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Curriculum vitae

Date of Birth: June 1975



Place of Birth: New Zealand


2017     Tikanga Marae, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa


2008    Ted Seth Jacobs, Intensive Portrait Painting Program, B.A.C.A.A, Belmont CA, USA


2007    Studio Escalier, Argenton Chateau, France 


2006    Sabbatical, Florence, Italy 


1998     Bachelor of Visual Arts, Manukau School of Visual Arts, New Zealand





2012     Art Renewal Center, Salon Finalist, Figurative Category


2007    Waterway Fellowship, Studio Escalier


2005    Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Scholarship 


1995     3rd Place, Student Category "Windsor & Newton Painting Competition" 


1994     Senior Painting Prize, Howick College


1994     Highly Commended, "Manukau Youth Art Awards" 


1993     Highly Commended, "Manukau Youth Art Awards" 


1992     Highly Commended, "Manukau Youth Art Awards" 





2009    "Artists in Schools" Howick College Art Department, Auckland


2004    "Artists in Schools" Howick College Art Department, Auckland


1999     Pakuranga Community and Cultural Centre, Auckland




Solo Exhibitions


2016    Interiors, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2014    Tempus, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2008    Studio Works, S.O.C.A Gallery, Auckland


2005    Istoria, Milford Galleries, Auckland


2004    Untitled, Mcpherson Gallery, Auckland


2003    Cimmerii, Milford Galleries, Dunedin 


2002    Cameo Project, Te Tuhi - the Mark, Auckland


2002    Corpus, Mcpherson Gallery, Auckland


2001     Humanals, Mcpherson Gallery, Auckland 


2000    Pintura, Pakuranga Public Gallery, Auckland





Selected Group Exhibitions

2019     Our People - Our Land, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland


2017     Our People - Our Land, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2015     Winter Group Show, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2014     Summer Group Show, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2011     About Face Aspects of Portraiture, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland


2011     19th & 20th Century Paintings, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland


2010    National Portrait Competition, Adams Portrait Gallery, Wellington


2010    Wallace Trust Collection, The Pah Homestead, Auckland


2009   Wallace Trust Art Awards, Auckland


2008    National Portrait Competition, Adams Portrait Gallery, Wellington  


2007    Summer Show, S.O.C.A Gallery, Auckland


2006   Group Show, The Angel Academy, Florence, Italy


2006   National Portrait Competition, Adams portrait Gallery, Wellington


2005   Ngāti Tūwharetoa Festival, Taupo Community & Cultural Center, Taupo 


2005   Milford Galleries Stock Show, Milford Galleries, Auckland


2005   B.M.W Awards, B.M.W Show-grounds, Auckland


2004   Portrait of Dorian Grey, S.O.C.A Gallery, Auckland


2004   Wallace Trust Art Awards, Auckland 


2004   National Portrait Competition, Adams Portrait Gallery, Wellington


2003   The Art of Social Commentary, Te Tuhi - the mark, Auckland


2003   Overview Figurative Work, Milford Galleries, Dunedin


2002   Wallace Trust Art Awards, Auckland 


1997    From Here to There, Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu 


1996   Six Pack - Polynesian Artists, Taupo Museum of Art and History, Taupo



Teaching History

2019-present      Portrait Painting, Browne School of Art, Auckland

2019                     ArtSpark Artist Talk, Green Bay Community House, Auckland

2019                     Multimedia Workshops, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, Auckland


2017-present       Portrait Drawing, Titirangi Community Centre

2017                      Portrait Drawing, Te Uru, Titirangi 


2015                      Life Painting Workshop, Te Uru, Titirangi 


2014                      One Month Intensive Painting Workshop, Realist Workshops, Auckland


2013                      One Month Intensive Painting Workshop, Realist Workshops, Auckland


2010-present      Private Tuition, Painting & Drawing, Auckland

2005 – 2012         Life Drawing Tutor, School of Art And Design, Auckland University of Technology               

2000 - 2010         Life Drawing Tutor, Art Station, Ponsonby




Selected Publications & Reviews

Zarahn Southon, 'Grand Battles and Untrammeled Racism'  E-Tangata online magazine, 14 June, 2020

Carly Tawhiao, 'Realist painter gets real about learning tikanga' 24 May, 2016


TJ McNamara, 'At Home with the Dutch Masters' Weekend Herald, November 26, 2016

'Māori artists auction flag designs for charity' Te Ao Māori News, April 7, 2015

Edward Hanfling, 'About Face: Aspects of Portraiture' Art New Zealand, Winter 2011, p13

Iulia Leilua, Native Affairs Māori T.V Monday 21 October, 2013


T.J. McNamara, 'Ingenious Ideas Get the Green Light' NZ Herald, 20 Sep, 2009


'Peninsula Hearts' San Francisco Examiner, February 18th 2009, USA


T.J. McNamara, 'Neo Glare from the Deep South' NZ Herald, October 5th 2008


Richard Wolfe, New Zealand Portraits, Penguin NZ 2008, p216-217 (plate 80)


Sandra Gilliam, 'Following the Masters' Art New Zealand, Spring 2008, p34-37


'Tips & Pic's directory', New York Art Magazine Website, USA, 2006


Zarahn Southon, 'Florentines and Angles' Art News, Spring Edition 2006, p70-71


Zarahn Southon off to Florence Lifestyle magazine NZ Herald, 6 Dec, 2005


T.J. McNamara, 'Giant Shocks Loaded with Emotion' NZ Herald, October 2005


'Crouching Taniwha, Hidden Heritage' Tu Mai Magazine, October 5th 2005, p12-13


Alex Lovell, 'A Kiwi Master' B-guide magazine' Spring Edition 2005, p38-41


T.J. McNamara, 'The Galleries: Realism meets Abstract' NZ Herald, December 15th 2004


Charles Tongue, 'Young Guns', State of the Arts, May Edition 2004


T.J. McNamara, 'Dutch Courage Goes Down A Real Treat', NZ Herald, August 2004


T.J. McNamara, "Place to Dissect the Past", NZ Herald, June 19th 2003


Helen Watson Wright 'Master Strokes' Sunday Star Times, September 2003


Richard Dingwall, 'Figures in Chiaroscuro' Otago Daily Times, October 9th 2003   


Sandra Chesterman, A History of the Life Model in New Zealand Art, Canterbury Press Publications 2002, p121-123


T.J. McNamara, 'Between Rock and a Soft Place' NZ Herald, June 16th 2002


John Daly-Peoples, National Bussiness Review, August 3rd 2001 


T.J. McNamara, 'Outbreak Backs Figure Argument',NZ Herald, July 22nd 2001

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