Biography

 

GRAHAM BENNETT

1947 Born Nelson, New Zealand

1970 Graduated University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts

1971 Graduated Christchurch College of Education, Dip Tchg

Practicing Artist – current

1972 – 1976 Secondary Teaching

1977 – 1980 Travel

1981 – 2000 Tertiary teaching, CPIT

2000 – now, full time art practice

 

Selected Commissions and Public Art:

2013  Oversee, Lincoln University, Canterbury

         Position Fixing, the Esplanade Art Walk, Abbeville, Auckland Airport 

2012  Phase, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay  

          Tipping Point, Songchu Art Valley, South Korea

2010  Reflect, Sumner Christchurch

Traverse, Hotel reception, Christchurch

2008  Reach, Wanaka

Kaputone Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Christchurch

Insight, St Margaret’s College, Christchurch

2006  Engage, Christchurch South Library

2005  Reasons to Return, Connell’s Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island

2004  Fixing Positions, Rocky Bay, Waiheke Island
2003  Reasons for Voyaging Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu
2003  Lines Extending Kurashiki City, Japan

2002  Tribute to Firefighters, Christchurch
1997  Sea/Sky/Kaipara The Farm, Kaipara

 

Selected Awards:

2013  Residency Lincoln University

2012   ISF Residency, Seoul, South Korea

2008 – 2007,NZ Japan Exchange Programme (NZJEP) Grants

2000 1996, 1995, Asia 2000 Foundation Grants

1996  Trustbank Community Trust Arts Excellence award
1995  Fellowship in Visual Arts, New Zealand Arts Council, Toi Aotearoa
1990  New Zealand Arts Council Grant

1988  Artist in Residence, Nelson Polytechnic
1984  New Zealand Arts Council Grant

 

Solo Exhibitions and Installations:

2013  How Near How Far? 10 year survey, Suter Gallery, Nelson

          Heavy Shadows, Whitespace, Auckland 

          Survey, Aigantighe, Timaru

2012  Hard to Swallow, Diversion, Picton

2011  Weighting and Waiting, Millford Galleries, Dunedin

2010  Auger Augur, Whitespace, Auckland

Pivot, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2009  Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Marlborough

Latitude, The Arthouse, Christchurch

A Part, Cable Bay Vineyard, Waiheke Island

2008  How Near, How Far?, Koru Gallery, Hong Kong

Latitude, Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan

Installation in ZAIM Contemporary Art Space, Yokohama, Japan

Converse, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2007  Affinity, Shiori Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan, with Wataru Hamasaka

Seek, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2006  Squaring the Circle, Milford Galleries Auckland

Squaring the Circle, Milford Galleries Dunedin

Ukabu, The Arthouse, Christchurch, with Wataru Hamasaka

2005  Five Spaces, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2004  Trajectories – Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Marlborough

Spheres of Influence- The Arthouse Christchurch

2003  Behind Reasons for Voyaging, Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Wai Whetu

Defining Markers, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2002  Making Connections – Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Marlborough

2000  Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

Milford Galleries, Dunedin

1999  NICAF International Arts Festival Tokyo representing Galerie Paris, Japan

Hashimaya Gallery Kurashiki, Japan

1998  Salamander Gallery, Christchurch

1997  NICAF International Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan

Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1996  1+1=3, Joint exhibition with Gavin Hitchings, Potters Gallery, Wellington

1+1=3, Joint exhibition with Gavin Hitchings, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch

Installation: ‘Demarcation’ 300 cast iron frames. Boulder Bank Nelson

Canal City (Gallery Miyabi) Fukuoka, Japan

1995  Mie Prefecture Contemporary Art Museum, Japan

Gallery Miyazaki, Osaka, Japan

New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

Gallery Miyabi, Fukuoka, Japan

Gallery Arte Ferrana, Hamamatsu, Japan

1994  Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1993  Gallery Miyazaki, Osaka, Japan

