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Loser Kid – 'A Safe Place for Stupidity' Exhibition

Lightworx Gallery Auckland in collaboration with creative powerhouse, Loser Kid is delighted to present A Safe Place for Stupidity.

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Exploring this notion of creative freedom without having to conform to anyone else’s agenda, the imagery on show ranges from the carefully constructed and thought-provoking to the unharnessed beauty and wildness captured in moments of unrehearsed life.

Shot on film, all works are presented in striking black and white format - this is a rare opportunity to experience the artists behind the lens. To delve into the inner workings of their creativity and to view works that will never be created beyond this exhibition captured in moments of unrehearsed life.


Sam Foley & Pete Wheeler – Post Pop Division

Post Pop Division is a celebration of 2 friend‘s shared art experiences that started out 20 years ago as studio neighbors in the Queens Building Dunedin, after which Wheeler established himself in Berlin. 

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Over much of the last 2 decades, these 2 artists have travelled extensively throughout Europe. Being based mostly in multicultural Berlin has allowed different cultures room to intersect and inform their practices. It enabled travel to witness first-hand the best historical and contemporary art Europe has to offer, through its countless museums, galleries, world-leading biennales and International Art Fairs. All this is set against the backing track of the big arty heart of Berlin, beating loudly with the street and music culture the special arts capital embraces. It was a unique time.

At first glance there appears to be not a lot in common between Pete Wheeler’s and Sam Foley‘s painting but look a little closer, spend a little time in the same space with these 2 painters and the similarities will soon reveal themselves.


Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes – WHETŪ

Celebrating Matariki with a Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes Exhibition. Join us in the Front room gallery to witness the magical nine artworks representing each of the nine whetū of Matariki.

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Contrary to popular belief, there are nine stars in the star cluster of Matariki, rather than seven. They all hold dominion over particular areas of our environment as seen from a Māori worldview. In celebration of Matariki, Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes has released her newest collection of woven artwork titled 'Whetū'. 

 

Showing in the Front Room Gallery until 21st July 2021


 


Robert Jahnke – Ripeka Pae Exhibition

Aotearoa's Leading Contemporary Māori artist, Robert Jahnke exhibits his latest collection in our Lightworx Gallery Sidespace.

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The Ripeka Pae and Purehuroa series engage audiences in an immersive field of interactive light that reflect customary lattice-work patterns and narratives from tribal houses while politicising bi-cultural commitment.

Jahnke has long been drawn to the aesthetic and metaphorical qualities of light, (neon light in particular). He translates neon forms into diamonds, triangles & crosses. Using light, mirrors and reflections, the neon light forms beam brightly in Jahnke’s works, creating a distinctive glow and mirrored infinity, which is simply compelling.


VIRUT – Auckland Sidespace Gallery Exhibition

As the first-ever Auckland VIRUT show commences, we are excited to share with you his latest collection of artworks!

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Virut is an artist overflowing with creativity, he ditches the traditional oil brush for piles of colourful magazines cuttings. This successful formula sees tiny scraps of colourful paper, meticulously layered one next to the other to produce eye-popping portraits. His larger than life collages, are complex and vivid, from a distance the portraits are almost hyperrealistic, viewed closely the original image softly dissolves into the layers of paper.


Fiona Kerr Gedson – Whenua

Fiona Kerr Gedson opens the doors to her newest exhibition titled – WHENUA. Front room show at Artbay Gallery.

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Recently Fiona has begun to celebrate her appreciation for the natural environment through landscape works. Her landscapes capture a moment in time, though they are symbolic of a state of mind, rather than a specific place. She is deeply soothed by time spent in nature. As a calm mother teaches her child to self-regulate by being, connecting to Papatūānuku can guide us to find peace within ourselves. Fiona explores this concept with serene and timeless imagery.


Jimmy James Kouratoras – An Ode to My Grecian Urn

For his upcoming exhibition at Artbay Gallery Queenstown, Jimmy James Kouratoras pays homage to his Greek ancestry.

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Inspired by his travels to his Cretan homeland in the Mediterranean, including the ancient ruins of Knossos, his artworks are influenced by the Cretan pottery, specifically large-scale urns and vases that were used to preserve olives, oil and other perishables.


Elan – Awakening

In our upstairs exclusive exhibitions gallery we present the newest collection from Zen artist – ELAN!

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Awakening. This show is about self-reflection, embracing our shared humanity and expressing gratitude for the privilege of Being. It’s a recognition of where we came from, the appreciation of the unfathomable odds of life ever even happening, the gift of being able to experience the journey, and the recognition that This is it! It’s about the celebration of life itself. Enjoy the show.  
– Elan


VIRUT 2020 Exhibition

Artbay Gallery presents the newest body of work produced by the king of collage – VIRUT Panchabuse!

