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Meet the Artists
Nick Eggleston

Nick Eggleston

My love of watercolour as a medium, is remarkably similar to my love of working with ceramics…There’s an unpredictability to both. Nick graduated from Chesterfield College of Art and Design in 1981 with a distinction in ceramics and membership to The Society of Designer Craftsmen. A master craftsman of clay, water colour, wood carving and bespoke shoe making

Sue MacDougall

Sue MacDougall

After over 20 years of living in Greece, I now live permanently in New Zealand, although I still do visit Greece once or twice a year. Sue’s main influences come from the Blue Rider Group which included artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Gabrielle Munter

Jackie Gray

Jackie Gray

I am a local mixed media artist whose fascination for the metaphysical, consciousness and the human condition channels into her multi-layered work. Adding and subtracting drawing media, collage and paint, meaning and ideas surface from her subconscious and create rich layers that culminate in abstracted stories/paintings to engage and involve the viewer.

Lou Agas

Lou Agas

Originally from the Philippines, I have been drawing since I can remember. My family moved to Aotearoa in 2010 where I worked full time with a design studio as a motion graphics designer and video editor. The beginning of 2020 saw me established my own business and devoted more time to my art. Acrylic is my chosen medium – bold and thick, with very visible brush strokes. As for my subjects, I try to vary. But I am really fascinated with the human figure and the language it speaks.

Katja Pott

Katja Pott

Katja likes to tell stories and her art often relates to her time in Germany, Alice Springs and Tauranga. She feels art is about people, love, exploring one’s inner life and what we are taking with us from all the worlds we live in. Working on her theme Artist Between Three Countries has enriched Katja’s personal life as much as her artistic endeavours. She struggles at times having her heart in three places. Delving into the subject gives opportunity to look closer at feelings of displacement

Ulemj Glamuzina

Ulemj Glamuzina

I was born in Mongolia and have lived in many parts of the world, finally settling in New Zealand in 2006, with my young family. Ulemj at a young age was drawn to capturing what she saw with pencil. In her 20’s (post her formal studies) she started working with watercolour pencils, then oils.

Damien Kurth

Damien Kurth

My catch phrase is “Why differentiate between ways of painting? It is all about the experience of seeing and creating. The more we demystify it, the stronger it is” I have taught drawing and painting for many years and I love to bring a quiet, sensitive, and meditative approach to my teaching practice. Damien Kurth studied painting at Otago polytechnic where he gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He went on to study for a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

Constanza Briceno

Constanza Briceno

Originally from Chile, I speak fluent Spanish, and immigrated to NZ in 2009. I love baking and camping with my family. I currently live and work in Papamoa, New Zealand I teach Acrylic Abstract Painting, using marks and mistakes to create an original piece. Colour being my focus. Constanza graduated in 2001 from Fine Arts, since then, she has been involved in different studios, group, and solo exhibitions.

Ruth NiConnell

Ruth NiConnell

Bronsmith Jewelery I create my jewellery focusing on one piece at a time or on small batches. My aim is to create unique adornments which become cherished heirlooms. I have developed my own style and have a special collection of antique beads which I will often incorporate into my jewellery and share with my students. Ruths background is in textiles and fashion which eventually led her to jewellery through costuming on a movie set, then working in The Bead Gallery Nelson for 10 years.

Emma Bossley

Emma Bossley

Recently moving from Auckland to Tauranga has created the time and space to come back to making art after a long break. Emma’s current practice includes portraits and studies of figures in interior spaces, a subject brought about by lockdown. Emma works predominantly in paint, switching from oil to acrylic depending on subject matter.

Isa Mathys

Isa Mathys

In Isabelle’s artmaking, chains of associations, emotional experiences and dreams are a welcome source of inspiration and often the starting point for the visual storytelling in her surrealist paintings. Isabelle did her master’s degree at Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland. Her work has been featured in numerous local exhibitions in the past few years.

Duane Moyle

Duane Moyle

Duane is interested in framing, viewing and structuring historically significant, sacred places that he has a deep affinity for. Through the lenses of geometry and traditional pictorial landscape ideologies, he is hoping to find new ways of seeing familiar landmarks.

Doreen McNeill

Doreen McNeill

Abstract painter Doreen McNeill does not wish to 'finish' her paintings. She considers art as a process that is begun by the artist and if successful, starts to live a life of its own. In her creative process she works on a painting until a time when she sees the painting as 'something living' - when the art begins to work for itself. Now in her nineties, Doreen continues to paint with passion and gusto and is still exhibiting her work in galleries throughout New Zealand.

