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Mark Graver – Shadow Play

Mark Graver


June 14 – August 1
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

A selection of acrylic resist and photo polymer etchings exploring light, shadow, memory, place and time

Mark Graver Shadowplay


For anyone in the UK this July Mark Graver is also exhibiting and co-curating the RE:Print/Re:Present exhibition and symposium at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art. Exhibition opens at 6.00pm on July 9 and runs until July 25

One day symposium at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge UK – info and registration


Tony Holmquist


Tony Holmquist – Recurring Systems

May 21st – June 12th
Opening Reception Wed May 20th  4.30 – 6.30 pm
All welcome – meet the artist
tony holmquist

Tony Holmquist was first prize winner of Art at Wharepuke’s 3rd international open submission printmaking competition and is coming to Wharepuke as a resident artist and install his new show Recurring Systems.  He will be present at an opening reception on Wed May 20th from 4.30 – 6.30 pm.

Details for the 4th Open Submission printmaking show can be found here

tony holmquist

Tony is an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado, USA and has worked in printmaking for his entire career.

He exhibits his work around the world at galleries and shows such as the International Print Center of New York, the National Arts Club, the Art at Wharepuke International Print Show and the International Miniprint Finland Triennial.

Tony is also a musician who researches, interprets, and disseminates old-time music through the fiddle, banjo and guitar. He won first place in the banjo competitions at the 2014 Central Rockies Old-Time Music Festival and the 2013 Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old-Time festival.

Tony has received several awards for his work, including the Honourable Prize of Miniprint Finland (2014), the Juror’s Award (first place) at the Wharepuke International Printmaking Show in New Zealand and the Juror’s Award (second place) at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.


John Robinson – Printmaking Residency

John Robinson – Printmaking Residency

John Robinson came to Wharepuke here in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands in December to do a nontoxic printmaking residency with Mark Graver in December 2014.

  • Artist Residency in Non toxic Printmaking John Robinson

John has worked for 9 years as the Technical Officer in Printmaking at the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart. He has taught with TAFE, Adult Ed, and community based printmaking groups, has over 20 years’ experience in commercial printing and recently established Moving Creature studio, an open access printmaking studio in Lindisfarne, a suburb on the Eastern shore of Hobart.

John has been gradually instigating changes within the University Printmaking studio towards non-toxic processes and gained a scholarship to study at Wharepuke with Mark to hone some of the acrylic based methods available.

John and his wife Pauline managed a weekend away camping after the course and explored the Cape Reinga region (the top of NZ), beaches and our native forests.

Since returning to Hobart John has been further experimenting and preparing for a new academic year where the students will be further introduced to nontoxic printmaking.

Mark and John are now discussing future projects and further possible links that can be made between Wharepuke, the University of Tasmania and Moving Creature studio.


Steve Lovett

Steve Lovett

Some People Who May (Not) Be Here

Opening Reception Saturday February 7th 5.00pm – 7.00pm

All welcome – come and meet the artist. Exhibition Feb 8th – March 4th.        Gallery Open 7 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm
Steve Lovett
Some People Who May (Not) Be Here is made up from the collections of printed images, ephemera and photographic imagery collected and made for over 30 years. This on-going project investigates the archives that we build up in albums, boxes, and now online that reflect our individual and collective pre-occupations, interests, behaviour and ideas about the world in which we live in and our place in it.. My secondary interest in this body of work pre-digital methods of stripping images together that would have once been common through out the commercial printing shops. Working slow, in this manner has allowed for a stepping back from the deluge of digital and analogue images that surges toward us at every moment.

Steve Lovett images


Steve Lovett is a practicing artist and art educator who has delivered an interdisciplinary print and digital media for two decades at Manukau Institute of Technology in the Faculty of Creative Arts. Lovett maintains an active project-based studio and research practice that is informed by ongoing theoretical investigation. His work has been show nationally, through out New Zealand and internationally at fine print and graphic arts exhibitions. His work is held in public and private collections in New Zealand, Europe, China and North America.
Lovett has a research focus on questions of archives and operation of memory systems.

