Mayor Tim Shadbolt with Bluff Hill Salusalu
Mayoral Choice Award - Artist Members Exhibition, Southland Art Society, 2012
(photo: Gwyneth Hyndman/Fairfax NZ)
I am a New Zealand-born artist of Swiss parents, currently based in Invercargill. I have been printmaking for many years and more recently experimenting with paper sculpture. In 1992 I graduated from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art with a Diploma in Fine Arts (honours). My art practice includes woodcuts, monoprints, mixed media and artists books. Occasionally I teach printmaking and bookbinding classes. I have also been commissioned to illustrate books and brochures. For most of my adult life I have worked part-time in the book trade, from Auckland to Zϋrich. My prints and artists books have been exhibited widely in New Zealand and also in Japan and the United States.
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Since returning to NZ in 2010 I have set up a gallery/workshop in Invercargill. I am exploring the surrounds of Southland and produce small limited edition woodcuts that record this environment. The prints often use multiple blocks combined with monoprinting and collage. After two years of living in Vanuatu, recent work also has a Melanesian flavour. I am particularly interested in the styles of the salusalu (a neck garland worn to mark special occasions). In Vanuatu, salusalus are often threaded with croton leaves. To mark my return to New Zealand I am incorporating leaves based on New Zealand natives and introduced species. The leaves are constructed of paper, sculpted, painted, then sealed with shellac.
In 2008 and 2009 I was based in Port Vila, Vanuatu — initially working at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre (National Library and National Museum) and at Olwi School in Blacksands, Port Vila, as an unassigned VSA volunteer. Then in June 2009 I started a rehabilitation pilot programme, working as Art Programme Advisor for Correctional Services at Stade Prison. From April to October 2013 I lived in Timor-Leste where I volunteered, teaching art and mentoring at Gembel Art Collective in Dili.
GALLERIES: Art by the Sea Gallery, Auckland; The Bank Gallery, Invercargill; City Gallery, Invercargill; Gallery De Novo, Dunedin; Lush Design Store, Raumati; Millwood Gallery, Wellington; Portobello Gallery, Otago Peninsula; Vesta Gift & Design Store, Queenstown
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