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
Wellington artist Vincent Duncan has been painting his exuberant heavily textured oils full time since the mid 1990s. Since then he has become without doubt one of Wellington's most successful artists. His work is in many Wellington homes, in Wellington hospital brightening up the wards and bought by numerous national and international visitors to the capital. His secret ingredients; joy and fun! Vincent says "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. By creating my own vision of what I see and experience in my city, I try to make my viewer feel good and happy. I love texture and colour. I like people to touch my paintings and feel the textured oil. I describe myself as ‘cheeky and intuitive’, painting what I see and feel. An artist has to see the world differently These things make my paintings humorous, symbolic and uniquely my own.
Sam is a self taught romantic realism artist witha 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 evocative paintings.
"I was born on the island of Guernsey in 1979 but grew up in the South West of England where I did a lot of drawing and painting from an early age, I always loved landscape art even as a child. I moved to the beautiful country of New Zealand in 2009 and have been here ever since.I have a passion for painting landscapes, especially water and the sea, which I enjoy painting most of all. I also love to paint outdoors on location (en plein air). I love recreating the colours, light and atmosphere of nature on canvas. Painting gives me an enormous sense of well-being and connectedness.I especially love the dramatic landscapes and beautiful colours that are so unique to the New Zealand wilderness and I channel this into my mountain 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 portraits of the islanders. 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 and often highly detailed watercolours steadily grew and in 2008 she won first prize at Watercolour New Zealand's national exhibition. She then spent 18 months in Holland, where her parents had emigrated from, painting on commission. Now settled in Wellington, Joy paints scenes of the city in her own signature style, making full use of those typical New Zealand blues and greens that define the landscape.
Claudia Grutke was born 1966 in Germany, where she lived, worked and studied until 1996 when she immigrated to New Zealand. An interest in art started early. Drawing and painting was enjoyed as a pleasurable hobby for many years. While working professionally in primary healthcare, some private lessons were taken to explore drawing, painting and abstract art. Apart from these lessons she is mainly self-taught. Claudia decided to turn her passion for art into a profession while living through the sequence of earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. After moving to the North Island of New Zealand in 2013, she now lives in Raglan and works from her studio at home. Very often she finds herself exploring the transition of land, sea and sky while using a variety of textures. As a result, abstract landscapes or seascapes emerge, the paciïfiÂÂÂÂÂc ocean at her doorstep offers great inspiration for these paintings. Her art is part of private collections in USA, Europe and New Zealand. Winner of the “Artist of the Year” competition 2014 by Chroma “Little Treasures” International group exhibitions at Galleria De Marchi, Bologna in December 2015 and December 2016. “Women Essence Project” International group exhibition at Hernandez Gallery, Milan, April 2016 International group exhibition organised by Trevisan International Art at the Ateneo de Madrid, October 2016.
Gabriel Heimler and Anna Proc
Gabriel was born in Paris to Hungarian/German parents where he studied at the influential art school Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He moved to Berlin after his studies to pursue a career as an artist. He quickly gained a name for himself after being asked to contribute to the Berlin Wall mural project, where he painted the 'Wall Jumper' in 1989. This became an unofficial symbol for Berlin and the Berlin Wall mural project is now incorporated as an historical park. His mural was the catalyst for a successful 20 year career with a major Berlin Gallery involving numerous solo and group exhibitions, having a work being sold through Sothebys in New York, being a leader of the post war revival of Jewish culture in Berlin, and creating an international European art project 'Art Express'.
In 2010 Gabriel moved with his partner Anna Proc to Wellington, where together they have begun a collaboration that has resulted in several major exhibitions. Gabriel's work has always explored social, historical or religious themes and his and Anna's New Zealand exhibitions have been an exploration of their new society. Anna Proc's artistic background was in creative crafts and art administration, but since joining with Gabriel she now paints with him on the same works and contributes to the creative ideas.
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/gallery in Seatoun in 2003, Bruce has had several successful exhibitions including his solo 'Spontaneous' exhibition for the Kiwi Art House Gallery in 2015. He also sells 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.