She has made a significant contribution to the visual arts in New Zealand.
Born in Christchurch, she emerged as an artist in the 80s – an era of conspicuous consumption when sustainability and environmental awareness were in the consciousness of just a few.
Growing up she was surrounded by the ‘joy of making’ and from an early age she was drawing and making things from craft materials. In 1978 she graduated from Wellington Polytechnic with a diploma in Visual Communication and Design before going on to gain a Diploma in Teaching.
Judy returned to her art through selling domestic objects made from items collected from markets and second hand shops. These first assemblages brought together the made and found objects into what she has described as ‘shrines’.
Judy is renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages of found objects, recycled items, industrial materials, collage, photography, video, and poster art.
Collecting is an integral part of her work as she investigates the relationship between objects and their surroundings. She makes new from the old and provides objects with a fresh significance or value. She has found the uneven line between high and low brow culture and arts and crafts. In a career that spans 30 years, Judy has gone on a continuous trajectory of creativity applying a fresh lens to a huge variety of mediums. She is widely exhibited in New Zealand and in 2004 the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa featured a major retrospective of her work.
Mervyn dedicated his life to being both an artist and a communicator; bringing art close to people. He was of a generation that wanted to cast off colonialism and discover a way to see the world and interpret its character from a South Pacific perspective.
Gordon’s iconic, and at times controversial, contribution to New Zealand culture is largely due to his synthesis of Māori and European symbols through geometric abstraction.
Guy Ngan is described as one of New Zealand’s most prolific artists, with many large-scale public artworks located throughout the country.