Making art attainable while celebrating NZ artists | 2020 NZ Art Show

18 May 2020 / Published in Your Community

This year’s NZ Art Show will be the 17th consecutive show – and we’ve been there from the beginning.

The NZ Art Show was founded in 2004 to make it easy and affordable for any New Zealander to own a piece of original New Zealand art. It also supports New Zealand artists and provides a platform for them to launch their careers. Since 2004 the NZ Art Show has supported more than 4,000 artists and has sold more than 23,000 works of art generating more than $14 million.

Traditionally the NZ Art Show is an annual three-day event held in Wellington, this year however in the spirit of kiwi creativity and innovation, the show is being taken online – an initiative in response to the due to COVID-19. The NZ Art Show online gallery is now open and will continue until the end of 2020.  There will be up to 200 artists featuring on the site, offering a diverse range of styles, mediums, and sizes.  Purchasers will liaise directly with the artists, arranging payment and shipping offline.    

Visit the online gallery.

Three of the New Zealand artists you'll find on the NZ Art Show's website.

TIM CHRISTIE – Wellington

Tim Christie is a locally and internationally represented artist. Outside of New Zealand he has exhibited at fairs and with galleries in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Manchester, Chester and Edinburgh. His work has been sold to collectors from around the world from Australia to North America to Scandinavia.

In March this year his art was broadcast on over 1,000 LED screens across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A Dubai based art curator and advocate for international emerging artists curated the digital exhibition that was featured continuously on giant screens and in over 200 towers.

It all started in 2017 when he first exhibited at the New Zealand Art Show. He sold out on the opening night and realised there was something in his work that captivated collectors and galleries alike. In 2018 he won an international art competition with the UK’s largest fine art group Castle Fine Art. From there things snowballed. 


Jane Blackmore is the owner of Jane Blackmore Gallery / Studio in Lyall Bay, Wellington. As a practicing artist with over 20 years experience, Jane’s work is primarily inspired by the stunning and singular vistas of the Wellington hills and harbour.

In an age where speed and instant gratification seem to permeate every corner of our lives, Jane’s paintings offer a space for thoughtful reflection. Blackmore’s landscapes are unashamedly spiritual. When we look at her landscapes and seascapes, we sense that we ourselves have inhabited these places, perhaps as children, perhaps in memory, or perhaps in a dream.

In equal measure to the spirituality in Jane’s work is joy, and this is abundant in her series of florals. Flowers push forward from dark backgrounds, defiantly sensuous and celebrating the natural cycles of birth, growth and decay. Jane’s floral works make you feel the same joy she felt when she painted them: right now, here, look.


Paula is a fine art photographer who uses multiple layers of texture and still life composition to create works with a painterly quality. By photographing and layering the different elements of the image individually, the finished work combines varying viewpoints and lighting elements. Having travelled widely, Paula developed her photographic style during her years overseas. She is greatly inspired by the works of the Dutch Masters and the early European Masters, with their use of light and drama.

“Photography has always my passion. Framing objects within a lens is very much like placing flowers in a vase – it isolates them from their surroundings, transforming them into colour, form and texture. It is obsessive. Now I use photography three dimensionally as I layer and collate imagery, this has opened up a window into a whole new world of creativity.”

Paula exhibits her work in Art Shows across New Zealand and most recently has opened her own gallery in the small town of Waihi.

Visit the online gallery.


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