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New Zealand artist Brett Graham; photo by Don Gill

photo by Don Gill

Brett Graham is a sculptor who creates large scale artworks and installations that explore indigenous histories, politics and philosophies. Graham works from Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand), though has been a constant traveller through his career, undertaking residences through Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa (the Pacific), North America and Europe.

He conceives his Māori whakapapa (ancestry) as a Pasifika/Moana identity and affiliated with a global network of indigenous and non-Western peoples. It is from this basis that Graham's work engages with histories of imperialism and global indigenous issues. (Anna-Marie White, Victoria University)


Works and resides in Auckland, New Zealand
Doctor of Fine Arts (DocFA), University of Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Fine Arts (MFA), University of Hawai'i, United States
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), University of Auckland, New Zealand

Honolulu Biennial 2017, Sydney Biennale 2010, 2006, Venice Biennale 2007
Graham's work was featured at the 2017 Honolulu Biennial and the 2010 Sydney Biennale. His collaboration with Rachael Rakena, Āniwaniwa was exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and their work UFOB was shown at the Sydney Biennale in 2006

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 – Properties of Peace and Evil, Parlour Projects, Hastings, New Zealand
Unsettle, Bartley and Company Art, Wellington, New Zealand

2016 – Brett Graham, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2015 – Unsettle, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2014 – Recalibrate, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Plot 150, Bartley and Company, Wellington, New Zealand

2013 – Vision Mixer, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand

2012 – Tangaroa Piri Whare, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Shield of Antarctica, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2009 – Āniwaniwa, Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania, Australia
Searching For Tangaroa, Bartley and Company Art, Wellington, New Zealand

2008 – Campaign Rooms, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Āniwaniwa, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)
Āniwaniwa, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)

2007 – UFOB, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)
Āniwaniwa, Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)

2005 – Kohinga Rua, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand

2004 – Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua, Doctoral Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand

2003 – Canoes of Oceania, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

2002 – Moengaroa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Podes Antipodes, Art Felchlin Gallery Zurich, Switzerland

2000 – New Work Studio, Wellington, New Zealand

1998 – Place Tū Stand, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1996 – Bravo Bikini, New Work Studio, Wellington, New Zealand

1995 – Te Kōwhao o Te Ngira, Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1994 – 1492–1642, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

1993 – Installation, Fay Richwhite Foyer, Auckland, New Zealand

1492–1642 toured to three centres:
Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand
Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand
Gisborne Museum and Arts Centre, Gisborne, New Zealand

Te Puāwaitanga – The Flowering, Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1992 – 1492–1642, Te Taumata Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1991 – Te Ara a Papatūānuku, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 – Honolulu Biennial : Middle of Now Here, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
Transformative Landscapes: Contemporary Space, Time and Connection, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada
Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

2016 – Sappers and Shrapnel: Contemporary Art and the Art of the Trenches, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Art16 London, London, United Kingdom
First World War Centenary Commemorative Print Portfolio Project, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia

2015 – Now15, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Wanted, First Nations University, Regina, Canada

2014 – Looping and Binding, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
Te Uru Contemporary Art Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand

2013 – Summer of Sculpture, Auckland, New Zealand
Sakahan, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Kaihono Āhua, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand
Towards The Morning Sun, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia
Partner Dance: Gifts from the Patrons of the Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand

2012 – Multiply, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, New Zealand
Partner Dance, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2011 – Ngā Hau E Wha, Ngā Tai E Toru, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Introducing... Our Artists, Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

2010 – 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2008 – The Maui Dynasty, The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand

2007 – Āniwaniwa, 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale Di Venezia, Venice, Italy (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)
Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
Restless, Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Telecom Prospect 2007, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2006 – The Arrival, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
History Lessons, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Zones of Contact, Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (collaboration with Rachael Rakena)
Manawa – Pacific Heartbeat, Spirit Wrestler Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2005 – St Matthews Sculpture Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
Kaipara Art Exhibition, Kaipara, New Zealand

2004 – Sculpture Exhibition, Peter Webb Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2003 – Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia

2001 – Parihaka, The Art of Passive Resistance, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Telecom Prospect 2001: New NZ Art, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Pūrangiaho, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1999 – 50 Contemporary Māori Sculptors, Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

1998 – Te Ara O Tainui, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand

1997 – Fred and Brett Graham Exhibition, Manawatū Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

1996 – Sculpture 96, Artis Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Asia-Pacific Contemporary Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
He Puaawaitanga Whakaaro – Recent Māori Sculpture, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

1995 – Te Kārohirohi Taonga, Waikato Museum of Art and History, New Zealand
Korurangi – New Māori Art, New Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
Western Springs Stone Carving Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand
Tainui, Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand
Te Ātinga, Indigenous Artists, Rotorua Sculpture Symposium, Rotorua, New Zealand