Mark Graver- Undertow



Art at Wharepuke

Jan 7 – Feb 2015

Mark Graver at Art at Wharepuke Gallery NZ

Undertow is a linked series of HD videos, shot from under water looking up towards the sky during rainfall, and photopolymer metal salt etchings.

The concern is to capture the effects of light, shadow and sound at a particular place and point in time. There is no editing other than changing the speed and setting the duration.

The photopolymer etchings are isolated video stills, manipulated in Photoshop then etched into aluminium plates.

The intention is to create a fluid installation using elements of the different mediums to explore connections, similarities and differences between the moving, temporal and the still images and between photographic and traditional printmaking processes.
The series was first shown in the exhibition ‘Combinations’ curated by Mark at the Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Seacourt, Bangor, Northern Ireland in 2014.

Mark Graver is an award winning artist printmaker, founder of the Wharepuke Print Studio and co-director of Art at Wharepuke.  He is author of the A&C Black printmaking handbook, ‘Non-Toxic Printmaking’ (2011, London) and his work is held in many public collections around the world including the V&A Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford UK, the National Gallery of Taiwan and in China, Mexico, Portugal, Malaysia and NZ.

Undertow Series Mark Graver

Undertow Series as part of the exhibition ‘Combinations’ at Centre for Contemporary Art, Bangor, Northern Ireland, July 2014

Undertow series 2014 from Mark Graver on Vimeo.


Mark Graver Umbra Sumas in Wellington

Mark Graver – Umbra Sumus
Solander Gallery Wellington
24 Jan – 21 Feb
Mark Graver will present an artists talk at the opening 1.00pm Saturday 24th January followed by opening reception 1.30 to 3.00pm.

Taken from a quote by Horace, ‘Pulvis et umbra sumus’ (we are but dust and shadow) Umbra Sumus is an ongoing project containing photopolymer and acrylic resist etchings, video and sound works.

The work is partly a response to the death, in January 2011, of my father and to the wider human condition. The use of shadows alludes to the movement of light, the passing of time and, ultimately, to mortality. Still images are used for the etchings while the video works allow for an actual temporal experience using the same or similar source material.

Solander Gallery 218 Willis Street, Wellington

Irena Keckes – Woodcuts

Irena Keckes – Woodcuts

Art at Wharepuke

190 Kerikeri road

15th Dec – 4th Jan
open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pm

Irena Keckes

Irena Keckes is an artist and arts educator, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She was born in Croatia, where she gained BA in Art Education and Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (2000). Irena earned Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts (2005). Currently, she is completing PhD with Creative Practice at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2011- present).

As part of her doctoral research project integrating theory and practice, Irena Keckes has created large-scale woodcut prints, and researched the links among ecologically informed Buddhism, and non-toxic and expanded forms of print.

Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at eighteen independent, and numerous group exhibitions; these included the Tallinn Triennial of Drawing (2012), Kyoto Art Festival (2012, 2014) and International Mokuhanga Exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts (2014).

She has been an artist in residence in Japan (2000) and Korea (2005), and an active member of several art associations including Croatian Association of Artists (since 2001) and Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (since 2014).

Irena Keckes presented an academic poster and portfolio at the Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee (2013) and an academic paper at the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference in Tokyo (2014).

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Irena Keckes has been teaching Printmaking and Drawing academic projects to undergraduate students, since 2011.

Art at Wharepuke - Irena Keckes



My art has been informed by a strong desire to work in the media of print in particular within the field of contemporary, ecologically responsive printmaking. Over the past twelve years I have lived and worked in diverse scholastic, artistic and intellectual environments. Moving through the myriad of cultural worlds made an impact on my practice.
My recent research has been exploring if and how some of central Buddhist notions, such as interconnectedness or causality, may inform ecologically mindful printmaking. The interest in this topic and approach to print practice grew from my previous training in traditional Japanese water-based woodcut that originally involves non-toxic methodologies. Taking mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut) as a starting point, merging apparently disparate theories, philosophies, methodologies and processes, one of the main sequels of my work has been to represent one example of expanded printmaking.

