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Imogen Taylor Wins Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award & Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Imogen Taylor Wins Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award & Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

New Zealand artist Imogen Taylor has won this year’s Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award with her work Refusal to Yield and has received the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship for 2019, writes…

Natasha Wright to Open First Solo Show

Natasha Wright to Open First Solo Show

New Zealand artist Natasha Wright is opening her first solo show on September 19th in New York. Her work “combines figuration and abstraction from a feminine perspective.” “My paintings merge figuration…

Lucy Tupu And Max Gimblett Collaborate To Create Beauty At Your Feet

Lucy Tupu And Max Gimblett Collaborate To Create Beauty At Your Feet

“With her Polynesian heritage and love for all things bright and bold, coupled with Max’s artistic talent Lucy Tupu has just launched her first collaboration.” “Drawn to

Artist Tom White Collaborates With AI

Artist Tom White Collaborates With AI

Tom White, artist and computational design lecturer at Victoria University’s School of Design, is taking part in a group exhibition in Dehli, India, which features works created entirely by artificial intelligence. Gradient Descent is…

Gibbs Sculpture Park #1 Guardian Favourite

Gibbs Sculpture Park #1 Guardian Favourite

“We didn’t think anything manmade could compete with the grandeur of New Zealand’s natural beauty. Then we went to Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, near Auckland,” Guardian…

New Zealand Artists on Show in London

New Zealand Artists on Show in London

As a season of summer blockbuster exhibitions come to a close in London, autumn is hot on its heels in September, with a range of shows opening in the capital’s biggest cultural establishments. New…

Travelling to Potter Paul Lorimer’s Okinawa Haven

Travelling to Potter Paul Lorimer’s Okinawa Haven

Few people visit the Japanese village of Shinzato in Okinawa with its attractive but modest residencies and kitchen gardens. The evident lack of a centre to the settlement made finding the new home of…

Skateboard Photographer Jake Darwen Takes Off

Skateboard Photographer Jake Darwen Takes Off

Skateboard photographer Jake Darwen, 25, who grew up on Auckland’s North Shore and is now based in Los Angeles, shoots for the likes of New Balance and Element, often travelling to offbeat destinations in…

Simon Denny Weighs in on Blockchain and Art

Simon Denny Weighs in on Blockchain and Art

From verification tools for provenance and authenticity to new approaches to art collecting and even new art forms, blockchain’s impact on the art world is already undeniable. During this year’s Art Basel Conversations, journalist…

Photojournalist Wade Goddard’s New Croatian Mission

Photojournalist Wade Goddard’s New Croatian Mission

New Zealand-born photojournalist Wade Goddard, who in 2003 set up the War Photo Limited gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia, has had a hand in opening the country’s first crowdfunded museum in Zagreb. Paid for by members…

Even Bigger Steven Adams Wows in San Diego

Even Bigger Steven Adams Wows in San Diego

For four days during the annual Comic-Con, the San Diego Convention Center is a treasure trove of everything pop culture fans love: comics, super heroes, super villains, video games, movies, TV shows, books and…

Graduate Aïcha Wijland Wins London Design Award

Graduate Aïcha Wijland Wins London Design Award

University of Otago advertising graduate Aïcha Wijland says rebellious student culture was behind her edgy, award-winning redesign of classic cartoon character Beryl the Peril – the female equivalent of Dennis the Menace. Wijland has…

Ink Artist Steve Butcher’s Latest Eerily Lifelike

Ink Artist Steve Butcher’s Latest Eerily Lifelike

Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been immortalised in a brilliantly detailed tattoo by famed ink artist, Aucklander Steve Butcher. Butcher spent 12 hours on the eerily lifelike tat on a…

Rare ISS Moon Shot Captured by Josh Kirkley

Rare ISS Moon Shot Captured by Josh Kirkley

Auckland amateur astrophotographer Josh Kirkley captured a shot so unusual the cameraman can be heard gasping as he films clip. Kirkley describes his “shock” at capturing footage of the International Space Station (ISS) crossing…

