Kristen Olson Stone
Jade Oskar Harvey
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.
Michael NgMichael Ng is an Auckland artist and has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He attended Mount Albert Grammar School in the 1980s and his interest in art led him to a career in design. After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Architecture, Michael worked in architects’ offices before changing careers in 1998 to photograph architecture and interiors. After having worked with large-format analogue cameras in the past, Michael now prefers to use a high-resolution digital back to reveal subtle tones and details hidden from the untrained eye. Michael’s images in the Mount Albert Grammar School Art Show include personal work from his travels to the South Island back country and views of Auckland. His compositions include the built form and have been described as having a painterly style. 2019 will be Michael’s fourth year exhibiting at the Mount Albert Grammar School Art Show.
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.
Elliot O'DonnellElliot O’Donnell (also known as Askew One) is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist from Auckland. Starting out in the Auckland graffiti scene in the early 1990s, he became one of our most prominent graffiti artists internationally, as well as an integral part of the local scene, organising Auckland’s first graffiti festival, setting up multiple gallery spaces and publishing a magazine and book showcasing New Zealand graffiti art. Since 2010, Elliot O’Donnell’s art has moved beyond graffiti, focusing on studio work and large-scale outdoor murals. His text and portraiture-based paintings have moved towards a style he describes as 'portraiture by alternative means' - part still-life and part abstraction. He combines analogue and digital techniques in compositions made from 3D scans of random objects and textures from the street. He views these components as a recording of human movement through urban space, creating a mass portrait rather than an individual one.
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.
Jade Oskar HarveyJade Oskar Harvey is an Auckland-based illustrator. He is currently working in the creative industry, producing commercial illustrations and other pieces. Jade has been drawing from an early age and loves finding inspiration for his creativity in the world around him, especially the native plants and animals of New Zealand. He observes animal anatomy right down to the skeletal structure, enabling him to understand its form. The time that he devotes to fine detail is reflected in his artwork.
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’.
Jane PierceJane Pierce attended Elam School of Fine Arts before moving to Japan for 10 years. She now lives on the North Shore of Auckland. Jane draws inspiration from people, music, objects, dance and glossy magazines. Her bright, cheerful subjects are a joyful representation of life. An idea evolves and is conveyed in its simplest form: contrasting colours, shapes, forms and lines are arranged to create a strong composition, people and objects becoming abstract shapes. Jane is featured in the Denis Robinson’s “Gallery” book of New Zealand’s favourite artists.
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.
Jeremy PorteousJeremy Porteous is a former Mount Albert Grammar student who spends many of his waking hours painting and drawing. His artworks are usually scenes one might come across travelling around New Zealand, such as old farmhouses, dead towns and abandoned shacks. These places become very interesting subject matter as, despite their seemingly lifeless nature, over time they develop real character. Jeremy works with the texture of his paintings to portray their roughness and state of neglect, often using thick layers of impasto and other modelling mediums. Some of his key influences are great New Zealand artists such as John Toomer and Peter Siddell, and his former painting teacher, Peter Rees. Jeremy has exhibited in several Auckland art shows.
Spid PyeSpid 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, allowing him to continue his photography and design studies. Spid has received many awards for his work. Most recently, he has been selected for the prestigious Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Spid has only had two solo showings: in 1997, and recently in Whangamata in 2019, where he sold over 30 prints. Spid says he is going to spend the latter half of his career creating art with more showings to come - watch this space!
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.
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.
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 Rogers’ 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.
RUSHRUSH 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’.
Rachel RushRachel Rush has been painting and successfully exhibiting in many of Auckland’s most prestigious exhibitions and galleries for many years. She loves the freedom of mixing acrylics with resin as there are no hard rules, to watch each piece take on its own vibrancy and energy is a real joy.
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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