Biography: I am a contemporary figurative painter who currently lives and works from my studio in Hamilton, New Zealand. Through a focus on the human figure set within the domestic milieu, I examine moments of transition, where decisions need to be made and consequences felt and explore the complexity of human emotion and identity. Interested in how cinematic conventions and contemporary media can be employed in painting, I film my subjects, capturing moments that might otherwise go unseen. While faithful to my photographic source, my work hovers between figuration and abstraction and questions paintings unique ability to sustain and destroy the tradition of representation simultaneously. Born in 1966 in New Zealand, I completed my Master of Arts majoring in painting with distinction in 2015. My work is held in private collections in New Zealand and Australia and I currently exhibit in New York City, Naples and New Zealand.
Collections: Aesthete Gallery, Corner Victoria & Rostrevor Streets, Hamilton, New Zealand. – Artifact Gallery, 84 Orchard St, New York, NY, 10002 – Galleria Monteoliveto, Napoli – Nice, 77 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice(Fr) – Galleria360, Via il Prato 11/r, Florence, Italy, 50123
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Education: 2015: Masters of Arts with Distinction (Painting Major) – 2009: Bachelor of Media Arts (First Class Honours)
Award: 2014: Finalist for the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, NZ – 2009: Centre for Creative Industries Award for Best Research
Investigation: 2009: Waikato Museum of Art and History Artspost Award-Outstanding Academic Record – 2008: Gordon Harris Award-Excellence in Contemporary Art (Third Year)
Solo Exhibitions: 2016: Meshes of the Evening, Artifact Gallery, New York – 2015: Thresholds, The Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ – 2010: Through the Window, Artspost, Hamilton, NZ
Group Exhibitions: 2016: Internation-Art, Galleria360, Florence, Italy – 2016: 22 Mad For Naples, Naples, Italy – 2013: Creative Space, Hamilton, NZ – 2013: Interpretive Realms, Agora Gallery, New York – 2012: The Bank, Hamilton, NZ