Modern People

Curator: 

Jaenine Parkinson

Artist: 

Various

Location: 

New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata

Start date: 

25 March 2019

End date: 

9 June 2019

Hours of admission: 

10.30 - 4.30

Cost of admission: 

Free

Image: Rudolf Boelee, Robyn Hyde (2007), acrylic on hessian board. NZPG collection.

Artists in Aotearoa New Zealand have increasingly used different styles of representation to enable expression and communication about their subjects beyond physical likeness. Some of these styles are absorbed from international trends such as cubism and pop art, others convey meaning that express local cultures.

This collection of homegrown examples shows some of the various creative and stylistic techniques employed by New Zealand portrait artists, including synthetic colouring, minimal detail, expressive lines, symbolism and surrealism, fractured compositions and collage.