Born in Timaru in 1945, Good studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch from 1963 – 1965 before moving to Auckland.
During the 1970s, he was one of a group of abstract artists, which included Milan Mrkusich, Phillip O’Sullivan, Ian Scott, Geoff Thornley and Gordon Walters. Spurred on by their far sighted dealer Peter Vuletic, this group rejected more popular local subjects and styles and aspired to the difficult standards of international modernism. Good was subsequently part of the artist collective that established Gallery DATA in 1977 – a gallery that was also devoted to abstract painting.
An enduring feature of Roy Good’s art is his use of shaped supports: multiple canvases or boards arranged to form a shape other than the conventional rectangle or, most often, a single canvas on a shaped stretcher. One of the first exponents of shaped canvases in New Zealand, a practice strongly associated with American abstraction of the 1960s, Good has employed shaped supports since the early 1970s.
Born in Auckland in 1944, Parker studied at Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch and graduated with Honours in painting in 1967. Highly regarded by collectors nationally and internationally, JS Parker is best known for his large impasto paintings within a grid format, full of texture, rhythm and balance within his imposed framework, exploring juxtapositions of colour. Parker works in thick layers of paint applied with a palette knife, which he may pare back to reveal hints of what lies beneath.
For Parker, it is the sense of an inner radiance in his paintings which allows the viewer to relate to the ‘spirit’ of the painting. He has always had a spiritual basis to his work and his ‘Plain Song’ series of paintings reference the plains of Canterbury and of Marlborough where he lives today.