Exhibitions & Archive

Pale History

The exhibition was conceived as a revisionist history painting, comprising two and three dimensional elements.
Based on the Wairau Incident in June 17 1843, and the clash between Ngāti Toa and the New Zealand Company over land rights.
 The  key figures are sculpted from found wood, tapa cloth and paint.
The art work captures the moment after death of Te Rongo, wife of Te Rangihaeata, which is understood as the catalyst for violent confrontation.
The work has the potential to be read from multiple perspectives and this reflects the fundamental nature of the narrative; being a story about land, power, possession, murder and violence.
“ The history we are told is often a paler version of the reality “ says show curator Sarah McClintock.
Pale History was first shown at the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson in 2018, and then at Porirua’s Pataka: Art + Museum in 2019.
It will be exhibited again in June 2021 at The Millennium Gallery in Blenheim.

Public Collections

Alexander Turnbull Library, Canterbury Public Library, Department of Foreign Affairs, National Bank, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Nelson Provincial Museum, Otago University,
Suter Gallery

Private and corporate collections
New Zealand, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hawaii, Ireland, Singapore, Sweden, United States of America



Pale History
Art + Museum, Porirua. March 2019


Pale History
he Suter Art Gallery, Nelson. 4 November 2017 - 11 March 2018
'Land lines Water Marks' Group Show
Kereru Gallery, Mapua. January 2, 2018


Group Show 'Vessel'
Kereru Gallery, Mapua


Unknown Ancestors
Red Gallery, Nelson


Group Show
Salt Gallery, Nelson
5 at The Portrait
Portrait Gallery, Wellington. October
Group show Reflections Gallery, Nelson


'People, Places & Things'
Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim
August 5th 2012
Red Gallery, Nelson
20th July - 7th August 2012
'Group Show' At The Table
Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke Island
January 2012


'Group Show'
Red Gallery, Nelson
September 2011
'Off The Wall: World of Wearable Art Up Close'
Travelling Exhibition
'Tohora - Whales'
Artists respond to whale stories - Suter Gallery
February 2011


'White Gold - The Business of Milk'
Dairy New Zealand, Hamilton
April 2010
'The Captain' Group Show,
Tauranga Art Gallery
October 2009 - January 2010
'White Gold - The Business of Milk'
Forrester Gallery, Oamaru
February - April 2010


'3,4,5 Exhibition' Group Show
Shed 11 Wellington
November 2009
 'White Gold - The Business of Milk'
Southland Museum and Art Gallery


'White Gold - The Business of Milk'
The Suter Gallery, Nelson


'Waves' Group Show
Refinery Gallery, Nelson
'White Gold'
Red Gallery, Nelson


Artist's Residency - Sanskriti Kendra - New Delhi, India
"Times Four Group Show" Shed 11, Wellington
Red Gallery, Nelson
2006Triple Shot (Group Show) Wellington
"Nelson Artists" Statements Gallery, Napier
Dobson Bashford, Christchurch
"Bloodlines" Edmiston Duke Gallery, Auckland


Ricoh "Short & Sharper" Shed 11, Wellington
"Bloodlines" Red Gallery, Nelson
Judge - W.O.W. Art Awards, Wellington
"Fine" (Group Show) Wellington
"After Lusk" (Group Show) Catchment Gallery, Nelson

Ricoh "Short & Sharper" Shed 11, Wellington
"Slow Art" (Group Show) - Suter Gallery, Nelson
"The Transit of Venus" - Dobson Bashford Gallery, Christchurch

2003Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland
2002"Strata" - Dobson Bashford, Christchurch
"Six Nelson Artists" (Group Show) - Statements Gallery, Napier
"Ebb and Flow" with Christine Boswijk - Christine Boswijk Workshop, Nelson
"Short and Sharper" - Academy Fine Arts, Wellington
2001"Biography" - Millennium Gallery, Blenheim
"Biography" with Christine Boswijk - Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland
"Short and Sharp" (Group Show), Wellington
2000"Six Nelson Artists" (Group Show) - Statements Gallery, Napier
Group Show - Suter Gallery, Nelson
1999Guest Artist - Marlborough Arts Society
"Twenty Two" (Group Show) - Dobson Bashford, Christchurch
"Group Show" - Aigantighe Gallery, Timaru
"1999 Paintings" - Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland
"Less is more; more or less" - C.O.C.A Gallery, Christchurch
1998"Islands" - Dobson Bashford Gallery, Christchurch
1997"Eight Fathers ANZAC Day 1949" - Suter Gallery, Nelson
Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1989"The Realists" (Group Show) - Charlotte H Gallery, Auckland
"The Quaquaversals" (Group Show) - Nelson
Proba Gallery, Auckland
Suter Gallery, Nelson
1988"Goodman Suter Bienale" - Suter Gallery, Nelson
Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
1987Suter Gallery, Nelson
"Group Show" - Dobson and Bashford Contemporary Arts, Christchurch
Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
1986"Goodman Suter Bienale" - Suter Gallery, Nelson
1985"Christmas Show" - Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
1984Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington1983"Three Women Artists" - Suter Gallery, Nelson
"Group Show of Louise Beale Gallery Artists" - Suter Gallery, Nelson
"Group Show" - Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
"16 Young Contemporaries" (Group Show) - Suter Gallery, Nelson
1982With Jean Joyes - Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
Suter Gallery, Nelson
"Group Show" - Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

1981With Phillipa Blair - Elva Bett Gallery, Wellington
1984Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
1983"Three Women Artists" - Suter Gallery, Nelson



'People, Places, Perspectives. The Suter /Te Aratoi O Whakatu'

Potton & Burton 2016

'New Zealand Gallery'

Denis Robinson 2010

'Appo Hocton'

Karen Stade (Nelson Provincial Museum 2010)

'Art New Zealand Today'

E Caughey (Auckland - New Zealand, Saint Publishing, 2002)

'New Zealand Art and Culture'

Naomi O'Connor (Nelson - New Zealand, Craig Potton Publishing, 1995)

'Dictionary of New Zealand Artists'

(Wellington - New Zealand, Gilt Edge, 2000)

'New Zealand Food, Wine and Art'

(Whangaparoa - New Zealand, Chanel Publishing, 2002)

'New Zealand Art - A Modern Perspective'

Elva Bett (Auckland - New Zealand, Reed Methuen, 1986)

'The Artist's Table - Nelson Art, Food and Living'

(Nelson - New Zealand, The Bishop Suter Art Gallery, 1998)

'The Suter: 100 Years in Nelson'

Susan Butterworth (Nelson - New Zealand, Nikau Press, 1999)

'Nelson Regional Guide Book - Art In Its Own Place'

(Nelson - NZ, Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network, 2000-04)

'The Wreck of the Delaware'

'The First of New Zealand From the Last of England by Ford Maddox Brown"

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