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Kermadec exhibition opens in Wgtn today


In celebration of the government’s announced intention to create the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary (only the 4th biggest in the world!) the Kermadec artists have put together a ‘final’ exhibition here in Wellington.

Hosted by Pataka, the show is on at the Academy Gallery on Queens Wharf from today

All the original artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and me of course) are represented, most with new works. I have new photographic works and a video instillation.

I would also highly recommend coming to one of the shows put on the the theatre group Company of Giants, who will be performing Rangitahua from the 15th until the 19th (2pm and 7pm). Book at iticket.co.nz. It is a great show that weaves it’s way among the audience and exhibition telling the story of the Kermadecs.

More on the Kermedac project

Popping up at Deluxe

I have grabbed an unexpected opportunity to put up work at Deluxe Cafe in Wellington for the next two weeks.

This week I have popped up a few old favourites (see below) but all going well I will put at least one new big work next week. Watch this space.

Crossing Series

“Crossing Series #1” 2011
Limited edition (10) Triptych of Lambda digital master photographic prints
on Kodak Archival Paper
700 x 465mm each
Individual prints: $900 framed, $600 unframed
$2500 framed for the triptych (set of three)



“Offseason Ohakune” 2009
Limited edition (10)  – Giclée print on Rag
483 x 329 mm
$1100 framed, $600 unframed


The find

The Find 2010
Acrylic on reclaimed board 800 x 1100

Egg unveiled!

At long last I can reveal the design of my egg for The Big Egg Hunt (see my previous post for details). Last night it and 99 other eggs were hidden around Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Let me know when you find mine – send photos even!

Stranded in Paradice

and here are some pics of me painting it (taken by Lauren O’Hara)

Jason painting egg Jason painting egg

If you want the full rational of what the design is about here it is:

Stranded in Paradise
I interpreted the egg as a symbol of the start of a life – full of promise. Taking that as a start point, I turned my thoughts to my own birth and childhood growing up in Palmerston North – a small town in a small and isolated country during the 70s. During my teenage years I felt our isolation as a double edged sword – providing our unique lifestyle but small and distant from everywhere.

In the design I am represented by a fantail (relatively common in Palmerston North) yearning to take flight and explore the world (represented by the compass rose) but being held back by the isolation and conservatism of 70s life in NZ (the tendrils of paisley wrapping themselves around the bird). The title is a reference to the book of the same name released in 1988, the title of which struck a chord with me as a youth.

This egg is dedicated to the memory of one on the nicest blokes I have had the pleasure of meeting – Nick Linney.

If you haven’t read my previous post – the eggs from The Big Egg Hunt will be auctioned to raise money for Starship Children’s Hospital

Egg at WCC

See it on display in the foyer of WCC just off Civic Square in Wellington
NB Sadly it is not open during the weekend

And you can bid for it on TradeMe – all proceeds to Starship Hospital

Kermadec workshops

Dame Robin White Artist

Dame Robin White painting mural as part of school program. Devonport 2013

As part of the Kermadec: Hands to Bathe exhibition we (Robin White, Greg O’Brien, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Elizabeth Thomson and I) helped the Navy Museum to run workshops for local schools. We talked the kids through the show and worked with them as they created their own art and collectively created a mural for the museum. Great fun and a great opportunity for me to photograph the other artists at work (see photo of Robin above).

Kermadec at the Sargent

Sargent gallery


Kermadec – Lines in the Ocean has opened in Whanganui’s Sargent Gallery. It was a great opening and floor talk – well attended (yes more people than in the photos) with a nice relaxed conversational feel. As always the staff at the Sargent rocked. On ya Whanganui!

The show is on 9 November 2013 – 2 March 2014


Yeap it is the big time! The Kermadec “Lines in the ocean” Exhibition is now in Hamilton at the Waikato Museum. 25 July until 20 October 2013.

Here is a couple a shots from the opening – it is always a good sign when there is dancing at an exhibition opening!

Hamilton openingHamilton opening

Full screen Kermadec web-o-net goodness!

Kemadec website


Fresh on the inter-webo-net. The brand new official Kermadec exhibition website in all its full screen image goodness. Plenty to look at, read, video’s, artist bios … you name it. Pretty much the Kermadec Book online + more . Features work by all the Kermadec artists: (Phil Dadson,Bruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White) Darn fine!


More on the Kermadec Project

Wakey Wakey Wakey Wellington!

Wakey Wakey WakeyThe Kermadec exhibition has finally made it to Wellington! Nothing bets a hometown crowd and what a crowd it was at the opening – absolutely packed!

We take over the entire ground floor of Wellington’s City Gallery for the next 4 months. 4 October 2012 – 10 February 2013.

This time the show is titled “Wakey, Wakey, Wakey” – a call for action to the politicians of this fair land that it is time for action. Time to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Kermadec trench (learn all about it on the Kermadec website)

The show features work of all 9 artists: Phil DadsonBruce FosterFiona HallGregory O’BrienJohn PuleJohn ReynoldsElizabeth ThomsonRobin White and me of course.

I will join some of the other Kermadec artists in a floor talk this Saturday 6th October at 2pm. Please join us – it’s free!

See my work from the show and learn more about the project in the works section of the site.

