Kristen Olson Stone
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.
Michelle McIverMichelle McIver grew up in the south of New Zealand, and spent most of her childhood with pencil in hand, drawing. After initially studying Fine Arts at the Otago School of Art, she went on to University of Otago to do her arts degree in Anthropology, Education and Japanese. Five years spent living and working in rural Japan piqued Michelle’s interest in the Japanese aesthetic. This country of often extreme contrasts fascinated her, but Michelle found she was most drawn to their practice of mindfulness and appreciation of their surroundings and nature. Upon returning to New Zealand Michelle taught in secondary schools and now lives in Auckland, where she enjoys painting and printmaking full-time.
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.
Deborah Moss Deborah Moss works from her country studio in North Auckland alongside lush gardens and a beautiful native forest which provide endless inspiration for her creative practice. Her colourful and expressive paintings mirror her dynamic surroundings and contain references to organic forms and a growing visual vocabulary. Layers and colours are initially applied playfully, inviting a more considered response as a dialogue between gestures and storytelling evolves. Deborah has exhibited throughout New Zealand and, recently, in Australia. Her work is represented by several galleries in New Zealand and held in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Anya MowllAnya Mowll is a full-time artist based in Wellington. She graduated with a Diploma in Ceramic Arts in 2012 and then completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts at Whitireia Polytechnic. Anya works from home in her studio mostly with clay, but also experiments with new media. The texture of fired ceramics is intriguing as she explores the very smooth to sharp as a knife, as well as preserving fingerprints in the finished pieces. Fluid glazes are another line of experimentation.Anya finds her inspiration in nature, particularly in features like growth, weathering, evolution and organic structures. Always on the lookout for new ideas, she can also usually be found working on three or four projects simultaneously.
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.
Janice NapperThe distinctive, contemporary artwork of Janice Napper is distinctive for its rich hues and glass-like finishes. Drawn to the shiny, smooth surfaces of lacquer and perspex, Janice paints intuitively, often working from rough drawings while tackling the complex technical challenges involved in working with polymer and gel coat on a large scale. The fluidity of these captivating works demonstrates her confidence using these media, coupled with a strong understanding of design and composition which reflects her background in advertising.
Natalie NesbittNatalie Nesbitt is a figurative painter who works ‘alla prima’ (wet-on-wet) in oils, usually from life. A distinguishing feature of Natalie’s work is her ability to see and express the intensity of every-day scenes and places, in part by centring her artworks around the subtle qualities of light. Most of her work to date is on a smaller scale, though as she finds a looser, more expressive brushstroke her work is becoming larger. Light and movement are themes she wishes to explore further in her work. Natalie lives in Wellington with her husband and young daughter.
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.
Kristen Olson StoneA meticulous artist, Kristen Olson Stone works to create each painting so that it is abstract in nature when looked at close up. When seen from further away, the brushstrokes magically come together to reveal a particular subject. Her technique encompasses an exceptional level of detail and accuracy, combined with a warm, inviting style. Her artwork is collected and exhibited at five-star resorts, luxury commercial spaces such as the corporate collection of ASB, high-end private homes and the collection of President and Mrs. Obama.
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.
Catherine RobertsCatherine Roberts lives on the south coast of Wellington, where she has painted her semi-abstract landscapes for 18 years. Painting is in many ways an organic process for her. She is inspired by the New Zealand environment, in particular forest and bush scenes. Each piece starts with an idea and an open-minded vision and usually evolves from layers of texture, paint and lacquer, resulting in an organic-looking piece of work, without perfect lines or brushstrokes. Due to the style and process of Catherine’s painting, some of the movement of paint and colour distribution is out of her control, and she ‘lets nature take its course’. Catherine’s work is available in art galleries throughout Aotearoa.
Judy RogersOriginally from Melbourne, Judy moved to New Zealand 13 years ago. Living in Devonport unleashed her creative inner child, her love of fantasy and enchantment. The frequently miniaturised characteristic of her art is representative of her passion and attention to detail, and invariably initiates a smile to those who study her art. 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 unique style reflects her view of life, which is to embrace the simple beauty of each day, not take life too seriously and nurture the child within. Judy Roger’s work is held in the Wallace Arts Trust collection.
roOm“roOm” is the name under which this artist creates and shows work. As an artist, roOm is interested in the anonymity that photography brings. When you take a photo, people focus on the image and the camera... not the artist behind it. roOm likes the idea of the artist being invisible and letting the camera do the work. roOm’s work has been in the final selection of the Signature Art Award at the NZ Art Show in Wellington four years running, and in 2017 was privileged to be voted the winner of the Signature Art Award for the work: “Less is Less 05”. roOm has been looking forward to exhibiting at the Mount Albert Grammar School Art Show.
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.
Mandy RodgerMandy Rodger’s practice explores totality and builds on the premise that nothing stands by itself. Her gestural marks create a sense of impermanence and transition. The paintings are an improvisation - a response to, and interpretation of, what lies below and the intrinsic relationships between each form, gesture and colour. The complexity of technique and paint application belie the simplicity of form and gesture. Mandy seeks to step over a deliberative cognitive threshold so as to create a rhythmically intuitive, emergent ‘mind-scape’. Mandy has been selected as a double finalist in this year’s National Contemporary Art Awards.
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