Art Exhibitions

Browse this page to find out more about the art exhibitions currently open for viewing at our gallery.

Our art exhibitions usually showcase new work from contemporary New Zealand artists and selected international artists. 

Group Show

25 August - 25 September, 2023
Opening Friday, 25th August, 5-7pm

Featuring Works by FRIDOM, Richard Boyd-Dunlop, Tim Christie, and more.

Boyd-Dunlop Gallery hosts an exhibition exploring the way in which art can enhance commercial spaces. These works aim to inspire, uplift and stimulate creativity in both visitors and those within the realm of business. Colour is known to stimulate mood, productivity and wellbeing, and has immense potential to entirely alter the look and feel of a commercial space. In this exhibition we explore how artworks can transform spaces and function in more than just home environments.

Rubber Soul

30 June - 8 August, 2023

Boyd-Dunlop Gallery proudly presents 'Rubber Soul', a retrospective exhibition of Mambo sketches, prints and posters from the hyperactive imagination of New Zealand born artist Jim Mitchell.

100% Mambo launched in Redfern, Australia in 1984 and owed much of it’s success to a group of independent artists who helped translate the passion for surf, art, music and humour into wearable products beloved by many, and still coveted by millennials and centennials raiding their Dads wardrobes. One such artist was Jim Mitchell.

The exhibition will consist of highly sought after and never before exhibited works to purchase from Jim Mitchell's personal collection. The collection includes Jim's entire set of original poster art, painted between 1994 and 2000. Securing the poster brief for each collection was considered the most prestigious commission and the artistic competition stepped up accordingly.

A number of the artworks featured in this exhibition are working drawings, which were step one of a creative process for art to be approved for a graphic story or range, and find its way onto a t-shirt, loud shirt, swing tag or poster. A core group of artists were invited to contribute ideas to each range, this method of sourcing art had the effect of creating intense competition between the artists, with the ultimate effect of extracting the most original, collectable and controversial artworks. These visuals were created before photoshop was widely used, so include literal cut and paste (tape) as Jim tweaked his layouts. Pantone swatches and coffee stains are bonus extras.

Also featuring in the exhibition are limited edition screenprints of iconic works and new release limited edition digital prints, as well as special one off print proofs for t-shirts. This is an exhibition which Mambo fans, art appreciators, bussing artists and collectors will not want to miss.

Cyclone Relief Exhibition

25 March - 10 April, 2023

The Boyd-Dunlop Gallery is hosting a cyclone relief exhibition, with the exhibition running from the 25th of March until the 10th of April. In addition to raising funds for the cyclone relief, the exhibition aims to create an atmosphere where visitors can find solace and healing. It offers a space to contemplate and begin the process of collective healing and seek a way forward.

The exhibition features works from renowned artists from both inside and outside the region who have shown support for the initiative by sending in their contributions. The exhibition is aimed at bringing together the arts community in a show of solidarity and support. Offering an opportunity for the arts community to share love and support as a collective while beginning to ponder next steps.

As part of the Boyd-Dunlop Gallery's commitment to aiding those affected by the cyclone, we have pledged to donate a minimum of 10% of the proceeds from each art sale to the Waiohiki Arts Community Trust. We have also extended an invitation to local artists to participate in the exhibition, some of whom were affected by the cyclone, losing their homes and studios. For these individuals, proceeds from the sale of their works will be directed to them.

This is an opportunity for the arts community to get together, share aroha, support each other, and begin to ask the question where to from here?

Fane Flaws
'Blue Elvis' A Tribute Show

10 - 31 March 2023

The iconic artist Fane Flaws died in 2021, leaving a legacy of prodigious artistic output and a bevy of bereft fans. The 'Blue Elvis' tribute exhibition at Arcade Gallery will include selected artworks including painting, sculpture, and screenprints by the late Fane Flaws courtesy of the Fane Flaws Estate and Boyd-Dunlop Gallery.

The gallery tribute will coincide with the MTG exhibition, Making a Mark: The Work of Fane Flaws celebrates Fane’s unerring commitment to creativity that lifts us out of the humdrum and recognises that whatever he was making, be it television commercials, books for kids, music videos or songs, Fane’s work radiated a spirit that was much bigger than any of it.

