Jimmy James Kouratoras
John HornerJohn Horner was born in England in 1944. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts where he was a student of Colin McCahon, Garth Tapper and Robert Ellis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam in 1965 and completed his Master of Fine Arts (Hons) in 2003. A teacher of secondary school art until the early 80s, and a senior lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design until 2013, John has now retired to concentrate on painting full time. His expressive painterly style is inspired by New Zealand’s rugged landscape and sharp light contrasts in cityscapes.John has contributed to the Artists in Eden event for many years and recently did an artist's residency at Karekare homestead. He has been a finalist in the Wallace awards three times and his work is included in many private New Zealand collections including the Wallace Arts Trust.
Sara HughesSara Hughes is a dynamic artist with a career well established and highly regarded in Australasia. Hughes has exhibited in major public galleries in New Zealand and her paintings and installations are held in many important Australasian public and private collections including the Chartwell Collection; Auckland City Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki; Te Papa Tongarewa; Wellington and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Drawn from her in depth analysis of the colour content of websites, the Colour Codes series first exhibited in 2010, focuses particularly on the way in which colour is used by financial institutions online and extends Hughes' ongoing interest in global systems of information exchange.
Kate HursthouseKate Hursthouse specialises in illustration, calligraphy and hand lettering. Her work takes on a number of forms from contemporary calligraphic artworks and commercial illustrations to large scale hand-painted murals.Her commercial clients include Karen Walker, Lululemon, Spark NZ, Laneway Festival, TEDxAuckland, Hallertau Brewery, Panasonic, Creative Mornings and Auckland City Council. She is also an Ambassador for Pilot Pens New Zealand.In addition to commercial work Kate has exhibited in a number of gallery shows, including her first international exhibition in Germany in March 2016, and has painted murals in New Zealand and the USA. In 2018 she published her first illustrated children’s book.
Nicola JacksonNicola Jackson is an artist and printmaker, originally from the UK, who now works from her studio in Wellington, New Zealand.Using a combination of mixed media, Nicola’s art is an extension of her previous life as a successful, independent print designer, selling work to leading companies including Marc Jacobs, Disney, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.Her work is inspired by a love of florals, mark making, layering and colour. She is interested in exploring the tensions between complimentary and contrasting media. Her original artworks combine soft, fluid inks with sharp-cut, geometric collage to create visual interest and play with different tempos within the work.
Rogan JamesRogan James has been teaching Art and Design at Auckland high schools and exhibiting since 2004. She has recently become known for creating laser cut geometric art and acrylic paintings on circular ply featuring a range of flora and fauna – inspired by the flying visitors to her Titirangi garden.Rogan’s work has proved very popular at local markets, group exhibitions and online, with work being commissioned and sent across New Zealand, Australia and the United States. In 2018 Rogan’s successes include being selected to paint an owl for The Haier Big Hoot Art trail and designing a ten metre ‘colouring in’ mural celebrating West Auckland for Lynnmall.
Stuart JoblingEducated at Auckland Grammar School, Stuart lived in London for 25 years where he worked for Liberty and Co Ltd as a designer. Now resident on Waiheke Island, he enjoys creating abstract images inspired by his surroundings, the coast and the sea. His work is constructed from layering hand coloured and textured paper.Stuart was a finalist in the Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and a finalist and prizewinner in the Waitakere Trusts Art Awards in 2015, 2016, 2018.
Timothy JonesTimothy Jones is a painter specialising in contemporary and abstract works. His bold style blends colour and form in an expressive, purposeful way that invites a certain reflection from the viewer. Subtle hues and strong undertones compliment each other in these works that explore emotion and philosophy. In essence, much of the work is a plateau for personal exploration. The enticing yet muted tones draw the viewer into a tactile surface, guiding them whilst encouraging them to fill in the blanks with their own interpretation.Timothy has been painting and exhibiting for over ten years and has combined his art career with time working on board yachts. Extensive travel and circumnavigating the world continues to influence his work with strong reference to the elements. His art enjoys high profile placements including the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane and commissions for Bristol City Council, UK.
