Artists' Biographies

Brian Badcock

Brian is one of a trio of famous Badcock family New Zealand artists, with his father Douglas and brother John. Brian learnt to paint when travelling with his father and brother around the South Island on Douglas Badcock painting expeditions. From his Blenheim studio Brian expresses his vibrant vison of the South Island 's mountains and coastline with beautifully expressive plein air oil paintings.

Escha van den Bogerd

Escha was born in The Hague, Holland and attended the Rudolf Steiner school which taught many art subjects including painting drawing and art history. After finishing school she studied art in Florence, Salzburg and Holland. Escha has developed a style that combines figurative and abstractive images working together and reinforcing each other on the canvas. Her work has delicate compositions and colour palettes of many of the Italian Romance artists and her use of wash like techniques adds drama and vibrancy to her paintings.

Escha now lives in Wellington and her paintings are sold here and in Europe. She has exhibited many times in solo and group shows including numerous times in her native Holland and new home New Zealand. Over 15 years Escha's exhibitions  included shows in Geneva, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Venice, Vienna, New York, New Jersey, Moko City Japan and Listowel Ireland.

Phil Dickson

Phil is a Wellington artist who enjoys painting a wide range of subjects including those of cities, the broader countryside, seascapes and the mountains. His sketchbook and paints accompany him while travelling so he can capture the inspiration of any time and place. Phil also likes painting subjects of places familiar to him as they once were, thus revealing them in an historic context from early records, photographs and memory. Phil works in watercolour, oils and pencil. 

Phil is a member and exhibitor in the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Watercolour New Zealand and Wellington Art Club. His exhibitions include other art societies, small groups of fellow artists and a solo exhibition with the Academy of Fine Arts. Phil has run courses in drawing and painting. He sells paintings from exhibitions and galleries. Phil welcomes commission

Vincent Duncan

My passion for art began when I was very young, it has always been a priority for me to express myself though my painting. I am a self-taught artist, painting full-time since 1996. My subject matter is mainly the land and seascapes of Wellington. By creating my own vision of what I see and experience in my city, I try to show happiness and joy. I love texture and colour. I like people to touch my paintings and feel the textured oil. I use a palette knife not brushes and paints unmixed straight from the tube. I describe myself as ‘cheeky and intuitive’, painting what I see and feel. My idea of perspective is based on feeling and not on reality. These things make my paintings humorous, symbolic and uniquely my own.  

Sam Earp

Sam is a young developing artist originally from the UK. Starting out with an exhibition in 2010 he is gradually making an impact with his powerful seacapes and deft landscapes. Sam is a self taught artist and has a passion to learn his craft through personal experimentation. Sam's work is notable for the power and feeling of his wild seas, the subject of his most intense and evocotive paintings.

Joy de Geus

Joy originally trained as a graphic designer. She developed her drawing and watercolour painting during five years living on the Chatham Islands, painting the landscape and people. Moving to Europe where she lived for fifteen years, Joy studied Art at graduate and post graduate level in universities in France, Holland and Italy. Returning to New Zealand she began teaching art part time and became involved with Wellington art, participating in various exhibitions and events. Appreciation of her clean but detailed style of painting has steadily grown and in 2008 she won first prize at Watercolour New Zealand's national exhibition. She then returned to Holland for 18 months where she painted on commission. Now back in Wellington Joy paints scenes of Wellington and is in demand as a commission artist.

Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc

Gabriel Heimler was born in Paris to Hungarian and German parents. He studied at the Ecol des Beaux-Arts in Paris while also studying under Rudolf Lang (a pupil of Gustav Klimt).  After completing his studies in 1988 Heimler moved to Berlin to pursue a career as an artist. The following year, he was one of a number of artists asked to paint murals on the just fallen Berlin Wall.  His 'Wall Jumper'  became well known and an unofficial symbol for Berlin, being replicated on t-shirts etc. These murals are now on the only remaining segment of the Wall, known as the East Side Gallery, an historical monument. The Wall Jumper set the tone for Heimler's 20 year career in Berlin. Heimler's art borrows from Pop Art and the German New Objectivity movement, seeking to express the artist's interpretation of reality with a sharp sometimes satirical perception.  The Wall Jumper represents not an East German leaping to freedom but West Germans crossing the wall to take over the businesses of the East. In the following 20 years Heimler had a successful  career, selling thousands of paintings including one by Sotheby's in New York.  He describes his style as 'concrete narrative' interpretations of historical, religious or social themes. He was continuously represented by a major Berlin gallery, The Ladengalerie and several other European galleries and was one of the artists selected  to paint a room in the famous Berlin Luise Art Hotel. During this time Heimler also contributed to the cultural revival of a Jewish community in Berlin.

