John Papas

Opening of Exhibition

John at his opening @ Kaan Zamaan in 2013


John had an exhibition of large paintings on canvas in 2013 ,

In 2014 , Papas showed ceramic mixed media paintings  in a collection entitled ” A Moment in Time” . The unsold works from these two exhibitions are in our stockroom , available on demand.

John Papas was born in New Zealand in 1942 of Scots/Greek parentage. He is regarded as a senior New Zealand artist, with works in the permanent collection of the NZ Government, British Government and many private collections throughout the world, luding Europe, America, Japan and Australia.

John has participated regularly in group and solo exhibitions since 1963, both in NZ and abroad. He likes his public and corporate commissions to form a harmonious relationship wtih the area and environment in which they must co-exist and be accessible at all levels-challenging and thought-provoking-enduring and timeless.

Known for his versatility, he draws symbols for the works from a rich and diverse visual language. Sources include the artist’s Greek ancestry;souvenirs of journeys and travel;religious icons;favourite artworks made in the past.

Papas’ works are strong by nature and often made up of distinctive scraping and smeaing techniques. Hisuse of rich glazes and other materials in his work alongside figurative and symbolic elements add to his works’ noticeable charm.

Over his long artistic career, his prodigious energy sees him move from painting, to ceramics, to murals and collage, alternating and mixing media as the need or mood arises. He often uses a wide range of media – bronze. steel, glass, perspex, ceramic, paper and canvas – to express a concept, and in all works generates a sense of place that is essential to his practice.

Selected collections include Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Hocken Pictorial Collections, Dunedin; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin; Waikato Museum To Whare Taonga O Waikato, Hamilton; Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland; Rutherford Trust, Wellington; Government Collections of New Zealand, Greece and Untied Kingdom; New Zealand Post; Fletcher Challenge, Ernst & Young; Auckland Airport, Air New Zealand; Cathay Pacific.

Public Commission: Mobil House, Wellington, Auckland Airport, Manukau City; Air New Zealand, Brisbane, Christchurch, Los Angeles; Cathy Pacific , Auckland.

Selected Books and Publications…

Selected Exhibitions in Auckland Sanderson Contemporary Art, Warwich Henderson Gallery, Portfolio Gallery, Ardor Gallery, Mairangi Arts Centre, John Leech Gallery to name a few…

In Wellington, Southeast Gallery, Savill Gallery, Louise Beale Gallery, North Gallery & others…

In Christchurch, Napier, Whangarei, Dargaville, Tauranga, Gisborne…

Also overseas in Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Germany, Lucerne…

Artist Statement:

The inspiration for the painting exhibition in 2013 was the result of a journey during the autumn to the Eastwood Hill Arboretum.

Thirty five kilometres inland from Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, the 135 Hectare woodland park is the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees growing south of the Equator. It holds the largest living plant collection of mostly woody exotics in the country and is being continually planted and developed.

Eastwood Hill Arboretum was originally established in 1910 by visionary farmer W. Doublas Cook and remained his private property until the mid 1960s. The arboretum was brought by H.B.Williams in 1965 who gifted it to the nation. The Eastwood Hill Trust Board was established by an act of parliament in 1975 to Administer and preserve the property for scientific and educational purposes and for the enjoyment of the people of New Zealand.

John’s remaining paintings on canvas and on paper, remain in the stockroom @ Kaan Zamaan, available to view on request.

A view of ” A Moment in Time” ,

John Papas’ 2014 exhibition

John Papas @ KZ


view 2

John with some of his new work @ Kaan Zamaan Kerikeri Rd, 2014 .

John collection of earthernware/glass & mixed media paintings entitled ” A Moment in Time” , were inspired by travels and journeys to different countries and cultures….Memories.