New work from Rachael Dewhirst, James Robinson, John Coley & more!

Art on Sunday! Here is our first selection of listings for 2020, going LIVE tonight: a vibrant canvas from Rachael Dewhirst; works from Peata Larkin & Andy Leleisi’uao; watercolours from John Coley & Kelvin McMillan; a large canvas from James Robinson; and a lovely work from Gareth Brighton.

We hope you have all had a wonderful festive season! The team at NZ artbroker are excited for the new year and look forward to bringing you all some great works this year!


Rachael Dewhirst

Emerging artist Rachael Dewhirst completed her BFA Honours in Fine Arts in 2013 at the University of Canterbury.

James Robinson (1972-)

Most painters work with brushes or palette knives, but Port Chalmers based artist James Robinson uses almost everything at hand and many different techniques to make his paintings. His work is broadly an intuitive and expressive exploration of history, culture and the nature of being. His palette is controlled tending to monochromatic colour. One is continually drawn into his paintings, continually discovering more and also questioning more.

Andy Leleisi’uao

Andy Leleisi’uao grew up in Mangere, South Auckland. His work is reflective of his experience as a New Zealand-born Samoan. Pulling inspiration from the iconography of Stone Age rock art, classical Greek vase painting, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Samoan siapa cloth, Andy Leleisi’uao has developed a distinctive visual language.

Gareth Brighton

Contemporary artist Gareth Brighton graduated with a Master of Fine arts from Canterbury University (2016) specialising in a mixture of printmaking and painting primarily on fond objects. Different materials are used in his work to create illusions of space and convey a narrative. His strength is in his simplicity of composition and use of colour. These create drama and tension in each work. Brighton is early in his career in the visuals arts and is definitely someone to watch.

Peata Larkin (1973-)

Peata Larkin is of Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and Ngāti Tuhourangi descent. Larkin graduated of the Elam School of Fine Arts, and completed her Master’s degree at RMIT University, Melbourne. Larkin draws from twentieth-century theories of abstraction in painting and at the same time uses patterns which are layered with meaning and firmly embedded within te ao Māori. Her painterly ‘pixels’ allude to digital information, binary opposites, and the gridlines of weaving.

Kelvin McMillan

Canterbury artist Kelvin McMillan is recognised for his skill with both pencil drawing and water colour painting. The work for sale here is part of a series of works he has done of the old cottages in the historic town of Akaroa. McMillan is particularly skilled at creating realistic images of iconic subjects within the New Zealand landscape.

John Coley (1953-) 

Born in Palmerston North, John Coley studied Fine Arts at Ilam School of Fine Arts where he was a founder of the 20/20 Vision group of artists. John was appointed director of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in 1980, retiring in 1996 to become a full-time painter.