Samantha Lissette exhibits regularly throughout NZ and internationally. Her work is in public and private collections across New Zealand and China. Samantha is a member of the NZ medal makers group MANZ and exhibits regularly with FIDEM International Medal Makers Congress. She has a degree in philosophy.
Samantha has received public and corporate commissions for her work, most notably for Auckland City Council to Guanghou, China; Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland University. She works extensively in all scales of the bronze medium, from the monument to the miniature.
Samantha’s work explores the relationship between ‘designed’ elements in the natural world and man’s adaptation of them – merging organic and constructed ideas, exposing an innate link between the two. There is a strong narrative quality to her sculpture, questioning aspects of the human condition; often employing humour or irony, bringing a sense of playfulness and delicacy to a medium traditionally associated with weight and substance.
Lipika Sen and Prabhjyot Majithia
Contemporary artists Lipika Sen & Prabhjyot Majithia work across a range of mediums including sculpture, acrylic on canvas, digital drawings, words, sound, music & film and have won several awards for their virals/ animation films. Their 6 meter tall landmark public art: The Firkee Wala – In My Heart Of Eternal Childhood spins and swooshes with the winds at New Plymouth. Recently featured at the India Art Fair 2017, New Delhi, they were commissioned for the 4,5 meter high experiential sculpture: Tricky Box Tree of Giving by Tauranga’s Christmas in the Park Dec 2016. Their interactive sculpture Jugalbandi in the Park, showed at the NZ Sculpture on Shore 2016, Devonport, where in 2014 the artists had shown their multi-media sculpture Tricky Box 5 – The Curious Indian Water Well, now acquired by Tauranga Sculpture Park. Featured at Ted X Tauranga 2015, they have shown at events and galleries across New Zealand, including the Whakatane Museum 2015, the National Fieldays No. 8 Wire Art Awards 2014 - Waikato Museum, the Tauranga Arts Festival 2015 & Hamilton Garden Arts Festival 2016 and The City – a poetry mural commissioned by Tauranga City Council. Found in collections around the world, their works can be viewed on www.inhalingthespirit.com
Marte Szirmay was born in Hungary. She arrived in NZ in 1957 and attended Auckland Girls Grammar School and the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating with a Dip FA (Hons), Senior Scholar. Marte attended Auckland College of Education, graduated with a Dip Teaching.
She was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University, 1971 and 1972. Since 1970 she has staged 36 solo exhibitions, completed 17 public commissions and participated in numerous National and International group exhibitions.
Marte's work is represented in private or public collections in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Hungary, Sweden, Italy, Greece and U.S.A.
Adrian Jackman graduated in 1997 with an MFA from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and has exhibited widely thought New Zealand since. His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery, from the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence programmed and a Solo exhibition at Bath Street. His work is held in public, private and corporate collections across New Zealand & Overseas, including: TSB Wallace Arts Trust, The Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, Citibank Art Collection, Perpetual Guardian Trust, Auckland City Council.