Heimler moved with his partner Anna Proc to Wellington in 2010.  For the well known Wellington art patron Chris Parkin, he painted 'The Mover' mural on the Museum Art Hotel. The Mover was voted by the public Wellington's second best outdoor art installation in 2011. The Kiwi Art House Gallery has hosted several  major exhibitions of Heimler and Proc; in 2012, The Beehive in Cuba St, in 2103, Foxtrot Around the Piano and in 2014, Shadow in the Bush (Please see the Exhibitions page)   In 2014 the Lonely Planet travel guide chose both the Berlin and Wellington murals as notable landmarks, and they appear in the Berlin and New Zealand guides.

Since moving to Wellington Heimler with Proc have also painted several 'Spiritual Portraits' for local businesses. These are large works depicting the spirit, ideals and future aspirations of the business.

Jane Hyder

Jane is a Wellington based visual artist who produces paintings and prints of still life,landscapes and figurative narratives in a colourful expressionist style. In 2010 she graduated from Massey University with a Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in painting. Her artworks and published art books are held in the permanent public collections of Massey University,The National Library of New Zealand,The Hocken Library, Te Papa Library and Parliament House Wellington.

Jane exhibits nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions,in 1994 she held a solo exhibition Pacific Renaissance at New Zealand House, London, where her monoprint The Promised Land was purchased by The High Commissioner.

Zad Jabbour

Born in Beirut Lebanon, Zad Jabbour is the son of a well known Lebanese artist. He learnt to paint when very young as an apprentice to his father. Their work was to travel Lebanon repairing church frescos. As Zad grew up he learnt from copying old masters and also attended a French art academy. He became a professional artist at an early age and in his career has exhibited in Lebanon, (where he owned a gallery and ran an art school) Jordan, France the UAE and New Zealand. After leaving Lebanon he was appointed the resident artist at the Al Mushref palace in the UAE and painted the portraits of the King and members of the royal family, and the palace's murals. Zad has family ties with New Zealand and in recent years has lived with his family in Auckland. Since moving to New Zealand Zad has painted realism style oils of everyday life, concentrating on Wellington. His work has parallels with the American artist Edward Hopper

Bruce Luxford

Of his surrealist art Wellington artist Bruce Luxford says, 'I'm searching for pictorial stories that are based on the idea that the painted picture knows itself to be metaphorical, rhetorical, transformational, fictional.'  For his subjects Bruce looks into human values and the driving forces that underpin our actions. He also enjoys attempting to capture  the cyclic energising effects of nature in landscapes and the human imprint on them.

Since establishing his studio in 2003 Bruce has had several successful shows and sold individual works through galleries and independently throughout NZ and overseas. 

Janet Marshall

Janet has been painting New Zealand birds and flora since 1970, when she produced the paintings for three field guides on NZ birds. Mobil Field Guide to Common NZ Birds - Volumes 1 & 2 Mobil Field Guide to Rare and Extinct NZ Birds. These were followed by a series of Limited Edition Reproductions during the 1970s and 1980s and a series of 10 postage stamps on NZ endangered birds for New Zealand Post. Janet has been a regular exhibitor with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts since1999 and in 2003 became a Signature member of WNAG, the World Nature Artists Group. In 2008 Janet created the artwork for NZ Post's Game Bird Habitat stamp series. Also in 2008 her portrait painting of her granddaughter was a finalist in the Adam Portraiture Award. 

Tracy MacDonald 

Tracy MacDonald is a young emerging artist from Wellington who paints in oils on canvas with bright vibrant colours depicting landscapes, sunsets and surises. Her style incorporates graphite pencil outlines that bring a unique look to her paintings. Tracy is a member of the New Zealand Art Guild and The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.   

Bill MacCormick

Bill's paintings in watercolours and oils over 40 years have covered a wide range of motifs. Early landscape work was followed by the influence of more urban environments. Although the motifs are from contemporary New Zealand-people, the buildings around them and the landscape-stylistically there are influences from his exposure to French impressionist works and early watercolours. A feeling for open spaces and the marks of those who have gone before us come through in much of the work.

His paintings are in private and corporate collections in N.Z. and overseas. 

Michael McCormack

Michael is a full time artist working from his studio in Island Bay, on Wellington's south coast. Originally from Ireland, he moved to Wellington in 2000 and his paintings since then have concentrated on Wellington City street and coastal scenes. He has held solo shows in Cork, Cornwall, Edinburgh and Wellington and participated in group shows in Hawaii and New York. He spent two years as artist in residence in Hawaii. Michael's beautiful visual diary style paintings of Wellington have made him one of, if not the, most popular and well known artist in the city. His book, 'Ten Years in Wellington', quickly sold out and went to a second edition.  Every year several thousand Michael McCormack art calendars sell out. Some of  his work is also available in limited edition prints.