Billy Apple in Hong Kong and in Focus

Billy Apple in Hong Kong and in Focus

To present 21 works in Hong Kong, spanning approximately six decades (1962–2018), is an unusual occasion for Billy Apple, a groundbreaking New Zealand-born artist whose pop-infused conceptual practice is mostly acknowledged in New Zealand,…

Busy Year for Artist Ronnie van Hout

Busy Year for Artist Ronnie van Hout

Ronnie van Hout might need to learn to say no. Not only is the New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based artist about to receive the first major solo exhibition at the new Buxton Contemporary gallery in Southbank…

Katherine Mansfield Portrait 100 Years On

Katherine Mansfield Portrait 100 Years On

The well-known portrait of New Zealand’s greatest writer, Katherine Mansfield, is 100 years old. It was painted by the American artist Anne Estelle Rice. At that time, Mansfield and Rice were both staying in…

Berlin-Based Zac Langdon-Pole on Art Journey

Berlin-Based Zac Langdon-Pole on Art Journey

Art Basel has announced that the New Zealand-born, Berlin-based artist Zac Langdon-Pole, 30, is the winner of the BMW Art Journey. An international jury unanimously selected Langdon-Pole from a shortlist of three artists whose…

Angela Tiatia Wins Coveted Australian Art Prize

Angela Tiatia Wins Coveted Australian Art Prize

Initiated last year by the independent all-girls school, Ravenswood, New Zealand-born artist Angela Tiatia has been named winner of this year’s Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize valued at $35,000 for her…

Photographer Cody Ellingham Dreams in Danchi

Photographer Cody Ellingham Dreams in Danchi

Art director and photographer Cody Ellingham has explored over 40 “architectural giants” in Tokyo’s Danchi complex, capturing the apartments for a new series, Danchi Dreams. Ellingham’s year-long photographic survey captures the…

Artist Matthew Couper Fuses Vegas and NZ

Artist Matthew Couper Fuses Vegas and NZ

In Matthew Couper’s exhibition, From Dust to Water, the New Zealand-born Las Vegas-based artist uses the language of symbols – skeletons and cacti, blenders and playing cards – to combine pictorial elements in witty…

Photographer Derek Henderson Is in Demand

Photographer Derek Henderson Is in Demand

Photographer Derek Henderson rates his career shooting fashion, travel and art photography as mediocre, but a quick look at his credentials and it’s plain to see he’s being coy. Laura Baker interviews the New…

A New NYC Neighbourhood

A New NYC Neighbourhood

Commissioned by the New Zealand Consulate in the USA, designer Lydia Starkey illustrated a map of all the great NZ establishments in New York. The map, titled ‘Little New Zealand – A New NYC…

David Metcalf Puts On Bali Indigenous Celebration

David Metcalf Puts On Bali Indigenous Celebration

Wellington-born professional photographer David Metcalf, who is based in Bali, and Emmanuela Dewi Shinta, founder of Ranu Welum (Living Water), are the founders of the inaugural Indigenous Celebration, which was held recently over three…

Autoportrait Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Autoportrait Wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

The 2018 Deutsche Börse photography prize has been awarded to the New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson, 30, for Autoportrait, a film installation about the partner of Philando Castile, who was shot dead by police…

Photographer Launches Project to Prevent Bullying Against Redheads

Photographer Launches Project to Prevent Bullying Against Redheads

New Zealand photographer Bianca Duimel “is hoping to change the conversation around red hair with a powerful art project.” Sarah Young reports for The Independent. “I was looking for children for…

Illustrator Andrew Archer’s Sci-Fi Vision

Illustrator Andrew Archer’s Sci-Fi Vision

Self-taught illustrator and art director New Zealander Andrew Archer was commissioned by London-based publisher The Folio Society to create the cover illustration and a series of internal artworks exploring the drug-infused, psychotic scenes and…

NZ Photographer Explores Decline of Tokyo’s Ultramodern Dreams

NZ Photographer Explores Decline of Tokyo’s Ultramodern Dreams

“Japan is famed for its ultramodern cityscapes. But what happens when the ultramodern becomes old?” Photographer Cody Ellingham is using landscape photography skills developed in New Zealand to explore fading monolithic public housing projects…