1994 – Art Now, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Ten Years On, Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand
The Gift Line, New Work Studio, Wellington, New Zealand

1993 – Pacific Show, Auckland Society of Arts, Auckland, New Zealand

1992 – Pacific Group Show, Auckland Society of Arts, Auckland, New Zealand
Awesome, Te Taumata Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1991 – Māori Contemporary Art Show, Wellington, New Zealand
Te Atinga, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States

1990 – Graduate Art Exhibition, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
Origins, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
Bad Art, Community Arts Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States

1989 – 47th International Winter Snow Festival, Japan
Graduate Art Exhibition, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States

1988 – Te Ara Hou, Gallery 5, Auckland, New Zealand
Stone Symposium, Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand
Elam Sculpture Show, University of Auckland, New Zealand

1987 – Elam Sculpture Show, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Gallery 5 Opening Show – Māori Art Today, Auckland, New Zealand

1986 – Elam Sculpture Show, Star Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS

2016 – International Artists in Residence (iAIR) program, University of Lethbridge, Canada

2014 – Creative New Zealand (CNZ) New York Residency at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)

2005 – National Māori Academic Award, New Zealand

1997 – James Wallace Award (second place), New Zealand

1992 – Te Waka Toi grant for 1492–1642 installation Te Taumata Gallery, New Zealand

1991 – Hawai'i Craftsman Annual Show, Hawai'i, United States
Atsuo Okamoto Workshop, East-West Fieldwork Award, Japan

1989 – East-West Center Degree Scholarship, Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
Tainui Scholarship, Waikato, New Zealand
John Weeks Trust Art Competition, University of Auckland, New Zealand

1987 – Elam Art Scholarship, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Winiata Memorial Prize, New Zealand

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

MTG, Hawke's Bay, Napier, New Zealand, Riki, Riki (inverted), Rura, Rura (inverted), 2017

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 30 15 S 131 58 E, 40 00 S 147 91 E, 25 21 S 131 03 E, 2015

University West Oahu, Hawai'i, United States, Target Island Series, 2014

Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawai'i, United States, Snitch, 2014

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Canada, Pioneer, 2014

Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand, Plot 150, 2013

Ernst & Young, Simon Moore Memorial Sculpture, Te Au Marino, 2012

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Shield of Antarctica, 2012

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia, Mīhaia, 2010

Hurstmere Green Sculptures, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Mataoho Wall, 2012

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, Te Hōkioi, 2008

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, Land Lust Lost, 2008

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, Āniwaniwa, 2007

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, Whaowhia, 2007

Te Manawa Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Foreshore Defender, 2005

Department of Courts, North Shore District Court, Auckland, New Zealand, Escape, 2002

Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, New Zealand, Kotahitanga, 2000

Tainui Endowed College Fore-Court, Hopuhopu, New Zealand, 2000

Wellington Sculpture Trust, Henry Lang Fund, Wellington, New Zealand, Kaiwhakatere, 1999

Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Kōwhatu Kārohirohi, 1999

King's College, Auckland, New Zealand, Ko Hamutana, 1998

King's College, Auckland, New Zealand, Ko Rāhui Puāwai, 1998

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand, Tū Pasifika, 1998

Government House, Wellington, New Zealand, Tū West, 1998

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, Te Korokoro o Te Parata, 1998

Fletcher Challenge Trust, Auckland, New Zealand, Te Piriti Puāwai, 1997

Gibbs Collection, Auckland, New Zealand, Ko Ngāruawāhia Toku Tūrangawaewae, 1997

Kornferry International, Wellington, New Zealand, Ground Zero Bikini, 1996

Auckland Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, Manu Tāwhiowhio, 1996

NZ Post Corporate Office, Wellington, New Zealand

Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Noumea, New Caledonia, Lapita Installation, 1998

Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Noumea, New Caledonia, Kahukura, 1995

East Tāmaki Campus, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Te Moeamoea O Te Tauira, 1995

Waikato Law School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, Te Matariki, 1994

National Bank of New Zealand, Huntly, New Zealand, Te Puāwaitanga O Tainui, 1993

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand, Te Pū, 1993

Auckland Regional Authority, New Zealand, The Mythology, 1989

Maidment Theatre, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, Nine Muses, 1989

Apple Computer Company, Auckland, New Zealand, New Dawn Eclipse, 1989

Telecom, Auckland, New Zealand, Waikato Awa, 1988

Library of University of Auckland, New Zealand, Tainui Begat, 1888

James Wallace Art Trust, Auckland, New Zealand

 

Download CV (PDF, 3 pages, 108KB) contact Brett Graham