Here you will find me trying to describe what I am about (as the title of this page suggests). To explain what motivates and inspires me to stand alone in a room for hours at a time, applying small smears of oil paint, to cover the surface of a stretched canvas. One possible reflection on my motives could be that by doing so, I am revealing my - self. With each new work, I endeavor to express fresh ways to represent ideas about relationships and connections with my environment; the inside thoughts combined with outside influences. Each artwork attempt’s to articulate an observation that has struck me as somehow worthy of further thought. I don't believe that art is about discovering 'truth' as the word truth implies universality or a collective rule. I think that being true to my environmental influences is to endeavor to be ‘honest’ about how I perceive my world. The word ‘honest’ holds connotations of subjectivity, allowing the viewer to perceive that my honest attempts may not be anything more than personal expression. What matters is that the initial mental idea, made physical by painting, is then transformed once again into thought by the viewer. In the fulfillment of this process the artwork develops, alters and, if the artwork has a pulse ... lives.
Waiheke Heats Up!, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island 2011
Newbies, Recent Graduates 2011. Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland
Pure Gold, 50th Anniversary group show. Harrison's Gallery, Tauranga
Best of New Zealand, Harrison's Gallery Tauranga
Everyday Fictions Whitecliffe College of Arts, Auckland. (MFA degree show) 2010
Dimensions Variable, Artspost, Hamilton (group show)
What it is to be Kiwi, Harrisons Gallery, Tauranga (group show)
Sheep – NZ icons in art, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua (public exhibition)
Litmus, Saatchi & Saatchi Building, (group show)
Fielddays, La Mezz Gallery, Hamilton (retrospective show)
Group Show, The Artists Room Gallery, Dunedin (group show)
2010 International Fine Art Collection,2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa
-further study; Master of Fine Arts degree 2009
5th Birthday Show, The Artists Room Gallery, Dunedin (group show)
-further study; Master of Fine Arts degree 2008
Taranaki Gate , Percy Thomson Gallery , Stratford, Taranaki (public exhibition)
Adam Portrait Awards - The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington (included part of a national touring exhibition)
-further study; Master of Fine Arts degree 2007
Black Barn Gallery, Hawkes Bay (solo)
Auckland Art fair (part of SOCA Gallery representation)
Hunters & Consumers, SOCA Gallery, Auckland (solo) 2006
A & P Show: Art goes Country, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, (group show)
Interior Landscapes, SOCA Gallery, Auckland (solo) - 1st exhibition in their new gallery space
Fieldays No.8 Wire National Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton (group show, 2nd )
Artex, Southwell School, Hamilton (group show) 2005
A Stones Throw from Here, Studio of Contemporary Art , Newmarket, Auckland (solo)
Dorian Gray group invitational - Studio of Contemporary Art , Newmarket, Auckland (group Show)
Auckland Art fair (part of Studio of Contemporary Art representation)
Annual Christmas Show, Studio of Contemporary Art , Newmarket, Auckland (group show)
King’s School Foundation – JR Fletcher Art’s Centre, Kings School, Auckland, (group show)
Places where we you can inquire about my work
The Artist Room
In the heart of Dunedin’s “Arts Quarter”, in one of the city's most beautiful old building’s you'll find The Artist’s Room Gallery. And on our walls, a breathtaking, inspiring and ever changing collection of fine quality, original New Zealand art from some of NZ’s finest established, and emerging artist’s.
The Black Barn Gallery
Black Barn Gallery has gained a reputation as Hawkes Bay's leading 'white wall' gallery featuring works by significant New Zealand Artists. We are fortunate to have developed strong relationships with the artists we represent. This not only provides us with a deeper knowledge of their work but also gives us access to some of their more interesting and special projects.
Harrisons Gallery, established in 1961 is the Bay of Plenty’s leading Fine Art Gallery and Art School. Offering Tauranga's largest range of professional artist supplies and specialist art services; including conservation grade framing, specialist art advice and consultations, commissioned artworks, art valuations and restorations. The gallery’s large studio runs adult, children’s and corporate art programmes/workshops.
Pataka Museum of Arts
A museum and art gallery only 15 minutes north of Wellington, PATAKA is dedicated to celebrating our heritage & specialises in showcasing Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international contemporary art & culture. PATAKA has five main galleries with over 14 major exhibitions annually. Enjoy a coffee at the cafe while relaxing beside our Japanese garden. Be inspired, stimulate your creativity or let us tempt you with a gift from our shop.
Percy Thomson Gallery
The Percy Thomson Gallery is Stratford's public art gallery and was opened in June 2002. The gallery contains both exhibition areas and work areas for use by local artists and community art groups. The gallery provides an active programme of exhibitions and events that is both internally generated and toured from other art collections. New exhibitions are started every three to four weeks. Exhibitions vary between national, local and regional artists - established and emerging.
The Remuera Gallery
The Remuera Gallery has been a land mark in the area for 30 years.
Now under the ownership of Scott Dargaville, the gallery continues to support a host of renowned and established New Zealand Artists.
We are a people orientated gallery; our aim is to make people feel comfortable as well as being a place of learning and art appreciation.
We bring together a wide range of skills with 20 years experience in the Fine Art and Framing industry.
The Gallery offers an eclectic collection of paintings from Abstract to Traditional. As well as sculpture, glass and ceramics.
Selective exhibitions through out the year show cases a body of work by a particular artist and in between exhibitions we exhibit work from our stock room.