New Zealand Arts Review

Reviews, News and Commentary by John Daly-Peoples

Billy Apple and Me

John Daly-Peoples Billy Apple and Me John Daly-Peoples I first wrote about Billy’s exhibition “Good as Gold at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1991 and endeared myself to him by comparing him to Michelangelo. This was not in connection with the Renaissance masters work but the way in which he focused on the everyday in […]

The Art Paper brings new voices to the contemporary art scene

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples The Art Paper Issue 01 TOUCH Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples A new art quarterly, The Art Paper has just hit the shelves bringing another set of voices to local arts writing. A number of the articles are about international shows which provide something of a context for contemporary New Zealand practice. […]

Michael Smither’s “Here & Now” paintings convey mood and spirituality

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Michael Smither Here & Now Artis Gallery November 9 – 29 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples For sixty years Michael Smither has painted his immediate environment – his family, the objects he was surrounded by and the landscapes he inhabited. These landscapes began in New Plymouth with paintings that often featured the […]

Petite Maman: A story of childhood where imagination and reality are interwoven

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Petite Maman Directed by Céline Sciamma, In Cinemas From November 25 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples With her latest film “Petite Maman” director Céline Sciamma as in  her previous film “Portrait of a Woman on Fire” examines a surreal  and  sensitive  relationship, not between adults but between two children. After the death […]

NZ Opera offers a range of innovative shows for 2022

NZ Opera 2022 Season John Daly-Peoples Next year’s NZ Opera season seems designed to cater for the full range of opera lovers. It opens with one of the great musicals and closes with one of the great operas. In between there are several New Zealand works drawing on ancient and recent history The first work […]

Rita Angus exhibition opens at Te Papa next month

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Rita Angus, New Zealand Modernist Edited by Lizzie Bisley Te Papa Press RRP  $35.00 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples This year the Royal Academy in London was due to mount a major exhibition of works by Rita Angus but this was cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The Academy was heavily […]

Neal Palmer captures the drama of the New Zealand bush and endangered kauri

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Neal Palmer,  On Track Foenander Gallery, Mt Eden14 November – 02 December Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples In 2018 Neal Palmer was the inaugural artist for the Karekare House residency provided by the Eden Arts Trust. He has previously exhibited work from this period which he has continued to develop. His latest […]

New Zealand pair create twelve environmental sculptures around the Earth

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Fine Line: Twelve Environmental Sculptures Encircle the Earth Martin Hill and Philippa Jones Bateman Books $69.99 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Most New Zealanders  at some time in their lives engage in the practice of Land Art or Earth Art. This normally involves making sandcastles or other constructions at the beach. These […]

“Nine Lives” that helped shape contemporary New Zealand

Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Nine Lives Upstart Press RRP $39.99 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples Much has been made recently about what constitutes New Zealand culture, the intersection of Māori, Pacific and European experiences which has formed our contemporary multicultural society. Part of the impetus behind these changes are people who make a difference and the […]

NZ Sculpture OnShore exhibition goes online

John Daly-Peoples NZ Sculpture OnShore November 5 – 28 Reviewed by John Daly-Peoples NZ Sculpture OnShore which is the country’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition opened this week with its organisers committed to raising $100,000 for Women’s Refuge. Lockdown restrictions due to COVID-19 have meant that the exhibition, now in its 25th year  will not be […]


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