Jacqueline KampenJacqueline Kampen is an Auckland based potter. She has attended classes at Auckland Studio of Potters and has been developing her craft specialising in small pots and vessels that are both decorative and useful. They are displayed as collections, often with found objects such as feathers, sticks and twigs. With monochromatic glazing they are displayed in wooden boxes that are either new, recycled or made.
Michael KennedyAuckland artist and illustrator Michael Kennedy (aka Malangeo) creates wonderfully weird portraits of ‘creepy-cute’ critters, macabre beasties and fragile floral beings. His work is a celebration of traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary pop surreal style. Brought up on the irreverent humour of cartoons and comics like The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes, his art oozes whimsical charm, dark humour and pop culture references. Michael has held solo shows at Depot Artspace and Satellite Gallery, and has been in many group shows in galleries around New Zealand, the USA, United Kingdom and Italy.
Anna KhomkoAnna Khomko is a watercolour artist native to Moscow, Russia. After travelling the world, and attracted by the beauty of New Zealand’s nature, Anna settled in Auckland in 2017. She is still fascinated by the variety of native natural life which is the driving force behind her painting. Inspiration for her abstract landscapes and organic sketches comes from watching the environment and its living beings.Painting is a vital process for Anna – it’s a research, a meditation, a visual expression of emotions captured by the medium of watercolour. Anna also uses her artistic approach in floristry and photography and never misses a chance to paint outdoors while exploring new places.
Jimmy James KouratorasJimmy James Kouratoras is an award winning self-taught artist who has always worked with his hands. He is descended from a long line of artisans and has woven together his Cretan and Māori heritage with an imagination fired by the surf, skateboards and graffiti. He spent close to two decades working in the film industry as a scenic painter and his film credits include Hercules and Xena, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Last Samurai and Dororo (Japanese sci-fi).Since 2012 Kouratoras has focused exclusively on developing his own craft. He has held solo exhibitions in Auckland, Los Angeles, New York, Brisbane, Melbourne and Queenstown, and has given many public talks on his art collaborating with Auckland Museum, SPLICE and the British Council.
Petra LearyPetra Leary is an award winning photographer whose work is distinguished by her travels. Petra's work captures a view out of the ordinary - whether through symmetry and motion in architecture or through patterns only discovered from above.Since picking up a camera, her photography has taken her across her native New Zealand, over the ditch to Australia, and beyond the Southern Hemisphere to places like Cuba, Canada and the United States.Petra’s work has been featured in various publications and sites around the world. Instead of creating a monotonous perception, Petra creates scenes from heights and places not for the faint-hearted to tell you a story from a different perspective.
Suzan LeeSuzan works from her studio on Auckland’s North Shore where she has been glass casting for the last six years after graduating from Art School. She draws from nature a sense of colour and form, and through crystal glass, plays with the shifting depths of density and light to expose the inner and outer spaces of the objects she creates.
Anna LeylandAnna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand artist who utilises pattern making and symbolism to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism within Aotearoa. Her works are a reflection of her mixed heritage and perception of life… beauty in everything and everyone around her; specifically the unique colourful milieu of the cultures in this country. It is little wonder - both Anna and her son identify as Fijian, Wallisian, Futunaan, Scottish, Hungarian, English and Kiwi.Anna has had over 30 successful exhibitions since 2001 and has recently completed commissions for Nespresso, The Auckland City Council, Orcon, The Big Hoot and Sofitel Queenstown. Articles and interviews about her work have featured in the Herald’s VIVA, Remix, Denizen, Idealog and most recently in Habitat by Resene.Anna’s works feature in twelve galleries throughout New Zealand, and she has a strong national following. She is currently working towards a fourth solo show in November 2018 and is pursuing opportunities internationally.
Ainsley LeonardAinsley Leonard’s work is an exploration of oceans and skies. To her they represent both stillness and movement, beauty and danger, serenity and looming environmental collapse. She explores water and air across two styles, Neo-Expressionism and Organic abstraction, sometimes separately and sometimes colliding. She also works on commissions as a portrait painter, in the style of the Mannerists.Ainsley completed the first year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University before transferring to the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University to complete her degree. After travelling for many years, she now lives in West Auckland and feels privileged to teach Art at Mount Albert Grammar School.
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