In some instances I have extended my practice by detaching print off the walls and moving into the space, and in others I exhibited carved plates and wooden shavings as sculptural objects alongside the prints. I have shifted the main focus away from controlling the final outlook of the print to the processes of making itself. Expanding the scale of my plates also created a platform for a more intense exploration of the phenomenological aspects of my work, reconciling intellectual and physical actions of printmaking processes. Through an idea that making is thinking, and thinking is making, my work also has been investigating art/craft as an indivisible concept, as evident in three of my independent presentations in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Woodcut print installation the Unlimited Resonance of Repetition (2012), consisted of ten three meters long woodcut prints suspended from the ceiling. These large prints were created in Japanese water-based woodblock printmaking method, and explored the notion of repetition embodied in the process or carving as well as in printing. Some of the wooden matrices were installed on the floor of the gallery in juxtaposition with prints. The Presence of Absence installation (2013) consisted of carved wooden plates and wooden shaves arranged on the walls and floors of the gallery. By creating a “carpet” of wooden chips the works in this show unveiled the idea of impermanence: the wooden shaves were once the plates. In my doctoral exhibition, Mindful Repetitions (2014), I presented 14.5 meters long print that surrounded the space of the gallery. As part of this installation, the 240x480cm large print was installed on the floor of the gallery.

Irenas Website

Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

October 1st – November 2nd 2014

Gallery open 7 days – 9.00am – 5.00 pm
190 Kerikeri Road

Struan Hamilton - Prints at Art at Wharepuke
Struan Hamilton – Prints at Art at Wharepuke

Scottish-born Struan Hamilton is the 2D Team Leader for Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, having taken up this position in July 2009. His responsibilities here include the teaching of Fine Art Printmaking to 1st years through to PHD candidates, as well as the day to day running of the department.

He has previously been manager of Belfast Print Workshop, arriving there after stints at Edinburgh and Dundee Print Workshops, and the world-famous Atelier Contrepoint, (formerly Atelier 17), in Paris, where he was assisted the director, Hector Saunier, and leading artist, Sun Sun Yip.

Struan Hamilton

Struan’s work can be found in public and private collections from the House of Lords to hospital trusts, and football clubs to the national arts council as well as local government councils. He also boasts a healthy record of international exhibition.

Struan’s exhibition at Wharepuke features a selection of large scale drypoints on canvas and viscosity etchings.

Art at Wharepuke website

Struan Hamilton
Struan Hamilton
Struan Hamilton
My work draws inspiration from the organic within the man-made environment of the modern city. This duality of existence in shapes and forms creates a dynamic dialogue within my work, which generates a multitude of visual experience for the viewer.I work predominantly in intaglio, specifically viscosity etching, as I feel the ability to push the surface of an etching plate, and be pushed back in turn by it, generates the dynamism required for the aesthetic experience I aim to produce.


International Print Exchange 2014
Sep 7th –  Sep 28th

Art at Wharepuke is pleased to continue its support for the Leftovers project initiated by Wingtip Press, Idaho, USA.  This is the 3rd year we have received the show as it tours around the world.

Gallery Open 7 Days
9.00am – 5.00pm
190 Kerikeri Road

The History of Leftovers

After cleaning out the flat files and finding dozens of little scraps of printmaking papers jamming up the file drawers, the folks at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho realized they probably weren’t alone with the dilemma of what to do with all thosetoo-precious-to-toss leftover paper scraps.

An invitation went out to fellow printmakers to participate in a print exchange to use all those lovely little leftover scraps to create a small edition of prints. Artists submit an edition of 14 prints of any size up to and NO LARGER than 5″ x 7″ and receive a dozen prints in return. One print is held for exhibitions and one print is included in a silent auction to raise funds for the Hunger Relief Task Force.

Now in our fifth year, the exchange include printmakers from Australia to Arizona, Canada to Colorado, Nevada to New Zealand, Korea to Kansas, Wales to Washington, and places in between!

Bon Appetit!

Wingtip Press