Glass Artist Ruth Allen off to Float in Venice

Glass Artist Ruth Allen off to Float in Venice

A glass dress created by New Zealand multi-media artist Ruth Allen is one of among 30 designs to feature in the international Glass Art Society’s Fashion Show being held in the old glass capital of…

Zico O’Neill Captures Life off the Beaten Track

Zico O’Neill Captures Life off the Beaten Track

Photographer Zico O’Neill is known for his breathtaking, desaturated photography of little-visited locations far from his home in New Zealand. Since 2010, he’s made a point to spread his wings and travel, from four…

Exhibition of Colliding Worlds on in London

Exhibition of Colliding Worlds on in London

Work by ill-fated illustrators aboard Captain James Cook’s first journey to the Pacific sit alongside revelatory images by a Polynesian high priest in a haunting exhibition on now at the British Library in London. “The…

Luke Willis Thompson in Running for Turner Prize

Luke Willis Thompson in Running for Turner Prize

Fijian-New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson, 30, is one of four candidates vying for this year’s Turner Prize, a shortlist, according to the Financial Times, focusing on conflict, crime and state-sponsored violence.

Rube Goldberg Fan Joseph Herscher Shares Tricks

Rube Goldberg Fan Joseph Herscher Shares Tricks

New Zealander Joseph Herscher’s foolproof way to roast turkey involves an axe, a back massager, various magnets, catapults, and a small dog. His Rube Goldberg machines to facilitate power napping and to remove milk…

Photographer Michael Anderton Moves to Kildare

Photographer Michael Anderton Moves to Kildare

New Zealander Michael Anderton, who has set up a photographic gallery in Allenwood, has said that moving to the West Kildare village inspired him to develop his photography hobby. As a younger man he lived…

Francis Upritchard Finds New Ways to Break the Norm

Francis Upritchard Finds New Ways to Break the Norm

New Zealand-born artist Francis Upritchard is all about creating art that leaves behind societal norms, according to Jesse Oleson writing for The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Art is supposed to be fun,” London-based Upritchard says. “Work…

Gibbs Farm – An Insta-Worthy Travel Experience

Gibbs Farm – An Insta-Worthy Travel Experience

“Social media has enabled people to travel brag as soon as the vacation starts.” The most common themes are food, landscapes or landmarks, cityscapes, beaches and drinks. Posing with unique art installations at Gibbs…

Artist Francis Upritchard Describes Balata

Artist Francis Upritchard Describes Balata

A festive crowd of art-lovers gathered at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California recently for the opening of a show by the first of its 2018 resident artists, London-based New Zealander Francis Upritchard. Upritchard’s odd…

Sriwhana Spong Considers Monuments to Oppression

Sriwhana Spong Considers Monuments to Oppression

“A quiet but intensely powerful exhibition at San Francisco nonprofit gallery Kadist refutes the idea that we can shed the pain of the history of oppression by turning away from it,” Charles Desmarais writes…

Ice Sculptor Tatiana Zimina Competes in China

Ice Sculptor Tatiana Zimina Competes in China

New Zealander Tatiana Zimina has recently returned from northeast China where she competed in ice and snow sculpting with her partner and two friends in the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The…

New Zealand Captured in Dreamy Infrared

New Zealand Captured in Dreamy Infrared

Interested in producing images on “the fringe of the otherworldly,” California-based landscape photographer Paul Hoi creatively combines science fiction with psychedelia. Using a camera modified for full spectrum infrared, Hoi transforms familiar visuals into…

Mark Bridgwater’s Breathtaking Outdoor Shot

Mark Bridgwater’s Breathtaking Outdoor Shot

Christchurch commercial and adventure sports photographer Mark Bridgwater’s shot of fellow New Zealander, skier Charlie Lyons flying down the slopes at Temple Basin in Arthur’s Pass, was recently included in a Guardian selection of…

Mural of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey Explained

Mural of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey Explained

Canadian artist Kevin Ledo is known for his impressive murals of portraits, and this time it’s a portrait of Whero O Te Rangi Bailey, a Maori elder from Parihaka in Taranaki, originally photographed by…

