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Ron Left at his exhibition opening at ARTIS Gallery. Image courtesy of Artsdiary

After many years of involvement in Art and Design at AUT, and completing a PhD in 2016, Ron Left has returned to full-time painting.

Following a succession of exhibitions at Petar James Gallery, Gallery Data and Artis Gallery in the 1970s and 80s, he focussed on collaborative and group shows in NZ and Australia. These recent works explore new ways of re-inventing abstraction, including the use of photographic images. Ron has recently built a large studio and workshop overlooking the Manukau Harbour.


2019 – Shadow Series, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland

2016 – Painting and Time: The dynamic of the actual and the virtual, Exegesis for doctoral project
2008 – A Common Place Book. A collaborative artists book published by AUT / RMIT and launched in conjunction with exhibitions at Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne and St Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland – July 2008
2006 – REDMOND LEFT FRANKOVICH, published by Project Space/ Spare Room for RMIT University. Text by Aaron Kriesler. Catalogue for REDMOND LEFT FRANKOVICH, Project Space/Spare Room, RMIT, University, Melbourne, Australia
2004 – Vacancy (edited Ron Left and Monique Redmond), Essays by Stella Brennan, David Cross (Massey Fine Arts, Wellington), Mark Kirby (Assoc Head of School, Visual Arts, MIT, Auckland) Published by School of Art & Design, AUT
2003 – Vuletic and his Circle, catalogue essays by Edward Hanfling (Lecturer in Art History/Theory, Quay School of Arts, Wanganui), and Alan Wright (Senior Lecturer Dept Art History, University of Auckland). Ron Left work ‘Tondo No7 (Dark Tondo)’ included in catalogue and reproduced on cover of catalogue.
1999 – The Music Box, catalogue essay by Damian Skinner for exhibition at Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland
1995 – Stenopaeics, Statement in catalogue for the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
1985 – At Home in this World : The Paintings of Ron Left, Leonard Bell, Art New Zealand


2016 – PhD completed February 2016, graduated July 2016 Topic: Painting and Time: The dynamic of the actual and the virtual
2005 – MA Art & Design (1st Class Honours), AUT
1973 – Teaching Diploma in Art and Art History, Christchurch Secondary Teachers College
1971 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Auckland


2019 – Shadow Series, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2016 – Doctoral thesis exhibition at St Paul ST Gallery 1, February 2016
2005 – MA thesis exhibition Nov/Dec, AUT
2004 – Vacancy, Te Tuhi, Pakuranga, Auckland
1997 – Ladders, Drawings Gallery, Auckland
1996 – Drawings Gallery, Three Dimensional Drawings, Auckland
1993 – Survey of Painting and Sculpture 1975-1992, Brooker Gallery, Wellington
1992 – Hand-made Cameras and Photographs, Brooker Gallery, Wellington
1990 – Unfurling, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1989 – Steel Sculptures, Paintskin’ Series, Artis Gallery, Auckland
Ron Left – survey 1976-1989, Centre for Contemporary Art, Hamilton
1987 – Aluminium Fold and Channel series, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1986 – Aluminium Fold series, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1985 – Axial series, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1983 – Square Shift series, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1981 – Equipoise series, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1980 – Lacuna series, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1978 – Painting/Structures, Gallery DATA, Auckland
1977 – Ron Left – Paintings, Gallery DATA, Auckland
1976 – Tondo series, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1973 – Ron Left, CSA Gallery, Christchurch


2016 – Painting: A Transitive Space, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
2014 – The Abstraction Practice, Artis Gallery, Auckland,
2008 – ATTRIUM PROJECT, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne
St Paul St Gallery, AUT
2006 – REDMOND LEFT FRANKOVICH, Project Space Gallery and Spare Room, RMIT, Melbourne (with Monique Redmond and Alicia Frankovich)
2005 – Waikato Art Award Exhibition, Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton
2004 – Vacancy Project, Te Tuhi Gallery
2003 – Vuletic and his Circle, Gus Fisher gallery, University of Auckland
Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui,
2003 – MA student exhibition, X Space Gallery, AUT, Auckland
2002 Drawings, X Space Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
Work 4, X Space Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
2001 – Abstraction, Te Wa, Wanganui
North Shore Artists, Northart Gallery, Auckland
2000 – 2 works in CD cases for AUT, School of Art & Design exhibition in Shanghai
1999 – The Music Box, Lopdell House Gallery, with Miriam Van Wezel & (Jonathan Besser – composer)
100 x 100 x 100 ( 6 small paintings ), McPherson Gallery, Auckland
1998 – 100 x 100 x 100 ( 8 small paintings ), Drawings Gallery, Auckland
1997 – Re-vision, AIT Tutors show, ASA Gallery, Auckland
100 x 100 x 100, Drawings Gallery
1995 – AIT Tutors Show, ASA Gallery, Auckland
100 x 100 x 100, Drawings Gallery, Auckland
1995-6 – Stenopaeics – Exhibition of Australian/NZ artists using hand made cameras, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
1995 – 100 x 100 x 100, Drawings Gallery, Auckland
ASA Tutors Show, ASA Gallery, Auckland
1994 – ASA Tutors Show, ASA Gallery, Auckland
1989 – Opening Show, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1988 – Montana Lindauer Award, ASA Gallery, Auckland
Bare Walls, CSA Gallery, Christchurch
Group Show, Artis Gallery, Auckland
1983 – Group Show, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1982 – Group Show, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1981 – Group Show, Petar/James Gallery, Auckland
1978 – Group Show, Gallery DATA, Auckland
Auckland Painters, Auckland City Art Gallery
1977 – Group Show, Gallery DATA, Auckland
Pakuranga Art Award, Fisher Gallery, Auckland
1971 – Three Painters, Spiral Gallery, Auckland