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 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
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 happines and joy. I love texture and colour. I like people to touch my paintings and feel the textured oil. I use a palette knive 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 is a 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 was born in Paris and moved to Berlin after leaving school to persue a career as an artist. He soon gained a name for himself by painting the 'Wall Jumper' mural on the Berlin wall after it's fall in 1989. This became an unofficial symbol for Berlin and is now incorporated in an historical park. Gabriel then had a successful 20 year career (that included being sold through Sothebys in New York) as an artist painting works with a 'concrete narrative' and often based on historical or philisophical themes.
Gabriel is currently living in Wellington and is best known for his mural 'The Mover' on the Museum Hotel, painted in collaboration with his partner Anna Proc. The mural celebrates the astounding feat of moving the entire hotel on rails to make way for building the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa. Gabriel and Anna are working together on paintings that combine New Zealand influences in scenery and architecture with their European hertiage.
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.
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
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 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.