Dion LiAward winning artist Xiaofeng (Dion) Li gained a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam School in 2003. Working as an Art Director for a leading Chinese film company, Li successfully created numerous posters for international film festivals. His works have been shown in Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Tokyo and Montreal. In 2008 Li began exhibiting his painting artworks throughout New Zealand and China. Li's interest spans the fields of cross-culture, pop and abstraction. His cultural artworks include the design of Chinese Zodiac themed stamps for NZ Post. Li's art works are displayed both in public galleries internationally and in private collections.
Maria LloydMaria Lloyd is fascinated by ancient civilisations, their cultures and how they created ceremonial art forms and objects to distinguish themselves and document their histories. By unravelling their mysteries we inevitably learn more about ourselves. Through cross-cultural exploration of our origins, our ancestors and the land, Maria seeks to replicate that sense of wonder and mystery.Maria has a deep respect for artistic traditions which are reflected in her work through beading, sewing, carving and bronze work. The graphic and narrative nature of her work is an outflow of her formal graphic design background. The use of symbolism in her work creates a universal language.She is hands-on and creates all her work in her foundry on Waiheke Island. Her sculptures have found homes locally and internationally.
Aimee MacMillanAimee MacMillan’s work addresses ‘tracings of memory’ - nostalgia, feelings of belonging, cementing one’s self in the lineage of history. Images that draw on ideas of family and ceremony – present, past and future; through tokens of inheritance, ‘handed down’ curiosities, and ‘glory box’ daydreams.Aimee graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts. She is currently enjoying being a stay-at-home mum to her twin toddlers.
Meredith MarsoneMeredith Marsone lives in Blenheim, New Zealand with her husband, three daughters, one cat and two chickens, and paints almost every day from her purpose-built studio. She is an award winning artist with an extensive international exhibition history, and her work is held in numerous private and notable collections. Her recent solo shows were held in Sydney 2016 and Los Angeles 2017 and her work has been exhibited in over 25 US group shows in the past two years alone.Marsone has established herself as a contemporary figurative painter with a unique and distinctive style. Working in traditional oils, her paintings have a haunting familiarity. Their abstract photo-realistic depictions express a swath of emotions and human experiences in a subtle and mysterious way.
Oli MathiesenOli Mathiesen returns to the Art Show as an Albertian, now training full-time at Unitec Institute of Technology in contemporary dance. Oli strives to find form and shape in his work derived from his exploration of movement. His works often investigate ideas of identity as well as the manifestation of the inner narcissus; using himself as his muse. Oli aims to accentuate the beauty of the human form through his photography by playing with light and shadow against the distortions of the body. Oli continues to explore movement through different mediums of art and is using his studies in a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts to further research into his craft.Oli was the recipient of the Most Innovative Young Photographer Award at Mount Albert Grammar School in 2017 and has work held in the Wallace Arts Trust.
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