Rob McGregor

Rob McGregor's paintings' colourful depiction of NZ life have attracted widespread attention. Rob describes himself: I am a full time painter living in Mt Maunganui. Bold, bright canvases depict the New Zealand I love: its landscapes, people and their leisure-time pursuits. NZ coast, flora, beach and seascapes, sunbathers, nudes, café scenes, music and yachts provide content for my canvases. Many of my paintings reflect the summery, coastal, holiday atmosphere that imbues the area in which I live. However, annual overseas trips result in some paintings that reflect European or Asian themes. I also enjoy the challenge of creating abstract works that rely on colour, texture balance and mood. Reproductions of  my paintings have proved extremely popular: many thousands have been purchased by New Zealanders and visitors to the country, who have no doubt felt associations with the same things that interest me.' 

Alfred Memelink

Alfred Memelink is an  artist who has become well known for his Wellington region seascape and street scene watercolour paintings. Alfred taught himself to paint on long sea voyages where he worked as a marine engineer. He now only works part time at sea, allowing him to follow his passion for painting more fully. His affinity for the sea shows in many of his paintings of the Wellington harbour and the vessels that call to visit. Alfred has a strong following in Wellington.

Adrienne Pavelka

Adrienne is well know for her South Island landscapes  - many New Zealanders are familiar with her painting featured on the cover of the 2009 book "New Zealand Landscape in Watercolour. "
The Arts Editor of the Christchurch Press wrote; "Each work in Adrienne Pavelka's watercolour exhibition distils the essence of the landscape into a glorious passage of colours and forms which sing from the paper's surface. Watercolours either work or fail. In Pavelka's hands they triumph'
She has won many awards, featured in two books on New Zealand artists and has represented New Zealand art in overseas exhibitions.


Judith Royal

Judith is a multimedia artist who began painting while living in England and Australia. After returning to NZ 20 years ago she began experimenting in different media and gained experience while travelling and teaching. She is now a regular exhibitor at the NZ Academy of Fine Art and at Watercolour NZ and takes part in solo and group exhibitions in NZ and overseas. In 2009 she was commissioned to restore the 1906 Royal Doulton murals in Wellington Children's Hospital.

Dianne Taylor

'My involvement in watercolour commenced comparatively late in life after a friend gifted me paint and brushes. I painted on and off for a few years, learning from library books, but it wasn't until 2001 that I began to take art seriously. Since joining the Wellington Art Club that same year, I have had works displayed at the Chelsea St and Rita Angus exhibitions. In 2002 I joined the NZ Academy of Fine Arts and have successfully exhibited my works at the Queen's Wharf galleries in Wellington. I am also a member of Watercolour NZ and regularly participate in their exhibitions. I am still learning from library books and art magazines, and in 2009 participated in two workshops; one by Malcolm Beattie and the other by a brilliant watercolourist, Joseph Zbukvic. I have dabbled in acrylics and find them less stressful than watercolour, wheras watercolour can test my patience and I have had a few frustrating moments where one mistake can see a painting relegated to the bin, then I look at the exciting, atmospheric, subtle and moody works by top watercolourists and this is what inspires me to carry on with this fascinating if somewhat exasperating medium.

George Thompson

George paints in various mediums but he is mostly known for his watercolours. He believes in using colour for full effect and has developed a unique style combining impressionism and strong colours. Wellington City is a common subject and his large colourful city scenes create a feeling of movement and life. His style is instantly recognisable and his works are very popular.

Jan Thomson

Jan began painting in 2000, first in watercolours and then oils. Landscape is her passion, trying to capture its' moods and light. She painted many oil landscapes plein air, giving  an immediacy and freshness that has made her work very popular. She learnt to paint in oil by walking and paintings the Wellington south coast. Now living in St Arnaud she works from her home and attached studio.

Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda started oil painting art the age of 21, when at home looking after her daughter.  There followed oil painting classes through the Wellington Art Club with her textured oil paintings being shown in several exhibitions. She received a commission from the famous Wellington identity Carmen to paint eight Egyptian murals for Carmen's nightclub. An interval followed with little painting while her daughter was at high school and Rhonda worked as a professional accountant. Eleven years ago she returned to oil painting. Since then Rhonda has exhibited at Mahara Gallery in Waikanae, had four solo exhibitions at Koha in Lower Hutt and three artist wall exhibitions at the NZ Art Show. In 2010 she won first prize in the cityscape section of the Southwards Art Exhibition and in 2013 won first prize in the Harbour City Rotary Club Art Exhibition.

Marion Towns

Internationally recognised, New Zealand landscape artist Marion Towns has a creditable list of major exhibitions behind her and her works sell to art lovers throughout the world. The chalk pastel medium Marion works with is used with skill and her choice of colours epitomises the New Zealand summer. Her paintings fall into the Impressionist category - mostly landscapes and seascapes - to which she occasionally adds the female nude form very cleverly emphasising the contours and curves of both.


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