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. 

PETER MILLER
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."

EMMA BASS
Spirit of Eden

UPCOMING EXHIBITION
10 February - 3 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.

Spirit of Eden brings together works that challenge the distinction between the natural and the artificial. In her Floral Portraits, Emma’s fresh floral compositions include creatures at various stages of their life cycle; these works invite us to contemplate lifespan in terms of mortality and regeneration. In contrast, the Interrupted Eden works present artificial flowers in a range of beautiful New Zealand settings. These works question the sustainability of the market for single use cut flowers vs. the longer life cycle of man-made flowers, and whether both affect us in similar ways.

Bass says “These works in combination challenge us in slightly different ways, with the question of whether beauty is illusionary, what constitutes a sustainable existence and what is natural and what is man made in the anthropocene? I am always interested in exploring our mortality and the ephemeral within this complex world we both inhabit and create”

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.

JOHN LANCASHIRE
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."

JO BLOGG
Anniversaries

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.

JOHN BOYD-DUNLOP
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.

GARETH BARLOW
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
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.

ISAAC PETERSEN
'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
'Sunflowers'

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

JOHNNY ROMEO
'RISE'

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.

EMMA BASS
'Love'

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”