1992  Gallery Miyabi, Fukuoka, Japan

Installation in steel and glass, Grey River flood wall, Westland

Left Bank Gallery, Greymouth

Aeroclub Gallery, Port Chalmers, Dunedin

1991  Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #2, Boulder Bank, Nelson waterfront

Installation Sea/Sky/Stone, Archery lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Suter Gallery, Nelson

Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch

1990  Installation Sea/Sky/Stone #1, Boulder Bank, Nelson waterfront

1989  Exhibition of 1988 Artist in Residence work, Suter Gallery, Nelson

Annex Gallery, Robert McDougall, Public Art Gallery Christchurch

1987  ‘Parameters’ (invited Artists Project), Robert McDougall Public Gallery, Christchurch

Carnegie Centre, Dunedin

Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

1986  Gingko Gallery. Christchurch

Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

Bishop Suter Gallery, Nelson

1985  Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

1984  Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

1983  Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington

Red Metro Gallery, Dunedin

1982  Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Gingko Gallery, Christchurch

Bishop Suter Gallery, Nelson

1981  Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

1980  Art of Man Gallery, Sydney

Brooke/Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

 

Selected group participation:

2013  Sculpture on the Peninsula, Canterbury

          Sculpture in the Garden, Auckland Botanic Gardens

          Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island

2012  ISF 2012, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2011  Laisee, Koru Gallery, Hong Kong

Auckland Art Fair, representing Whitespace

Sculpture in the Garden, Auckland Botanic Gardens

Here I Stand, Diversion Gallery, Picton

Moving On, Canterbury Artists, Art in Oxford Gallery

NZ Art, Whitespace, Auckland

Sculpture on the Peninsula, Canterbury

Sculpture in Central Otago, Wanaka

Chambers 241 Opening exhibition, Christchurc

2010  My City, Whitespace, Auckland

Shapeshifter Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Arts Festival

PromoArte, Tokyo, Japan

2009  Sculpture on the Peninsula, Canterbury

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island

Sculpture in Central Otago, Rippon Estate, Wanaka

2008  Promoarte Gallery Tokyo

Attitude, with Mild Red, Galerie Paris, Yokohama

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana

Conversations Across Time, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

Save our Water, Ng Gallery Christchurch

3Bs, Milford Galleries, Auckland

ID Dunedin, collaboration with Mild-Red

Shapeshifter, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Arts Festival

2007  Sculpture in the Park, Waitakaruru , Waikato Sculpture Trust

NZ Artists, Taipei Art Fair, Taiwan

Koru Gallery, Hong Kong

ID Dunedin, collaboration with Mild-Red

Collaborative Tapestries, Marilyn RaeMenzies, Ng Gallery, Christchurch

Sculpture on the Peninsula, Guest exhibitor, Christchurch

Manifest, Guest exhibitor,Nelson Arts Festival

Art in Central Otago, Bannochburn

Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana

Second Side, The Arthouse, Christchurch

Group Exhibition, North Art, Auckland

2006  Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, Australia

Shapeshifter, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Arts Festival

Gowshed opening exhibition, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke Island

Sculpture in Central Otago,Bannochburn,

2005  Crowded House, The Arthouse, Christchurch

Sculpture in Central Otago,Bannochburn,

Trilogy, Diversion Gallery, Marlborough

Shriek Revisited, 100 International Artists, Medialia Gallery, New York

COCA,Large-scale tapestry weaving with Marilyn Rae-Menzies

2004  NZ Sculpture Onshore , Takapuna, Auckland

Shape shifter, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington Arts Festival

Dowse Foundation Auction for the Galvan Macnamara/James Mack Tribute

Sculpture in Central Otago,Bannochburn,

Transit of Venus, Milford Galleries, Auckland

After Woollaston, Catchment Gallery, Nelson

Seven, The Arthouse, Christchurch

2003  Sculpture on the Gulf – Waiheke Island

2002  <Participated in innumerable group exhibitions in the period 1979 – 2002 in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Japan, USA .

Selected Bibliography