Richard Parker and Mark Graver Exhibition

Richard Parker and Mark Graver

Art at Wharepuke’s end of year/ New Year exhibition brings together two Kerikeri based artists with international reputations.

Richard Parker, a renowned ceramic artist who’s work is held in many national and international public collections will present recent works never before exhibited in Northland.
Richard Parker pottery

Mark Graver‘s new print series include digital works based on the Kerikeri River and the forms and patterns of Wharepuke Subtropical Garden.  Graver’s work is held in public collections such as the V&A Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and collections in Australia, China, Thailand, Mexico and NZ.

mark graver

Parallel Prints 2015


Parallel Prints 2015



Parallel Prints is an on-going portfolio and exhibition project devised by Mark Graver and Tania Booth from Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri, New Zealand.

The project presents simultaneous exhibitions of the portfolio collection at Art at Wharepuke and in a related partner gallery outside of New Zealand.

Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to be viewed at the same time in different parts of the world.  This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique.  Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work?  Which the reproduction?

The first Parallel Prints project was staged in NZ and the UK in 2013.  The portfolio was presented at the international printmaking conference Impact 8 in Dundee Scotland and subsequently accepted into collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and The Kent Print Collection in the UK, The Whangarei Art Museum, New Zealand and the Jinling Museum of Art, Nanjing, China.

The 2015 portfolio features Mark Graver and 11 invited Australian artists – Susanna Castleden, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, David Frazer, Jodi Heffernan, Martin King, Deborah Klein, Bruno Leti, John Neeson, James Pasakos, Melissa Smith and Deborah Williams.

Mark Graver Parallel Prints 2015

The exhibitions run simultaneously at Art at Wharepuke and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia until Nov 22nd.

An opening reception at The Art Gallery of Ballarat will be held on
Friday October 9th at 6.30pm

Parallel Prints


Time Slides – Mark Graver

Time Slides

Mark Graver- Time Slides



Sep 12 – Oct 1
Gallery open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pm

When Dad died my brother and I found a drawer full of old 35mm slides dating from the early 1960’s to the early 1980’s, family snaps, holidays abroad and our time in Australia as Ten Pound Poms.

The slides have been digitised, manipulated and re-printed as acetates to be layered, like memories.

Mark Graver- Time Slides

Mark Graver- Time Slides

For more of Mark Gravers work go to Mark Graver

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.


Ian Brown and Paul Jones

Ian Brown & Paul Jones

Dust and Clouds: Dots and Pixels

March 8th – April 12th
Gallery open 7 days – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Ian Brown  Paul Jones Dust and Clouds: Dots and Pixels

Ian Brown and Paul Jones both share an interest in the same source material; images of elemental natural forces at work. Each has a fascination with the almost intangible nature of this phenomena where ‘dust and clouds’ of poetic beauty describe events of cataclysmic proportion.

For Paul Jones this is a touchstone connecting him to an interior world of the imagination, while in perhaps a more detached manner, Ian Brown is looking into the way we experience the act of looking. Dots and pixels act as the mediation between the real world, the photograph and its expression in print.

Both artists come together in this show of drawings and prints as Paul collaborates with Ian to convert and reconfigure some of his drawings into print, through the solar plate etching process.

Paul Jones Brixton Hill SW2 Super Cell Series Ink, compressed charcoal on drafting film

Paul Jones
Brixton Hill SW2 Super Cell Series
Ink, compressed charcoal on
drafting film
Paul Jones’ work stems from questions of memory and imagination. All his work has this strong thread connecting them. Though the viewer may find a myriad of materials and media being used, his goal is to push concepts through the work, balancing the believable, observable world with the unbelievable, the unseen, the unheimlich.New drawings have been produced using charcoal on tracing paper the starting point are internet images from storm chasers.
Storm chasers are used as vicarious conduits so as to experience these special cloud systems. The end results are fully appropriated images as drawings with titles’ that refer to Jones’ local inner city home to contrast the big open space of Midwest America were many of the weather systems referenced occur.
Ian Brown Tromba Marina I, Screenprint/Etching
Ian Brown
Tromba Marina I,
Ian Brown’s subject matter is extreme natural phenomena taken from a range of sources. Whilst on the one hand these prints appear to be a search for the sublime in the face of often potentially destructive natural forces, they are also an exploration of the way photographic images are delivered.The four colour process through which we receive printed imagery (on paper) is frequently referenced, reminding the viewer of the mechanism that deceives the eye. As a consequence most of the prints have two viewing distances, close up where the roseate clusters can be seen, and at distance where the image prevails.In more recent works the use of photopolymer etching techniques allow the digital signature of low resolution imagery to be made manifest.

Red Pineapple

Red Pineapple (Ananas bracteatus)

The Red Pineapple here in the gardens at Wharepuke in Kerikeri NZ are maturing but still have a way to go. They have a good crop this year.

Red Pineapple at Wharepuke Kerikeri NZ


Red Pineapple are part of the Bromeliad family.

A pineapple is formed when the many flowers form a cluster of fruitlets which enlarge and mature forming a single pineapple with a fibrous stem running through the middle. The skin is tough and waxy, red in colour. When ripe the flesh is sweet and juicy, pink-yellow. The fruit weigh about one kilo each.

Pineapple fruits are formed without pollination

Click photo for larger image

Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens are free to wander and are open 7 days

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.


Wharepuke Accommodation Kerikeri Bay of Islands