ARTIS represented artists ( A )
A selection of works is currently available at ARTIS by the following artists
Education: MFA (Installation Art and 3D), RMIT University, Melbourne, 2010. BFA (Sculpture), Elam School of Fine Art, 1990. Masters Membership (Aesthetics & Visual Literacy), Centre for South Pacific Studies, University of New South Wales, 1990.
Battersby trained in Japanese Traditional Bronze Casting and Silver Smithing for five years and was the only woman and the only New Zealander to be accepted for this study.
Battersby has work in a wide range of galleries, including a temple in Kyoto, a gallery in Paris, the Auckland Museum and the James Wallace Collection. She has completed major commissions for international museums and galleries.
Nigel Brown ONZM
Education: BFA, Elam School of Fine Art, 1968-71.
Nigel Brown has been practicing as a full time artist since 1978 and became a member of the New Zealand Medallion Group in mid 1990s. In 2004 he was awarded the OZNM for services to painting and print making.
“I think if you look at my medallion work you’ll see it evolve away from the foundry. This has been influenced by my move to a remote rural situation where some vernacular do it your self voice has been heard. It is also deeper than that again in wanting hand made one off organic rawness rather than industrial repeat editioning associated with manufacture. This is part of my questioning the society I live in, both in terms of values and its propaganda.” — Nigel Brown, 2015
Education: Bachelor of Design, Sculpture (Hons), Unitec, 2001.
Louise Dentice currently lives in East London where she has been based for the last five years. Alongside her marketing career, she is a writer, jeweller and artist. She sculpts, carves and casts pieces using a range of materials, but primarily works with ceramics and bronze.
Medals and coins have always had an appeal for Dentice – she has been a collector since she was young. Becoming a member of MANZ has had a huge influence on her artistic development and she particularly relishes the challenge of working within (and pushing) the parameters of the medal-making genre.
John Edgar ONZM
John Edgar has been a sculptor since 1977. His work investigates human interaction with resources in the modern world, and is internationally recognised for its understanding of the ancient craft of stone working. His public sculptures are in the Auckland Domain, Queen Street, and Waitakere City Civic Centre.
In 2008 he was honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to art. He is actively involved in conservation and environmental projects, and has been the President of The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society for the past thirteen years. He is on the trust board of the Corbans Estate Arts Centre.
Fatu Feu'u ONZM
Fatu Feu’u was born in Western Samoa and currently divides his time between New Zealand and the Island nation.
Feu’u has established an international reputation as the ‘father’ of Pacific Island art in New Zealand. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and has work in collections worldwide.
Feu’u draws on the motifs and iconography of ancient Polynesian art forms such as carving, siapo (bark cloth), tatau (tattoo) and woven work, translating the symbolism into a modern context. He continues to bridge and interweave Pacific and European cultures, celebrating the stories and traditions of his people.
Education: BFA, Elam School of Fine Art 1979-1983.
Melding the inspiration of the rich diversity of European art, history, and culture with her New Zealand roots and the cultures of the Pacific, Marian Fountain uses the female form, plant life and the animal kingdom, often in states of metamorphosis, to explore themes of fertility, womanhood, conflict, change & growth.
In her sculpture and personal medal work Fountain is now orienting towards the biological structure and nature of life and consciousness.
She has lived in Paris since 1991.
Education: BFA (Hons), Elam School of Art, 2008. BA (English Literature), Victoria University of Wellington, 1989.
Fiona Garlick was born in Coventry England, emigrating to New Zealand at the age of 8.
After a 15 year career in film and television, mostly based in London, Garlick moved to Cornwall to study Fine Arts at Falmouth College of Arts. It is here that she made her first medal “The Wave” which won First Prize for the British Art Medal Society Student Award in 2005, and became part of the BAMS collection at the British Museum. Garlick moved back to New Zealand in 2006 and completed her degree at Elam School of Art.
Education: MFA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, 2000. PGDipFA, Elam School of Fine Art, 1996.
“I began making and casting bronze medallions 20 years ago. Being able to touch … the piece has always been as great an attraction to me as the sheer longevity and historicity of the art-form.” — David Guerin
Education: BFA, Alfred University, New York, 1986.
Bill Hayes grew up in New York along the Hudson River.
Upon graduating Hayes began work at the fine art foundry Tallix in Beacon, New York where he worked with artists such as Julian Schnable, Frank Stella, Roy Liechtenstein, Jeff Koons, Mark Kastabi and others.
In 1997 Hayes moved to New Zealand and maintains a studio at the Lake House art centre in Takapuna where he continues to create sculpture in a variety of materials.
Education: BA (Philosophy), University of Auckland.
Samantha Lissette’s work is found in public and private collections across New Zealand.
