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!
Paul ScreachGrowing up in the United Kingdom, Paul Screach was influenced by a heady mix of British television comedy, American science fiction and the punk rock scene of the late 1970s. He believes that these experiences gave him a rich source of linguistic content and had a lasting effect on his visual imagery. Working in acrylics and a variety of other media, he explores a spectrum of abstract painting from the seemingly incomprehensible to the strangely familiar. Paul lives and works in Auckland and has been a resident artist at Railway Street Studios in Newmarket since 2012. His works are represented in private collections throughout New Zealand and overseas, as well as the James Wallace Arts Trust collection in Auckland.
Susan SkeltonSusan Skelton lives in Wellington, where she started painting in 2006. She is self-taught and continues to learn. Her approach to making art is a vibrant one: colour and texture are key elements in the energy expressed in her artworks. She tries to capture her passion for strong, fluid colour by pushing the boundaries of paint tolerance to create explosions of hue and shape on paper or canvas. She is inspired by many things, ranging from the drama of stormy clouds to feminine beauty.
Tom SomervilleTom Somerville remembers the moment of suddenly discovering that he loves the act of creating things, especially things that are going to be appreciated and cherished. After experiencing this light bulb moment, he enrolled in a pottery class which changed his life. Tom met his wife while working in Tonga many years ago. While living there, he would spend as much time as he could snorkelling around the reefs. He loved these secret little worlds brimming with life. These days, Tom and his wife have a joint passion for gardening. As a result of these two influences, his work is largely inspired by foliage, flowers, coral and fish.
Sally SpicerSally Spicer is a graduate of Elam, a Whangarei-based painter and printmaker who exhibits regularly. She paints primarily portraits in oil and watercolour. Sally is interested in memory: nostalgia, drama, warmth, and humour frequently permeate her work. She is inspired by fashion, in particular vintage clothing and style, and she often uses vintage photographs as a resource. The pattern and texture of fabric is given special attention in Sally's work, and she hopes this element is as absorbing and evocative for the viewer as it is for her. Sally aims to imbue her paintings with humanity and personality.
Carol TheologoCarol Theologo is an oil painter living in Wellington greatly inspired by our native birdlife and flora.Largely self-taught, Carol has gradually developed her own style and technique. She enjoys creating varied effects and drawing into, scraping the paint with different tools. She expresses herself as much by applying paint as she does removing it.Carol is an active member of the Khandallah Art Group and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art. Her work is exhibited at various galleries and art shows and held in private collections throughout New Zealand and internationally.
Rebecca TuneRebecca Tune is a full time artist and graphic designer working from her Auckland studio. Her art revolves around her interest in the ways paint can be manipulated, layered and stripped back to both hide and reveal small gem-like images, flashes of colour, and movement beneath a plain surface. This becomes a dance of chance, control and surprise - of knowing when to let the paint flow where it wants, or when to reign it in and manipulate it into a space that is readable, poetic and eye-catching.Rebecca exhibits nationally and has work displayed in international collections. She is a regular supporter of the annual Artists In Eden auction, and is a Mount Albert Grammar School parent.
Natalie WalkerNatalie Walker’s 2019 collection tells the story of her journey of self-discovery and of her whakapapa. It is the telling of her tūpuna, the acknowledgement of their reality, their journey and their whakareretanga (legacy): “The gathering of Taonga to create Korowai. My Awa Te Hoiere (the Pelorus river) Pakohe (argillite), and Pounamu (greenstone), Te Moana the sea, 'Tūrangawaewae, a place to stand and belong’”. Natalie puts creativity into meaningful pieces that go beyond the usual boundaries of resin and spray paint, challenging and allowing her to step out of her comfort zone and create a point of difference from her fellow resin artists. Establishing from the outset a dialogue with her chosen components, the materials have been cast to create an interaction with and be similar to raw stone and rock formations, keeping a conscious smoothness about them. Diluted solvent and resin is manipulated to mimic stone or rock being pulled from the awa, consenting to a rippled mirror effect, a similar effect to that seen when you place your feet in the sand as the waters ebb away. The visual presentation of this allows the viewer to place themselves in that moment of time while contemplating perhaps the stars of ‘whānau ariki’ or the sunset ‘whānau mārama’. As an artist Natalie wishes to recreate this viewpoint: for the observer to sit in their ‘whare’ and contemplate the spectacle of our environment below, within and above us. This collection of pieces has its own story but has the elements of sisterhood: each piece is individual but co-dependent and part of a whakapapa. This is Wahine Matike.
Rae WestRae West’s work pulses with the kinetic freedom of fluidity and light. She uses multiple veils of pigment, resin and ink, which blend and react against each other creating beautiful forms and textures. The end results are spontaneous, subconscious, and sensual.
Julie WhymanJulie is an established artist based in the Waikato. She first picked up a brush after taking a break from her career to have children, and through practice and exploration, Julie has discovered her natural ability for painting. She works with acrylics and a variety of mediums and tools, adding interest and depth. Her paintings explore colour and form found in nature. Julie enjoys experimenting, producing work that is varied and surprising, and constantly evolving and changing as new ideas emerge. She is attracted to vibrant colour and her paintings are a colourful, beautiful expression of her style.
Heather WilsonHeather Wilson is a well-established professional artist originally from Wellington but now living in sunny Hawkes Bay. Over time her work has emerged from painting Kiwiana and inanimate objects, into a visual feast of patterned colour and multi-textural layers of acrylic and mixed media on canvas. Subject matter is limitless, although there is a strong pull towards retro images and repetitive patterns. Heather is a regular exhibitor at the New Zealand Art Show in Wellington, and her work is available from galleries and design stores around New Zealand and from her studio in Taradale.
Lyndy WilsonLyndy Wilson lives in the small Waikato town of Ngāruawāhia and is of Tainui descent. Art and creativity have always been passions of hers, painting in particular. She is mostly self-taught, although an Arts Waikato scholarship in 2003 enabled her to complete a Diploma in Art and Creativity through The Learning Connexion in Wellington. She has a diverse range of styles but her strong use of colour is constant. Relying on instinct and intuition, paintings often evolve layer by layer; bold gestural movements counterbalanced by the impulse for order.
Ilan WittenbergIlan Wittenberg’s first photography exhibition was held on Auckland’s waterfront in 2014. Entitled ‘Black, White & Colour’, it featured portraiture, landscape and fine art. Ilan’s next project was to document the people of the Old City of Jerusalem. ‘Faces of Jerusalem’ was exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and was featured in f11 Magazine, Art New Zealand and D-Photo Magazine. His ‘Bare Truth’ portfolio was exhibited at the 2016 Head On Photo Festival in Sydney and the Signature Programme of the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography. In addition to these achievements, Ilan won the 2016 award for Travel Photographer of the Year from Travcom (New Zealand Travel Communicators) and the Grand Prize at the 2018 Sony Alpha awards. His winning photo was chosen for the cover of D-Photo magazine together with a feature story Faces of Morocco. Ilan has been Auckland Photographer of the Year three times: in 2015, 2016 and 2018!
Daniel WrightDaniel Wright grew up near Piha on Auckland’s wild West Coast. He now lives on Great Barrier Island. His work is inspired by a lifelong connection to the ocean and his passion for surfing. The son of two 1970s basket weavers, his own creativity emerged during high school design classes, where he developed a love of working with New Zealand native timber and learned to carve bone. Daniel is a self-taught artist and designer, keeping his art imaginative yet real. His desire for simplicity and capturing the essence and feel of his subjects shows clearly in his work.
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