Wakey, wakey, wakey" opening 3 Oct 2012

“Wakey, wakey, wakey” Opening night 3rd October 2012

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey Wakey 2012 Acrylic on board 950 x 1350

I decided to hand-paint a’poster’ as a bit of a visual record of the Kermadec trip.  As well as our pseudo mascot the flying fish there is an aspect of each artist or their work intertwined with the stories of the Kermadec region and artist voyage.

The original painting and signed limited edition prints of the poster (330 x 483mm) are available – See the Kermadecs works for sale page

More about the Kermadec trip and exhibition

Exhibition opens in Tonga

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A slightly smaller scale version of the Kermadec exhibition has opened at the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa, Tonga this week.
Happy to report that the exhibition, the opening (attended by HRH Princess Latufuipeka Halaevalu Mata’aho Tuku’aho, the workshops, the school visits, and artist talks are all a huge hit – with fantastic attendance, feedback and coverage. And the exhibition looks fantastic too!
By the end of next week over 1,700 primary school children will have visited the exhibition. In addition some of the artists (Robin White, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule and Elizabeth Thomson and Bronwyn Golder will have visited more than a dozen schools – will send some pics of those visits shortly.
The Princess (daughter of the King), Australian High Commissioner, NZ High Commissioner, Japanese Ambassador, Minister of Tourism, the High Court Judge (a Kiwi in Tonga), school teachers, church leaders, and cultural leaders attended the Exhibition opening.

The exhibition will run from 22 May to 1 June 2012

More about the exhibition

Gregory O’Brien : Beauties of the Octagonal Pool

One of my fellow Kermadec artist, the super talented Greg O’Brien has a show on in Auckland soon.

Beauties of the Octagonal Pool
Feb 13 – March 10, 2012
Jane Sanders ART Agent
Level 1, Blackett’s Building, cnr Shortland and Queen Streets, Auckland. Phone 64-9 358 2625 mobile 027 280 9822

Opening Sunday February 12th at 3 for 3.30 pm – Guest speaker C.K. Stead. Exhibition preview and poetry book launch in association with Auckland University Press

In May last year O’Brien and eight fellow artists were invited by PEW Environment Group to visit the Kermadecs; an area National Geographic describes as “one of the last pristine sites in our oceans”. The experience resonated with O’Brien and the results can be seen in this stunning new suite of paintings and works on paper. These will be accompanied by a suite of original drawings, which feature, alongside O’Brien’s poems, in his new collection. A number of other recent drawings, paintings and etchings of a littoral nature will also be on show.

More info

Kermadec exhibition in Auckland

After a very successful time in Tauranga Art Gallery, the Kermadec exhibition is in the process of being installed in the Voyager New Zealand Maratime Museum exhibition space in Auckland ready to be opened to the public next week.

It is open from the 15th of Feb until the 1st of July. A fantastic opportunity to see the work of some superb NZ artists and learn about one of the most unique places on the planet.

Kermadecs in Auckland

9 artists went to sea,sea, sea!

Well to be more accurate I  should say that “9 artists (including me) will go to sea, sea, sea.”

I am very excited to be able to say that I will be joining 8 of this countries top artists on a voyage of discovery to the Kermadec Islands and then join them in an exhibition in Tauranga Art Gallery in November. The trip is funded by the US based  Pew Environment Group.

I think the best way for me to accurately describe what is going on is to quote from the document produced to promote the trip:

“In May 2011, a group of leading artists from the South Pacific region will travel on HMNZS Otago to a place rarely explored – the seas around the Kermadec Islands.

The “seariders” heading to the Kermadec region are Niuean-born John Pule; painter John Reynolds; inter-media-artist Phil Dadson; leading Australian sculptor/installation artist Fiona Hall; Wellington- based sculptor Elizabeth Thomson; Te Puke-born painter and print maker Robin White; documentary film-maker and photographer Bruce Foster; photographer/artist Jason O’Hara; and writer-artist Gregory O’Brien.In November 2011, an exhibition of the artists’ work – Kermadec – will open at the Tauranga Art Gallery.

The Kermadec Ridge (the undersea formation which includes Raoul Island where the artists will spend two days) is geologically linked with the Tauranga area. The Ridge stretches northwards from the Bay of Plenty, as far as the Tongan Trench. Through shipping, fishing, voyaging, migration, history, mythology, meteorology and geology, the Kermadecs are very much a part of Bay of Plenty reality. This exhibition will enhance these connections in new and illuminating ways.The Kermadec Islands are the most remote part of New Zealand . Despite their historical as well as mythological significance, public awareness of the islands and surrounding waters is slight. The voyage and exhibition aim to change that by documenting a unique, imaginatively-charged encounter with one of the greatest, least known, natural wilderness areas on the planet.”

All I can say is … This is going to be bloody great!

This years whale

Whataitai 2010

WHATAITAI – 2010 Acrylic on canvas with burnt reclaimed hardwood 1015 x 775 – Sold

Another whale to mark another year. This is painted on canvass with a base of reclaimed burnt timber from the house fire illustrated in the painting. Other details represent the capture of great white shark, the local whiskey drinkers club, Ross the ‘cave man’, the tsunami (that almost didn’t happen) and my parents moving into a home. This time the whale is a Southern Right to represent the recent visitor to Breaker Bay.

See it on my website