Janice Giles

Janice Giles

I like cats, gardening, and enjoy looking at other people’s art. Janice has sold internationally, been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards, the Rotorua Museum Art Awards, The Venetta Miles Awards, and received the Tauranga Society of Artists Supreme Annual Art Award.

Christie Cramer

Christie Cramer

My inspiration is the beauty of a moment, as light touches a subject. A piece of foliage changes from a dull grey to a luminous green in an instant with the sun. This power of transformation is my muse... My intention is that the positive energy involved in creating the work is passed on to the viewer. I love to use bold, vibrant, translucent colours which set my work apart.

Joanne Black

Joanne Black

The artworks are inspired by my re-imagined tūpuna with the intent to embrace diverse cultural elements with dignity. My reimagined Tūpuna portraits that combines my Māori heritage and influences of the Renaissance style, are instinctively reimagined from the guidance of my tūpuna. In my artworks there is a mixture of delight and repulsion and this is my intention that I apply to my imagery.

Sam Allen

Sam Allen

Kia Ora I'm Sam Allen a muralist, painter and illustrator from Tauranga New Zealand. I'm currently based at the Incubator Creative Hub at the historic village. I have been pursuing a career in art since 2019. In that time, I have gathered a lot of experience painting murals in public, private, commercial spaces as well as with community groups and schools. I can paint on any kind of wall no matter the surface or size. The bigger the better.

Robin Purllant

Robin Purllant

My paintings and artworks tell stories and the visual use of words are often an important element in the way these stories are told. My starting point can be from either a literary or a musical source (usually poetry or classical music). These are then combined with a personal “life event” to produce an artwork that is multi - dimensional, metaphorical and full of memorable detail.

Paul Darragh

Paul Darragh

Paul Darragh lives and works as an artist and designer in Mount Maunganui. His painting practice traverses both the traditional canvases and large-scale murals and outdoor paintings. Each is produced in acrylic, house paint, spray paint and airbrush techniques, drawing on Darragh's work as an abstractionist and his distinctive graphic sensibility. He uses flat colour to precisely render shapes and icons and manipulates depth using illusionistic shadows and patterns.

Joanna Tindling

Joanna Tindling

Originally from the Wairarapa, Jo grew up obsessed with drawing cartoons and visual art. Whilst living in Wellington, Jo started drawing geometric abstractions (or ge-abs) with biro on grid paper, after rediscovering her doodles of these patterns in her high school maths books. Jo has continued with her geometric abstractions and expanded her use of materials beyond pen and paper.

Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

Most of my life I have drawn and painted, working in many different media. I’m creating mainly acrylic paintings at present, inspired by New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and nature. Trees have always been a favourite subject, also the flowers and birds in my garden. Some figurative artworks are embellished with jewellery, fabric and stitching.

Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster

Arlene is a self taught jeweller and silversmith with some expert and much cherished input from masters - Hanne Erikson Mapp, Brian Adam and Vaune Mason. Arlene works mainly in silver (with some gold embellishments) and uses a variety of techniques in her work including object setting, wax casting, chain making and keum boo. She uses stone, shell, vintage glass and recycled jewels. She is inspired by handmade artists including Karl Fritsch, Ann Culy, and Jane Dodds among others.

Deb Clarke

Deb Clarke

Deb Clarke is a passionate watercolour artist who paints contemporary realism. Her favourite artworks are large florals which she loves to paint ‘up close and personal’, representing the heart of each bloom in vibrant transparent colours or moody subtle shades depending on the subject. Birds and wildlife also feature in many of her paintings.

Jane Rotherham

Jane Rotherham

Artist. Pack leader. Goatsherd.

Bobbi Summers

Bobbi Summers

Bobbi Summers is a New Zealand multimedia artist and designer whose contemporary minimalist works focus on shapes, patterns, connections and tiny worlds. Science and mycology play a vital role in her works, along with macro and microscopic photography. She is fascinated by light and shadow and is heavily influenced by the gestural techniques embodied within Japanese ink painting, and ideas attributed to Wabi-sabi, Zen Buddhism and Mindfulness.

Ulemj Glamuzina

Ulemj Glamuzina

I was born in Mongolia and have lived in many parts of the world, finally settling in New Zealand in 2006, with my young family. Ulemj at a young age was drawn to capturing what she saw with pencil. In her 20’s (post her formal studies) she started working with watercolour pencils, then oils.

