering us an opportunity to see the natural world through her eyes - where the beauty of the rock outshines the diamond.
John PapasJohn Papas was born in New Zealand in 1942 and is of Scots/Greek parentage. He is regarded as a senior New Zealand artist and a key figure in the history of New Zealand art. He draws symbols for his works from a rich and diverse visual language, including sources such as his Greek ancestry, souvenirs from travel, religious icons and favourite historical artworks. Although John has specialised in painting and ceramics, he uses a wide range of materials - bronze, steel, glass, copper, perspex, ceramic tiles, paper, clay and canvas - to express a concept. John has exhibited extensively with solo shows in London, Lucerne, Hong Kong, Germany, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and throughout New Zealand. His works are held in the permanent collections of the New Zealand, British and Greek governments, major New Zealand galleries and many private collections, both in New Zealand and internationally.
Monica PatersonMonica Paterson has an interest in figure and portraiture in her painting and drawing, weaving this together with a desire to be connected to her Samoan genealogy. Her work references family history and spiritual beliefs, and draws from her background in computer graphic design, illustration and fabric design. After a period away from the arts whilst raising her family, Monica has returned to painting regularly in recent years. At the beginning of 2017, Monica joined the Corban Estate Arts Centre as an artist in residence where she painted as she was inspired.
Jill PerrottJill Perrott’s painting and drawing have been inspired by New Zealand's dramatic and unique landscapes for over twenty years. She would not describe herself as a conventional painter - the last three decades have been full of experimentation, trial and error. The constant of her work, however, is her choice of materials: spray paint, stencils, texture, resin and oil stick. Jill works from photographs in her Titirangi studio and is represented in galleries throughout New Zealand.
Paula PetherickPaula Petherick is a fine art photographer. She recently returned home to New Zealand from the Middle East with her husband and two teenage children, to concentrate solely on her art. Paula works mostly in a studio environment combined with a digital darkroom, enabling her to build her images using photographed layers of texture and light. Paula is strongly influenced by the classic forms of art and design that she has seen on her travels, combined with a love of the ‘kiwi identity’.
Grace PopplewellGrace Popplewell is exhibiting in the Mount Albert Grammar School Art Show for her fourth year, this time as a second year Albertian studying Communication Arts at AUT. In her final year as a student at Mount Albert Grammar School in 2017, she placed 1st in design among the students at the MAGS Art Show and sold one piece to the James Wallace Arts Trust collection. Grace’s illustrated pieces vary greatly in style from digital flat illustrations to mixed media to detailed line drawings. Her goal is to explore as many mediums and styles as possible and let her work speak of the enjoyment she has in creating it.
Robin RangaRobin is inspired by nature's design and endurance, and how subliminal forces impact on social cultural and environment perspectives. Using a variety of medium she strives to express and share empathy for the viewer in order to recognize and explore universal compassionate themes. Robin achieved a Bachelor Visual Arts in 2005. She was one of three artists invited to visit and exhibit at Image & Imagination 2016, Nongyuang International Arts Village, Chengdu, China. Robin was a winner at the Waiclay National Ceramic Awards 2017, Waikato Museum, and has been selected to participate in the Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke 2019.
Judy RogersOriginally from Melbourne, Judy Rogers moved to New Zealand 12 years ago. Living in Devonport unleashed her creative inner child, her love of fantasy and enchantment. The frequently miniaturised character of her art is representative of her passion and attention to detail, and invariably elicits a smile. Judy’s work is predominantly Steampunk with a poetically romantic, quirky twist. Often with a practical but non-conformist vision in mind, she is inspired by the English writer H.G. Wells and the French novelist, poet and playwright Jules Verne. Her art reflects her view of life, which is to embrace the simple beauty of each day, to not take life too seriously and to nurture the child within.
Rachel RushRachel Rush has evolved from Rachel Rush’s love of all the amazing street art around the world - from the alleyways of Melbourne, the surviving slabs of the Berlin Wall, to the gritty streets of New York. She was inspired to capture the energy and feeling from the streets, and to put it up on canvas, offering each painting to ‘become a piece of the bigger picture’.
Cathryn RyanAuckland artist Cathryn Ryan loves to explore the diverse qualities and alluring nature of botanical subject matter. Magnification and careful cropping are an essential part of her artistic process, helping to provide each composition with emphasis, structural balance and harmony. As a result, form and space collide in an interwoven tapestry of colour, light and shade. These works represent a perfect visual record of the passing seasons, of decay and regeneration, while honouring the innate beauty that they hold. Non-botanical works explore other topics that require attention. Whether a landscape or wildlife, Cathryn aims to pique curiosity, to consider an expression, or to look beyond the surface appearance. Variation of texture and tone enhance the mood and create a fresh, honest and lively portrayal.
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