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The Artist celebrates the character and emotions of his subjects regardless of their gender, age and ethnicity. Each different, each unique but all full of emotions. The final product of Virut’s tedious practice, are very distant from the original source. Each portrait different & unique but full of emotion.


Lightworx Gallery Grand Opening

Lightworx Gallery by Artbay, is a fresh, modern, contemporary gallery with a big city feel. Located in downtown Queenstown this innovative gallery is a national first. Featuring Avant-garde works that will inspire, engage and simply wow any audience.

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Director Pauline Bianchi has curated a cutting-edge exhibition space that feels very unique. Lightworx Gallery showcases New Zealand’s award-winning modern artist’s visions and ideas with artworks that are interactive and uplifting.


Sam Foley: A Forest

Sam Foley is a coveted award-winning New Zealand artist, who has spent the last decade between Dunedin, Berlin, Switzerland, and Norway.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to see Sam's latest exhibition, fall in love all over again with our native forest and take a walk through his paintings as if you are walking through our own backyard.

‘The Forest’ opens Friday 4th September at Artbay Gallery Queenstown.


Rachael Errington: Journey Through The Seasons

Take a 'Journey Through The Seasons' with Rachael Errington's latest collection of artworks that celebrate wondrous wooden landscapes. 

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Rachael Errington's timeless depictions of seasons and nature are created using oils and acrylics, using a special layering technique which she has developed over the last ten years. The results are distinctive, textural, and often described as ethereal and reflective of an ‘enchanted forest’.


Isaac Petersen: 2020 Exhibition

Contemporary hyperrealism artist Isaac Petersen showcases his newest collection of Oil paintings in our Exclusive Exhibitions Space. 

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This body of work transports the viewer right into the heart of Central Lake's most mesmerising locations.

"My work is a culmination of stories from my life, my home, and places I have been." – Isaac Petersen


Max Patté: Polychromatic

Artbay Gallery is excited to welcome senior Contemporary Artist, Max Patté to the team! 

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Max is well known for his iconic sculpture Solace in the Wind located on the Wellington waterfront and his larger than life cast iron horses The Frolic and the Fancy found at the Hills Golf Club & Sculpture Park in Queenstown. Having acquired corporate patrons and collectors throughout the world, including Sir Ian McKellen, Charles Saatchi, Stephen Fry, Sir Richard Taylor, and Sir Michael Hill; Max is quickly becoming one of New Zealand's most successful artists.


Simon Max Bannister: The Calling

The newest collection of bronze casted sculptures by Simon Max Bannister.

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Simons large steel sculptures reflect a sense of time and place within the elements, as they are encouraged to naturally oxidize, giving the sculptures a warm patina rich in earthy ochres. Simon's smaller bronze sculptures are assembled from wood splinters, which are reminiscent of feathers, bone and sinew.


Mad As A Hatter Akarua Art Exhibition

The joint event of Artbay Gallery’s 15th Birthday & the release of

Akarua’s 25 Steps.

Through their own experience and expressions, 5 Artists have created artworks, to tempt you back to relive childhood nostalgia; the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland, and the infamous Mad Hatters Tea Party.


Michael Moore - Front Room Exhibition

Memories of New Zealand's Precious Trees and Birds. An interview with landscape artist Michael Moore


He’s well-known for his minimalist-inspired depictions. He has exhibited nationally for more than 30 years and his acrylic and oil paintings appear in private and public collections around the world. His latest exhibition at Artbay Gallery June 24th – July 12th showcases his newest artworks.


VIRUT – First New Zealand Exhibition

 

Internationally renowned artist Virut to personally open his first New Zealand show.

After phenomenal success in Asia, Virut gained global attention and held sell-out shows in Amsterdam (2017) and Bahrain (2018). Artbay Gallery Director Pauline Bianchi says she is “very, very excited” to host Virut’s first New Zealand show.


Jimmy James Kouratoras – Behind the Art

Jimmy James Kouratoras’ rich, bright and colourful artworks have received critical acclaim both in New Zealand and internationally.



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We caught up with James to find out more about his unusual artistic background in the film industry and the inspiration behind his latest works on display at Artbay Gallery. Read more here.



Sofia Minson: The Navigators

Discover more about the inspiration behind this incredible collection of large-scale works...

Sofia Minson ExhibitionBorn in Auckland in 1984, Sofia’s father worked as a civil engineer, work which took him and his family around the world. Sofia spent her childhood in Samoa, Sri Lanka and China and returned to New Zealand as a teenager. It’s this mix of cultures and her mixed heritage which has inspired and informed her distinctive, award-winning artwork. Read more here. 


