Friday 6 May – 5 June

RICHARD ADAMS | mark making



On Saturday & Sunday, we had a wonderful in house workshop in the gallery . Everyone was thrilled with the weekend, taking home their favourite piece mounted by Peter. The twelve participants produced diverse and varied work , all informed by Richard’s tutorial and demonstrations. It was a great success , and we hope to do more workshops in the future.

Weekend workshop at Kaan Zamaan:

About the artist:

Richard Adams, a contemporary New Zealand abstract artist, first exhibited his works in 1982 at the Molesworth Gallery in Wellington. Since then, the Auckland based artist has become nationally and internationally renowned for his work, exhibiting in Tokyo, Sydney, Dubai, Beijing, New York and London.

A man of many talents, Adams is not only an established artist, but also displays a passionate flair for the Jazz Violin as frontman for the Nairobi Trio. He published his first book of poems and etchings called ‘Translations’ in 1979 and in the same year co-scripted, produced and directed the New Zealand film ‘Artman.’
Adams abstract, minimalistic plains of vertical and horizontal motif panels, curves and lines are inspired by nature, colours, textures, shapes and surfaces. Drawing from the landscape Adams uses canvas and paper as frames for the exploration of coloured oil panels, ovals and line etchings cemented by an obvious structural base, balanced by optical restraint and painterly freedom.

Adams believes he will never run out of things to paint “the well is endless” so to speak. The guide rather than the master of the brush, Adam’s works are both literary and artistic. They are images resultant of thought processes, simplified and emotional that grow as he works – Hamish Coney, in an interview with the artist said “unlocking the meaning of Richard’s work is a joint venture between the artist and viewer, both of whom bring a history to the moment of viewing.”

This new body of work entitled ” Mark Making”  is his first since returning from a residency in Winchester UK late last year.

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Please note winter hours:

Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sun 9am – 1pm or by appointment 021163447

Sharp Frames:

Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm

In the Stockroom:

Works by gallery artists,


View our video of the ANZAC exhibition , which has now ended. Some remaining works are still exhibited including Scott McFarlane’s gorgeous installation.

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Call 021 1634478 to view by appointment outside gallery  hours.

For framing consultations, SHARP FRAMES is open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm.


Our fundraiser last year was “WE CARE” . Some artwork from this exhibition is still in stock, so we continue to raise money for the desparate children of Gaza, as the works sell.

The total amount raised so far is just over $12 780 !  $12 480 has been passed on to Kia Ora Gaza, to help with medical supplies for Gaza. THANK YOU everyone for your generosity, it was an AMAZING effort, let’s hope we bring just a little relief to some of these desparate children’s lives. Some $300 went to Save The Children.

A view of the opening night, thank you Sophi for the video.


In the reception area there is a wide selection of  art by  Laurence Aberhart , Richard Adams, Ludek Adamek, Rob Anderson,Graham Ambrose, Minhal Al Halabi, Lee Brogan, Chris Booth, Alex Caminiti ,Beverley Cox, Herb Foley, Scott McFarlane, Rachel Miller, Fran Leitch, John Papas, Kathy Shaw Urlich , Lindsay Antrobus Evans, Sue Foster , Rich Hewson, Liz McAuliffe and others. Works on paper, prints & reproductions are available to see in the framing reception, we have a huge variety of art in the stockroom so feel free to ask to see more, if you can’t see what you want on display.