Outsider Fair Preview of Susan Te Kahurangi King

Outsider Fair Preview of Susan Te Kahurangi King

“As the Outsider Art Fair (OAF) – which opens 18 January, and runs through 21 January – rolls into town, the specialised sector it celebrates has plenty to crow about,…

Michael Linton’s Record-Breaking Mosaic on Show

Michael Linton’s Record-Breaking Mosaic on Show

An exhibition showcasing New Zealander Michael Linton’s handmade replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, has opened in Melton, Suffolk. The 64-metre long mosaic contains 3 million tiny pieces, and took 33 years to put together. This…

Luke Willis Thompson Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse

Luke Willis Thompson Shortlisted for Deutsche Börse

New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson, 29, is one of four to make the shortlist for the prestigious 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. It’s the 21st year of the prize, and this year the shortlisted…

Matthew Couper Paints Vegas Iconography

Matthew Couper Paints Vegas Iconography

Hastings-born artist Matthew Couper’s From Dust to Water, at Rise gallery, Holsum Lofts in Las Vegas, and on until 30 November, “is a beautiful, strange and disarming show that does something rare in fine…

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Tokyo Exhibition Petzel Includes Simon Denny

Works by New Zealand artist Simon Denny will feature as part of group exhibition Petzel at Nanzuka in Tokyo. The Berlin-based contemporary artist, who exhibited his first solo show in Asia earlier this year at…

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Simon Denny’s Art Approach to Business Creation

Business students from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, United States, aren’t consulting with a top business executive; they’re consulting with New Zealand-born contemporary artist Simon Denny. Denny recently worked with…

Tuku Iho Exhibition Finds Fans in LA

Tuku Iho Exhibition Finds Fans in LA

In July, the Smithsonian hosted Tuku Iho | Living Legacy, an exhibit of more than 70 Maori works of art; before that, the show made stops in China, Malaysia, Chile and Brazil. The exhibition…

Gregory Burke Heads Canada’s New Art Gallery

Gregory Burke Heads Canada’s New Art Gallery

Canada has a major new modern art museum. The striking 126,000 sq ft glass-and-steel Remai Modern has just opened in the remote prairie town of Saskatoon, located in the country’s vast agricultural midwest, and…

All of Paris on Board with FIAC Says Jennifer Flay

All of Paris on Board with FIAC Says Jennifer Flay

Jennifer Flay, the New Zealand-born director of FIAC who began her job in 2003, recalled a headline in a French magazine at the time that summed up the fair’s ups and downs: “FIAC at…

Bittersweet Return to Georgia for Amos Chapple

Bittersweet Return to Georgia for Amos Chapple

One man who knows the country of Georgia better than most is Amos Chapple. The New Zealand photographer, known for his pioneering use of drones, has been a regular visitor for the last seven…

Local Millennial Artists Confront Stigma

Local Millennial Artists Confront Stigma

Are millennials equally lost and lamentable the world over? A recent trio of forward-looking exhibitions in New Zealand, including New Perspectives, suggests that youth remains a truly international – and consistently problematic – art-world…

Japan’s Landscapes Inspire Photographer Damon Bay

Japan’s Landscapes Inspire Photographer Damon Bay

New Zealand photographer Damon Bay is shining an outsider’s eye on Japan’s countryside. He’s reimagining an ancient art form to showcase the beauty in everyday landscapes, according to Hiroyuki Tanaka, a journalist for Japanese…

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Lindauer Portraits on Show in San Francisco

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is touring 31 portraits of Maori by the famed artist Gottfried Lindauer, which will be on display at San Francisco’s de Young Fine Arts Museum through to April…

Photographer Gavin O’Neill Shoots for the Stars

Photographer Gavin O’Neill Shoots for the Stars

Earlier this year, 46-year-old Gavin O’Neill, who left New Zealand in 1996 to pursue fashion photography, received an email from the personal assistant of Kim Kardashian West. She had found his work on Instagram, the…