Napier based artist Fane Flaws is one of New Zealand's most idiosyncratic and eclectic artists. He is widely known for his quirky, surrealistic work as a visual artist, although his career spanned a huge range of media including graphic design, painting, video and music.

Flaws started painting when taking a break from music on Waiheke Island in the late seventies. He went on to develop a huge body of work and a recognisable style that reflected his vibrant, energetic personality. He was often excited about new projects, and new collaborations. He seemed to channel constant creative energy.

After his passing in 2021 Flaws was recognised as having had a considerable impact on New Zealand cultural history. He exhibited throughout New Zealand in various one person and group shows since 1984, and held over 40 awards for his directorial work in film, music video and television, and his work is represented in private collections within New Zealand.

Some text adapted from the MTG website and Toni McKinnon in the HB Today

Spirit of Eden

10 February - 15 March, 202

Spirit of Eden is an exhibition presenting a suite of Emma Bass’ classic Floral Portraits in dialogue with selections from her more recent series, Interrupted Eden.

The Spirit of Eden exhibition by artist Emma Bass at Boyd Dunlop Gallery aims to soothe the soul and lift the spirits while also making a positive impact in the world. The exhibition uses flowers and the interplay of natural and man-made phenomena to highlight the transformative power of beauty. Through her artwork, Bass has created a serene and calming environment that reminds us of the healing power of art, colour, nature and the rhythmic cycles of decay and regeneration. 

Research has demonstrated that flowers have the ability to soothe our souls and enhance our overall well-being. Scientific studies have shown that simply being around flowers increases positive emotions, reduces stress, improves overall mood and may promote healing; flowers are the universal symbols of hope and love. Emma’s work is vibrant, poignant and a witness to the temporality of human existence.  Through her art, Bass has created a grounded sense of optimism and hope that is calming and uplifting.

As a reminder of the power of art and its ability to make a positive impact on the world, the exhibition provides an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate beauty while also contributing to a worthy cause. Many New Zealanders are currently suffering and enduring in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle. By supporting this exhibition and work you will also be contributing to our country’s cyclone relief efforts.

Reasons to be Cheerful

20 January - 8 February, 2023

Peter Miller can perhaps best be classified as a contemporary still life painter, although he also often works outside of that genre, incorporating narrative based and large portrait work (the latter of the two having become a strong passion for him).

In his still life work he tends to play with old and damaged objects that convey a sense of story and show the signs of time passing whilst also looking for and painting simple objects, objects that he sees a beauty in that may be missed by others, and through painting magnifying their beauty, in a sense placing them under a spotlight for the viewers awareness.

"My work had it's origins in the Dutch Vanitas paintings of the 16/17th century, the period during and following the boom time in the tulip trade in the Nederland. It has changed a lot over time, but I am still probably currently best known as a still life painter. The Vanitas influence is still there but not often obvious, except perhaps to myself. Over time I have brought the human figure into my work more and more, as a potential carrier of a stronger narrative. And now portrait work has taken my interest also, the challenge of trying to capture the essence of a person and personality."

Allen Maddox
Selected Paper Works

5 Dec 2022 - 17 Jan 2023

‘Selected Paper Works’ is an exhibition showcasing never before seen paintings by prominent abstract expressionist Allen Maddox.

Allen Maddox’s career spans over three decades; he is one of New Zealand’s most recognised abstract expressionists. Less inspired and more charged by counter culture, he has been referred to as New Zealand’s equivalent to Jackson Pollock.

This show, viewable at Ahuriri Contemporary in the Boyd-Dunlop Arts Precinct, tames this completely distinctive medium of chaos into a curated exhibition of framed paper works, showcasing the emotional vivids and gesturalism. Maddox’s obsessively recurring ‘X’ improvised in each spontaneous work has become his identifier, which has been interpreted in a manner of ways over the years.

Further Afield

11 November - 8 December, 2022

Images of cut flowers in vessels are rendered with loose, gestural brush strokes in contrasting warm and cool colours. John Lancashire (also known as the Monday Painter) has built a loyal and ever growing collector base for his distinctive style, painterly approach and often sentimental and romantic compositions

Lancashire has twice been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Painting Award, 2015 and 2019.

"My aim is to explore the possibilities of painting through a select collection of subject matter. My work is generally 'local' ie: a reflection of where I am physically and holistically: a communique to the collective."


