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


Paul Hartigan Exhibition

Paul Hartigan Exhibition

Click for big version.

Paul Hartigan (b. 1953)

Contemporary artist Paul Hartigan is recognized for his arresting large-scale public neon commissions. His dramatic orange monochrome Colony at the Faculty of Engineering on Symonds St won Best Public Sculpture Metro Awards in 2006. He attended Elam School of fine Art 1971-73 with teachers Colin McCahon, Robert Ellis and Garth Tapper.

“Newmarket was ablaze with neon advertising when I first visited Auckland during the summer of 1968 – I was completely captivated… I wanted to paint with light”

Known for creating unique neon artworks that bridge the gap between sculpture and lighting design, Hartigan also produces for exhibition related paintings, photographs and fine art prints from his Grey Lynn studio.

“Light and illumination are key elements in all that I do – Light is my artistic manifesto, my raison d’etre ¬“

With a career spanning over forty years, his artistic roots can be traced back to the forerunners of the American and British Pop movement. Hartigan’s progressive attitude, quirky sense of humour and mastery of an assorted range of media ensure that he continues to hold a central place in the New Zealand art scene.

“As a young artist I moved quickly from Picasso to Warhol, then onto Flavin and Indiana who used fluorescent and neon light to make art!”

His current work continues to push boundaries and challenge conceptions of both society and self in a visually arresting and timeless fashion. Paul Hartigan remains one of New Zealand’s most intriguing and inspirational artists.

“I like to mix things up, combine the unexpected – putting together the classical and the contemporary, matching and linking to create a brand new context – that’s what I do well, it’s exciting!

Paul Hartigan is represented in public and private collections throughout New Zealand including Te Papa Tongarewa, The Hocken and National Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Govett-Brewster and Sarjeant Art Gallery, The Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news