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. A process I developed allows me to create paintings that give the illusion of spatial depth. The images hover between abstract and representational, creating a sense of the uncanny.

I am interested is in the physical sensations we experience when we see something familiar but strange. My work is about revealing the interconnectedness of the mind and body, making the invisible visible.

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bio

Born in Hastings, Hawkes Bay 1960, I came to art later in life. Unable to attend art school as a school leaver, instead, I put my creativity into working with food, forging a successful career in the hospitality and baking industries. Early retirement gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of being an artist. I enrolled in a four year degree course in Visual Art & Design, graduating as Top Research Student. I have been a finalist in National Award shows including the Molly Morpeth and National Contemporary Art Awards and exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. 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

2017 // Obscurity Group Show, Studio 541 Auckland

2017 // Colour Sense Group Show, Muse

2017 // Shift Group Show, Muse

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

 

AWARDS

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 Gallerist

2001 - 2016 // Artist

1992 - 2001 // Established, owned and operated the award winning 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