Damien Kurth

Damien Kurth

My catch phrase is “Why differentiate between ways of painting? It is all about the experience of seeing and creating. The more we demystify it, the stronger it is” I have taught drawing and painting for many years and I love to bring a quiet, sensitive, and meditative approach to my teaching practice. Damien Kurth studied painting at Otago polytechnic where he gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He went on to study for a Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

Constanza Briceno

Constanza Briceno

Originally from Chile, I speak fluent Spanish, and immigrated to NZ in 2009. I love baking and camping with my family. I currently live and work in Papamoa, New Zealand I teach Acrylic Abstract Painting, using marks and mistakes to create an original piece. Colour being my focus. Constanza graduated in 2001 from Fine Arts, since then, she has been involved in different studios, group, and solo exhibitions.

Ruth NiConnell

Ruth NiConnell

Bronsmith Jewelery I create my jewellery focusing on one piece at a time or on small batches. My aim is to create unique adornments which become cherished heirlooms. I have developed my own style and have a special collection of antique beads which I will often incorporate into my jewellery and share with my students. Ruths background is in textiles and fashion which eventually led her to jewellery through costuming on a movie set, then working in The Bead Gallery Nelson for 10 years.

Emma Bossley

Emma Bossley

Recently moving from Auckland to Tauranga has created the time and space to come back to making art after a long break. Emma’s current practice includes portraits and studies of figures in interior spaces, a subject brought about by lockdown. Emma works predominantly in paint, switching from oil to acrylic depending on subject matter.

Isa Mathys

Isa Mathys

In Isabelle’s artmaking, chains of associations, emotional experiences and dreams are a welcome source of inspiration and often the starting point for the visual storytelling in her surrealist paintings. Isabelle did her master’s degree at Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland. Her work has been featured in numerous local exhibitions in the past few years.

Duane Moyle

Duane Moyle

Duane is interested in framing, viewing and structuring historically significant, sacred places that he has a deep affinity for. Through the lenses of geometry and traditional pictorial landscape ideologies, he is hoping to find new ways of seeing familiar landmarks.

Doreen McNeill

Doreen McNeill

Abstract painter Doreen McNeill does not wish to 'finish' her paintings. She considers art as a process that is begun by the artist and if successful, starts to live a life of its own. In her creative process she works on a painting until a time when she sees the painting as 'something living' - when the art begins to work for itself. Now in her nineties, Doreen continues to paint with passion and gusto and is still exhibiting her work in galleries throughout New Zealand.

Janice Giles

Janice Giles

I like cats, gardening, and enjoy looking at other people’s art. Janice has sold internationally, been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards, the Rotorua Museum Art Awards, The Venetta Miles Awards, and received the Tauranga Society of Artists Supreme Annual Art Award.

Christie Cramer

Christie Cramer

My inspiration is the beauty of a moment, as light touches a subject. A piece of foliage changes from a dull grey to a luminous green in an instant with the sun. This power of transformation is my muse... My intention is that the positive energy involved in creating the work is passed on to the viewer. I love to use bold, vibrant, translucent colours which set my work apart.

Joanne Black

Joanne Black

The artworks are inspired by my re-imagined tūpuna with the intent to embrace diverse cultural elements with dignity. My reimagined Tūpuna portraits that combines my Māori heritage and influences of the Renaissance style, are instinctively reimagined from the guidance of my tūpuna. In my artworks there is a mixture of delight and repulsion and this is my intention that I apply to my imagery.

Sam Allen

Sam Allen

Kia Ora I'm Sam Allen a muralist, painter and illustrator from Tauranga New Zealand. I'm currently based at the Incubator Creative Hub at the historic village. I have been pursuing a career in art since 2019. In that time, I have gathered a lot of experience painting murals in public, private, commercial spaces as well as with community groups and schools. I can paint on any kind of wall no matter the surface or size. The bigger the better.

Robin Purllant

Robin Purllant

My paintings and artworks tell stories and the visual use of words are often an important element in the way these stories are told. My starting point can be from either a literary or a musical source (usually poetry or classical music). These are then combined with a personal “life event” to produce an artwork that is multi - dimensional, metaphorical and full of memorable detail.

Paul Darragh

Paul Darragh

Paul Darragh lives and works as an artist and designer in Mount Maunganui. His painting practice traverses both the traditional canvases and large-scale murals and outdoor paintings. Each is produced in acrylic, house paint, spray paint and airbrush techniques, drawing on Darragh's work as an abstractionist and his distinctive graphic sensibility. He uses flat colour to precisely render shapes and icons and manipulates depth using illusionistic shadows and patterns.