17 October - 8 November, 2022

Jo’s body of work exemplifies her self confessed compulsive and obsessive character. She is a colourist and a master of painstaking repetitive patterns which can be composed on anything from a canvas to an unlikely found object. She often works in multiples and the number one hundred appears time and again in her catalogue raisonné.

Angels of Nature

2 September - 20 September, 2022

Boyd-Dunlop Gallery art is pleased to present a selection of recent works by John Boyd-Dunlop. These new paper works feature portraits of women, birds and other animals. There is a multiplicity of meaning in these works drawn from both John's personal experiences and his unique view and visual narrative.

Somewhere In-Between

12 August - 2 September, 2022

My work often explores the spiritual concepts of two different cultures. Influenced by an Irish Catholic upbringing, although my parents encouraged a more liberal view on religion and left me to discover my own spiritual journey, and an environment blessed to be heavily influenced by Tangata Whenua and their culture.

It’s the people I meet and the stories they tell that compels me to create art. Connections through the land and distant whakapapa. Exploring ideas on polytheism and the dimensions ruled by these Gods. How they influence and encourage my world. How energy permeates and guides my work and challenges many aspects of my own Catholic upbringing.

I sometimes feel that on anyone’s art journey, if you don’t have more questions than answers, perhaps you’re not on the right path. This is especially true when your journey involves exploring the principles and philosophies of different cultures. Suddenly my perceptions of what may lie ahead now has leverage from many dimensions. And I find my beliefs happily resting in a place somewhere in-between.

Ercan Cairns Solo Exhibition

15th July - 5th August, 2022

The Exhibition will feature recent paintings from Auckland emerging painter Ercan Cairns.

Ercan Cairns is young and inspiring. His creative process is incredibly intuitive with freedom, energy and focus. He is influenced by American Abstract artists and adopts as they do, he does. The marks and forms are made from the movement of the whole body and emotion of the subconscious allowing the paint to flow on the surface. Forms being the idea of body and soul.

'Beneath The Sunshine'

19th May - 12th June, 2022

'My work is a culmination of stories from my life, my home, and the places I have been. Since I can remember the ocean and rugged landscape of where I grew up in New Zealand have inspired me to paint landscapes and the sea. These paintings kick-started my career as an artist in my early twenties.'

'Since travel being a part of my adult life, my paintings expanded to capture the ‘story” of places abroad in the last few years. I began painting my wife, Erika, as a figure to add depth and connection to a beautiful surrounding, often water.'

These paintings depict places and scenes which evoke positive feelings and radiate beauty.  Serene utopias in which the viewer can become immersed. 

Patrick Tyman

25th April - 16th May, 2022

As meditative as they are exhilarating, Patrick Tyman’s works are a real visual treat for the eyes. Often portraying bold florals amidst a dream like landscape, Patrick takes the native flora and fauna of New Zealand and the vibrant colours of the South Pacific as his muse. 

Richard Wood
Between Worlds

18th March - 8th April 2022

Photography, once often used as a medium to take us to places we weren’t or could not be, now forms a foundation where the work can now be pushed far further to take the viewer far, far into the mind of the artist.

Richard Wood uses photography as a foundation to create characters and worlds derived from a deep exploration into the artist's mind. His works are often full of direct narrative yet also allegory. As you stand in front of the art, you stand at the window to Richard's imagination. You witness something that doesn’t exist, but does. You stand Between Worlds.

The addition of augmented reality allows Richard to push his creations even closer to the virtual reality that exists in the created environments in the artist's mind. Within these environments you meet the divine characters that are Richard Wood's personification of a world you exist in.

Available Artwork

Freeman White
Small Works

17th Feb - 10th March 2022

Freeman White’s latest exhibition allows significant insight into the creative process of the award winning artist.⁠

This exhibition invites the viewer to experience the evolution of Freeman’s artistic approach, highlighting the techniques employed and connections felt both to the traditions of Plein Air painting and the land and sea of Aotearoa.⁠

Freeman utilises the technique of Plein Air, the act of painting outdoors, and subsequently Alla Prima, wet-on-wet painting, allowing a spontaneous yet knowledgeable command over this collection of smaller scale compositions.⁠

"Some of my favourite paintings are those where ideas are worked out in real time, straight into the wet paint. There is something magical about a small painting that is not overworked, allowing the viewer an insight into the artist's creative mind."⁠
Freeman White, 2022⁠