Louise McRae Exhibition: No Ordinary Sun

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Louise McRae’s latest art exhibition will capture art lovers with its mix of cubism, abstract forms and destruction.

Artbay Gallery is excited to showcase Louise McRae’s latest artworks in our Exclusive Exhibitions space, 18th January - 16th February 2018. Her previous show of abstract artworks sold out – so art fans and collectors need to be in quick! Read more here.


Nature framed: new art exhibition captures the best of raw New Zealand

By Nature Exhibition

Prominent New Zealand based artists Fiona Kerr Gedson and Annemeike Farmillo are showcasing their nature inspired artworks together in Queenstown this holiday season (21st December 2017 - 11th January 2018).

The exhibition, entitled ‘By Nature’ will be held at Artbay Gallery’s new Exclusive Exhibitions space overlooking Lake Wakatipu.


Tony O'Keefe: Central Otago Treasures

Blaze by Tony O'Keefe

The latest collection to arrive at Artbay is new works by award-winning Queenstown sculptor Tony O’Keefe

He’s known for his use of recycled materials, particularly locally found steel. When you take home a Tony O’Keefe sculpture, quite often you’re taking home a piece of Central Otago history. Read more here.


Quintessential Kiwi Art

Frosty Boy PaintingGeoff Williams’ artworks are quintessentially kiwi. His paintings feature Kiwiana, toy cars and classic ice cream vans. Then there’s his large New Zealand landscapes, everyday still life scenes and nudes. Soulful, elegant and honest, Geoff Williams’ exhibition in Artbay’s Exclusive Exhibitions space is a must see. Anyone who identifies with Aotearoa, its landscapes, South Island culture or traditions will love this eclectic art exhibition. On now until 15th December 2017. Read more here. 


One to watch: Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes

Framed RapakiHere at Artbay, we showcase a huge range award-winning New Zealand artists. Our consultants can help you choose art to colour your life and last a lifetime. We’re always unearthing new talent and it’s something we’re proud to share with you. This month, we spotlight Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes, a Maori artist who's one to watch in the art scene. Read more here...


The Secret Place with Raquel Clarke

Raquel Clarke Art ExhibitionRaquel Clarke is a third-generation artist from Auckland, New Zealand. Raquel’s beautiful impressionist, flower-filled landscapes show a deep appreciation and skill in rich colour palettes, ambient light and textured oils. In October 2017, Artbay Gallery was thrilled to host Raquel’s very first solo show, The Secret Place in our Exclusive Exhibitions space on Marine Parade. Read more here. 


Eclectia Exhibition: John Shewry's latest bold exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

John Shewry ExhibitionThis August 2017, Artbay’s Exclusive Exhibitions space showcases John Shewry’s latest bold artworks. Colourful, thought provoking and emotional, John Shewry’s artwork is an eclectic collection of media. The self-taught artist spends many hours searching charity shops for materials to use in his artworks, which often tell a tale of juxtaposing historic, political and news events. Read more here.


Kate Moss and Haute Couture: Exhibition La Femme

Suzy Platt ArtDunedin-born artist Suzy Platt is exhibiting a series of her fashion inspired works in Artbay Gallery this July. The artist was head-hunted earlier this year by renowned British fashion photographer Nick Knight to illustrate the Women’s Haute Couture shows in Paris. "It was a return to fashion for me as I studied fashion when I first left school,” says Suzy. Read more here.





The Winter Collection

Winter art exhibition in Queenstown

We welcome you to come and view this special Winter Collection. Showing until 31st July 2017 in our Exclusive Exhibitions space (upstairs at 11 Marine Parade, Queenstown) the Winter Collection includes artworks by New Zealand's very best award winning artists and is one that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read more here

 

 


Life and Leisure with Pauline Bianchi

Artbay Gallery Director and Founder Pauline Bianchi has been featured in leading lifestyle magazine NZ Life and Leisure (issue 73). For those who aren't avid readers already, NZ Life and Leisure is a magazine about changing lives. It's full of inspirational stories about people who have an insatiable desire to make the most out of life. Read more here. 

 


Picking Up Sticks

Artist Tony O'KeefeIn March 2017 Artbay Gallery Exclusive Exhibitions (our brand-new exhibition space in the Eichardt’s building) played host to creative live performances from sculptor Tony O’Keefe and adventurous Queenstown art collective Pick Up Sticks. The live performances, dubbed ‘The Autumn Psyphony’ began with a large steel and concrete sculpture. “It started out as a single structure, this ‘Psyphon’ machine,” said Tony. Read more here. 

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