ABOUT

WE THINK WE RECEIVE EVERYTHING AS IT IS, WHEN IN FACT WE ARE ACTIVELY PART OF CREATING THE REALITY IN WHICH WE LIVE. BUT WE ARE VERY MUCH UNAWARE OF DOING SO.
— James Turrell

artist statement

I describe my work as playing with shadows. The images hover between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny. I am interested in the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. It brings into question the body’s role in the act of looking and the objective nature of vision.

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bio

I was born and grew up in Hastings, Hawkes Bay. Despite wanting to go to art school it wasn’t to be and I ended up with a career in the hospitality and baking industries. Early retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an artist when I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design at EIT. Since graduating as Top Research Student in 2014, I have exhibited in New Zealand and abroad, as well as been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards, National Contemporary Art Awards, and most recently, the Parkin Drawing Prize.

In 2017 I set up Muse, a contemporary art gallery, where I curate and exhibit work by other artists as well as my own. I currently divide my time between running the gallery and working in my studio.

EXHIBITIONS

2018 // IIDE International Interior Design Exhibition Brussels, Belgium

2017 // Hawkes Bay Review Group Show Napier, Hawkes Bay

2017 // Obscurity Group Show, Studio 541 Auckland

2017 // Colour Sense Group Show, Muse, Hawkes Bay

2017 // Shift Group Show, Muse, Hawkes Bay

2016 // East Group show, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

2016 // Mixing It Up Group show, CAN, Napier, Hawkes Bay

2016 // Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane

2015 // New Perspectives Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier, Hawkes Bay

2015 // National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

2015 // Disequilibrium Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier, Hawkes Bay

2014 // Graduate Exhibition Group show, Ideaschool EIT Hawkes Bay

2014 // Unhinged Group show, Hastings Community Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

2019 // Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

2016 // Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards

2015 // Finalist, National Contemporary Art Awards

2014 // Top Research Student, EIT Ideaschool

 

WORK HISTORY

2017 - Current // Artist and Owner and Director, Muse Gallery Hawkes Bay

2001 - 2016 // Artist

1992 - 2001 // Established, owned and operated award winning bakery, Pandoro Paneterria, in Auckland and Wellington.

 

EDUCATION HISTORY

2010 - 2014 // Degree in Visual Art & Design Ideaschool (EIT)

2002 - 2004 // Nanette Cameron Interior Design Course at Te Tuhi

2001 - 2002 // Mathew Browne Art Appreciation & Painting Course at Art Station

1979 - 1982 // BA in History at Canterbury University