Despite New Zealand being such a young country, our Arts culture has managed to make a strong impression on the world stage. We have a lot of New Zealand artists exhibited in collections in London and we can guide you to some over the next months. You can see a few of our well-known artists in the Tate Collection. Tate is an institution that houses the United Kingdom’s national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art. Here is a list of some of the artists you can keep an eye out for at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London as they are part of the Tate Collection.
Bill Culbert, 1935
Bill Culbert is a significant New Zealand artist, notable for his use of light in painting, photography, sculpture and installation work, as well as his use of found and recycled materials. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1960
Frances Hodgkins, 1869 – 1947
Frances Mary Hodgkins was a painter chiefly of landscape and still life, and for a short period was a designer of textiles. She was born in New Zealand, but spent most of her working life in Britain.
Alexis Hunter, 1948 – 2014
Alexis Hunter was a contemporary New Zealand painter and photographer, who used feminist theory in her work. She lived in London.
Sir David Low, 1891 – 1963
Sir David Alexander Cecil Low was a New Zealand political cartoonist and caricaturist. He was self-taught. Born in New Zealand, he made his career and earned fame for his Colonel Blimp depictions and his merciless satirising of the personalities and policies of German dictator Adolf Hitler, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and other leaders of his times.
Eileen Mayo, 1906 – 1994
Dame Eileen Rosemary Mayo DBE was an English-born artist and designer who worked in England, Australia and New Zealand in almost every available medium — drawings, woodcuts, lithographs on stone and tempera, tapestry and silk screening. She died in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1994 and lived in New Zealand for around 30 years of her life.
John Panting, 1940–1974
Sculptor John Panting was born and raised in Palmerston North. His works are held in museums in New Zealand and abroad, including four owned by the Tate. In the late sixties and early seventies Panting was one of the most energetic and challenging figures on the London art scene.
Francis Upritchard, 1976
Francis Upritchard is one of the most well-known New Zealand contemporary artists of our time in London. She was born in Palmerston North in New Zealand and has lived in London for over a decade. In 2009 she represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale.
Taking over three rooms of a palazzo, ‘Save Yourself’ is an imaginary landscape populated by strange miniature figures, who seem to belong both in the past and the future. You can see Francis talk us through the exhibition here. Her work Clan of Rob, 2008 can be viewed at the Tate.