Lissette became a member of MANZ in 2000 and exhibits regularly with FIDEM. She has received public and corporate commissions for her work, most notably for Auckland City Council to Guangzhou, China, Auckland Botanic Gardens and The University of Auckland. She works extensively in all scales of the bronze medium, from the monument to the miniature.
Education: BFA (Sculpture), Elam School of Fine Art.
Massey’s love of bronze casting began whilst studying at Ilam, Canterbury University. Professor Beadle later introduced Massey to the medal art form at Elam, Auckland University. She is a founding member of the MANZ group.
Having lived, worked and exhibited in Australia, USA, England and NZ, her works are to be found in many private collections. Massey considers all her work to be drawings in process. They are random yet repetitive in nature.
Education: Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland 1980-85.
Richard Mathieson studied sculpture under Greer Twiss and Christine Hellyar at Elam School of Fine Arts and became a member of the New Zealand Medallion Group in 1999.
Over the last twenty years he has exhibited widely in New Zealand dealer and public galleries; and has undertaken a number of large-scale commissions for public spaces in Auckland, including Auckland Botanic Gardens, Orewa College and the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail.
A self-taught painter, McIntyre has been a full-time artist since 1980, and is well-known for her realist works in which she creates ambiguous, often surreal, narratives.
One of New Zealand’s foremost realist, figurative painters, she has a reputation for producing works that defy political correctness and usually contain barbed humour or shafts of discomfort.
Education: Elam School of Fine Arts, 1987.
Neil Miller was born in County Durham, England, emigrating to New Zealand in his early teens.
Miller trained under sculptor Greer Twiss at the Elam School of Fine Art. Since graduating he has made and exhibited studio sculpture, taught and undertaken a number of major public art and private commissions in New Zealand and overseas. His work is represented in many major New Zealand collections.
Miller works in a variety of mediums including water colour painting and metal sculpture. His art often references systems and codes of communication, and depicts concepts of duality.
Education: BVA (Sculpture), University of Auckland, 2004
An accomplished sculptor, Juliette Milne has a rich history of academic artistic training. In 1972 she gained a Diploma of Graphic Arts at Auckland Technical Institute; and later a Certificate of Visual Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology in 2001. She has subsequently completed a BVA, majoring in sculpture.
“I focused much of my university research on the accomplishments of women, I was drawn to work in bronze with its historical connotations of commemoration and immortality. Each of my works within this concept carries the embossed texture of a thread of lace like a ‘finger print’, acknowledging my European ancestry.” — Juliette Milne
Painter and printmaker Stanley Palmer has been exhibiting since 1958 and has worked as a full-time artist since 1969. Well-known for his bamboo engravings of the 1960s and the signature fractured pictorial space of his early work, Palmer has always experimented with his production techniques, driven by an abiding interest in the internal logic and process of art-making.
Palmer uses the medallion as an extension of the imagery he uses in his prints and paintings. He has been a member of the MANZ since 1990.
Education: MFA (Printmaking), University of Canterbury.
Michael Reed works mainly with print media and within the long tradition of printmaking as a vehicle for social and political comment. The versatility of print provides him with the opportunity to mix old and new media and materials in a variety of formats and scales, both traditional and non-traditional.
Reed has designed a Distinguished Alumni Award for the University of Canterbury, and a Human Rights Defender Award for Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.His medallions are held in private collections and the collections of the Het Koninklijk Penningkabinet, Rijksmuseum, and The British Museum, London.
Education: DipFA (Hons., Sculpture), Elam School of Fine Arts, 1968.
Marte Szirmay was born in Budapest, Hungary and has lived in Auckland since 1957. Since 1970 she has staged 38 solo exhibitions, completed 27 public commissions and participated in numerous National and International group exhibitions. Her work is represented in private and public collections in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Canada and U.S.A.
During the past 40 years Szirmay has investigated a variety of materials and processes continually seeking the most appropriate manifestation of her ideas. She believes art-making is about creating a language of signs and symbols that transcend regional, cultural and social limitations.
Education: BA (Cum Laude, Studio Art), University of North Carolina.
Jim Wheeler grew up in North Carolina, USA. He studied Art and Biology, graduating with a BA in Studio Art. A renaissance style apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, New Jersey in the techniques of sculpture provided Wheeler with the skills to immigrate to New Zealand in 1981. Here he helped set up a bronze sculpture foundry called Art Works Studio, which kick started an art industry.
Exhibiting since 1979, Wheeler has had many solo and group exhibitions in NZ and internationally. His work is held in The British Museum, The Auckland Museum and The Weatherspoon Art Museum (USA), The James Wallace Trust and Zealandia Sculpture Gardens.