Her work is renowned for its capacity to push formal and conceptual boundaries and to challenge conventions.
Julia was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1988 and undertook the Moët & Chandon contemporary art residency in Avize, France in 1990. She returned after 10 years to lecture in painting at the University of Canterbury, a position she held until 2007. Her major survey exhibition 2006-07 A loop around a loop: Julia Morison was jointly organised by the Christchurch City Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Julia was made a New Zealand Foundation Art Laureate in 2005 and continues to delight and challenge us through 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.