Kaye McGarva grew up in Hawkes Bay, leaving to study art and history at Canterbury University. After graduating with a BA in history, McGarva travelled overseas during which time she forged a career in the hospitality industry. Soon after returning to New Zealand, McGarva established a successful bakery business in Parnell, Auckland.
Moving back to Hawkes Bay, she enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design, at the Eastern Institute of Technology. After graduating as joint Top Research Student, McGarva began her new career as an artist. Now, several years on, she is combining her love of art with her passion for business with the establishment of Muse, a contemporary art gallery in Havelock North.
I describe my work as playing with shadows... a process I developed allows me to create paintings that give the illusion of spatial depth. My work hovers between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny.
My interest is in the physical sensations experienced when our subconscious registers something familiar but strange. This feeling of unease is a demonstration of the interconnectedness of the mind and body, something we are barely aware of.
2016 // East Group show, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings
2016 // Mixing It Up Group show, CAN, Napier
2016 // Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane
2015 // New Perspectives Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier
2015 // National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
2015 // Disequilibrium Solo show, a+e Gallery, Napier
2014 // Graduate Exhibition Group show, Ideaschool EIT Hawkes Bay
2014 // Unhinged Group show, Hastings Community Art Gallery, Hastings
2016 // Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards
2015 // Finalist, National Contemporary Art Awards
2014 // Top Research Student, EIT Ideaschool
2001 - Current // Artist
1992 - 2001 // Established, owned and operated the award winning Pandoro Paneterria in Auckland and Wellington.
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