October 8 - 29, 2021

Internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo makes his captivating show debut in Napier, New Zealand with his mini-survey RISE. The series, which will hang during the highly celebrated Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival, consists of iconic paintings by Australia’s King of Pop that have been expertly hand-selected by the artist alongside Boyd-Dunlop Gallery. A glorious fusion of explosive colour arrangements, slick Pop culture iconography, Surrealist humour and sharp social commentary, Romeo’s inimitable Kitsch Pop style is a vibrant sugar rush that pushes Pop Art to thrilling new heights. RISE celebrates the fun-loving, world-shaking power of art and Pop culture, and offers audiences an electrifying glimpse into the warped, Technicolour mind of one of the world’s leading culture jammers.

Since bursting on to the Australian commercial art scene in the mid-2000s, Johnny Romeo has become a major voice in contemporary Pop Art, amazing audiences across the globe with his neon-drenched reinterpretations of classic celebrities, cartoon heroes and rebellious rockstars. Featuring latter period works masterfully handpicked from Australian and international collections, RISE bursts at the seams with the kind of bold imagery, vivacious colour palettes and cheeky wordplay that have made the artist the highly sought-after Kitsch Pop juggernaut he is known as today. Romeo’s boisterous and unapologetically Pop stylings play with our understandings of celebrity culture and nostalgia, while embodying the liberating way in which Pop culture allows us to see the world in a new light and transcend the hum drum banality of everyday life.

Walk of Wonders
Baptism of Pink

Opening Saturday 7th August 3-5pm, 2021

Artists have responded to a simple brief: Explore the colour pink and the feelings it evokes, be playful, free, and experimental in your approach. Curated by Philly Nicholson, A Baptism of Pink is a microorganism of creativity within the wider Walk of Wonders experience.⁠

We have invited John Lancashire, Brad Donovan, Richard Boyd Dunlop, Philly Nicholson, Lee Warren and Hayden Burgess to have creative freedom on identical 1800 x 1800 mm circular boards. Expect a mixture of playful, whimsical and abstract visual expressions.⁠

Bernard Winkels
'Cherry On Top'

16th April - 7th May 2021

These latest works By Bernard Winkels are about creating a dialogue between the artist and the viewer,  making connections to this land here in Aotearoa during these chaotic times. Bernard creates conversations utilizing the everyday; current affairs, social media, personal experiences and the human condition which is our daily habit ( daily bread) in a search for sense in this 21st century.

Bernard Winkels goes through his processes and practices of creating work on a day to day basis in this very contemporary world, where everything has changed across the globe as we know it.  As we adjust to these very radical changes we escape back into the everydayness of the tried and trusted tokens, signs, labels, brands, info, notions, notes, and plethora of stuff of our newfound unique consumerism as opposed to others in this world right now.  Are we really concerned with the bigger picture or are we content that we can still consume here in this very special chunk of dirt at this point in time and history of the world?  What am I supposed to be doing with my life?  Do I have enough flour and toilet paper?  Am I alright Jack?

As we go about our everyday we happily rely on others to be our sentinel as we settle back into our complacency.

This work is an attempt at trying to convey a message through past, present, and future where the art and viewer are placed.  Bernard reacts abruptly at times in a survey of his surroundings in a vernacular to present a dialect for the masses. Throughout the seriousness, there is a playful sense of fun that emanates through his works seen in his use of clour and application of surreal imagery.


14th February - 9th of March 2021

‘LOVE’ – floral portraits by Auckland-based artist Emma Bass opens, appropriately, onValentine’s Day at Napier gallery Boyd Dunlop. In her first Napier exhibition, the show features a broad sample of Bass’ floral ouvre. These photographic works are animated by a spirit of love in its many expressions; love as passion, as care, as commitment, as beauty. As a former nurse, the artist has seen the difference love makes in people’s lives and she views love as constituting both emotional and practical aspects; we experience love, but we also practice love through care for self and others.

She says “Flowers have been employed to represent our ideas and emotions as far back as we can trace our artistic heritage. Eastern or Western, flowers are one of the most universal forms of beauty. They are tokens of love, a natural expression of the environment. What’s more, flowers are scientifically proven to improve both mental and physical well-being. Everywhere in the world, flowers are cherished in some form”