Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


The Chocolate Factory in Auckland’s CBD

The Chocolate Factory in Auckland’s CBD

The resemblance between the world-famous Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and the Wallace Trust Gallery in Auckland may not be immediately obvious, but art-hungry gallery visitors will shortly agree they have something in common. An intense odour of microwaved chocolate bars is an ingredient in an exciting project a young Auckland artist Ryuzo Nishida has recently embarked up on.

Nishida is a fourth-year student at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and he will be working in the Wallace Trust Gallery from 3 – 7 August as a part of the Adam Portraiture Exhibition 2004. The gallery visitors will have an opportunity to observe the chocolate cat portrait being created as well as 40 selected painted portraits of New Zealanders.

Having completed a portrait of the Speaker of Parliament in painted stones, Nishida has decided his next subject will be his lost pussy cat. “I like using materials that are kind of linked with the subject,” Nishida said. “And because I liked my cat and I like chocolate, I chose it as a medium.”

Influenced by a controversial London artist Damien Hirst, Nishida’s chocolate cat will be the first of his Ant-I-Pop series. “In my work, I’m trying to challenge the viewer to confront complex issues around sex, violence, consumerism, mass media and the family,” Nishida said.

Ryuzo belongs to a cluster of young Asian Aucklanders who have prompted a gradual transformation of the New Zealand art scene. They have created a trendy and unique subculture, a hybrid of traditional Asian and New Zealand motives.

“Ryuzo’s work expresses a cultural collision, the feeling of being neither inside, nor outside,” Noel Ivanoff, Ryuzo’s tutor and the Head of Fine Arts at the Whitecliffe College said.

Adam Portraiture Exhibition 2004 is a biennial event organised by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The 40 best portraits were selected for an exhibition in the Wallace Trust Gallery in Auckland from 3 – 21 August. 18 of these were created by Auckland artists.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Ockhams: Pip Adam Wins Premier Book Award

A novel which judges say ‘will bring readers back from the dead’ has won the 2018 $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the country’s premier book awards. More>>


Voyager Award Winner: “Sempy’s Xmas”

Congratulations to Kent Blechynden, who won a Voyager Media Award for this photo essay, published on Scoop in December.

Michael “Semp” Semple is an old school punk rocker from New Plymouth who is on the methadone programme... On Christmas day he thought he would be alone but two of his mates, “Mikey” and “Stacey”, turned up for some banter. More>>


Auckland & Christchurch: Bob Dylan Returns To NZ

The cross-generational icon will take in Auckland’s Spark Arena on Sunday 26th August and Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena on Tuesday 28th August. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Who Killed Jane?

This is an important book. Why? Because any publication that soberly and sensibly attempts to cast light on an unsolved murder is important, for the very real reasons that not only do the bereaved require and deserve a sense of closure, but that the murderer or murderers may be closer to being confirmed, arrested, tried. More>>

Comedy Fest: A Tasty Programme

2018 NZ INTERNATIONAL 26 APRIL – 20 MAY This April and May the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, hits Auckland and Wellington with one of the tastiest comedy line-ups of its 26-year-old history!... More>>


Max Rashbrooke Review: Ravishing Berlioz And Ravel

In this engaging, French-inflected performance, full of strengths, perhaps the standout was the mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke. Wellington has been visited by a few high profile singers recently, notably Anne Sofie von Otter, but few have impressed me as much ... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland