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Antony has developed a visual language that embraces the ephemeral. He lives in Aotearoa, New Zealand, a country with spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hillsides, subtropical forests and volcanoes. The terrain and weather are diverse so it's no surprise that his paintings are implied and faceted. When contemplating landscape painting in these terms the artist describes a definition of the word vista that relates particularly well to the process of a painting as it develops. It reads.. An extensive mental view (as over a stretch of time or a series of events.) 

 

‘Slowing down, relooking, coming back to, helps to internalize a landscape and a painting practice’. These works encapsulate a palimpsest of decisions over time. The aim is to give the viewer a sense of an ever-changing psychological landscape. 

 

With respect to the relationship between abstraction and figuration the artist says, ‘The marks are independent gestures, but also acknowledge the brain's tendency to search for representation. I’m looking for this middle ground, to confound the space somehow through the interchange of revealing and concealing.'

Antony has been a selected finalist in the James Wallace Art Awards, the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award, the Molly Morpeth-Canaday Art Award, and the National Contemporary Art Award. In 2001 he won the New Zealand Art and Faith Award. He has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, China and the U.S where he has representation with Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York.

 

Education

 

2011      

Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Arts, Elam, University of Auckland, NZ

2006      

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam, University of Auckland, NZ

1996      

Bachelor of Graphic Design, Auckland University of Technology, NZ

 

Individual Exhibitions

 

2023

Vista, Blue Gallery, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, NZ

2022

Unearth, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York

2018

Temporal Matter, Grey Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2016

Amalgam, Art Bureau, Auckland, NZ

2014      

Impossible Rock, Mt Eden Village Centre, Auckland, NZ

2013      

Unfolding, 30 Upstairs, 30 Courtney Place, Wellington, NZ

2010

Lost Time, Window, University of Auckland, NZ       

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2021

Odd Couple, Curated by Max Zlotsky Seiler, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York

The Summer Show, Deborah Dancy, Antony Densham, Susan English, Tucker Nichols, Erin O'brien

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York

2018

What I See, Auckland Art Week Group Show, Grey Gallery, Auckland, NZ 

2016

Artbourne, Art Auction to provide support for students at Wellesley College, Wellington, NZ

2013      

ArtDego, Hye Rim Lee, Matt Molloy, Antony Densham, Amber Wilson, The Nathan Club, Auckland, NZ

2012      

Restraint, Antony Densham, Wendy Kawabata, Catherine Ellis, Clare Kim, Charlotte Nancy, Alexandra Odelle, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland, NZ

Nomophobia, Antony Densham, Phillip Madill, Simon Kaan, Briar Mark, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland

150X150X150 Small Works Exhibition, Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland, NZ

2011      

Another Truth, Fiona Wilson, Richard Boyd-Dunlop, Jamie Chapman, Glen Snow, Antony  Densham. Studion 8 Newton, Auckland, NZ
Elam Graduation Exhibition, University of Auckland, NZ (Postgraduate Diploma)

2009      

Anthony Harper Art Award. Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, NZ

2007      

Fine, Sanderson Contemporary Art and City Art Rooms, Auckland, NZ

2006      

Elam Graduation Exhibition, University of Auckland, NZ

2005      

They Never Knew They Were Robots, Stanbeth House, Custom St, Auckland, NZ 

2003      

Duo show In Between Antony and Amanda Densham, Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland, NZ

Bloodlines Spiral Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Linden Postcard Art Awards Exhibition St Kilda, Melbourne                                                              

2002    

Tibetan Art Auction Exhibition, Artstation, Auckland, NZ

 

Reviews / Text / Press

 

2021

Review of The Summer Show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton review by Annette Hinkle

Art Edit Magazine, Issue 28. 'Ones To Watch' 

2012      

From The Sublime to the Meticulous, by TJ McNamarra, NZ Herald

2011

Threaded Magazine, Ed.12 'The Five - Star Issue

2010

Sculpture At Window, by John Hurrell

History, truth, and "things," by Daniel Wilson

If Time Could Tell, by D.M Satale

 

Awards / Selections

 

2023

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, NZ

Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing Award, Whakatane, NZ

Finalist, Aspiring Art Prize, Wanaka, NZ

2022

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, NZ

2021

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, NZ

Finalist, Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing Award, Whakatane, NZ

Finalist, Aspiring Art Prize, Wanaka, NZ

Finalist, Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Prize, Lethbridge Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2020

Finalist, NZ Painting and Printmaking Award, Wintec, Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, NZ

Finalist, Walker and Hall Art Award, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Finalist, National Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2019

Finalist, Walker and Hall Art Award, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2018

Winner Merit Prize, National Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Finalist, Molly Morpeth-Canaday 3D Art Award, Whakatane, NZ

2015

Finalist, Walker and Hall Art Award, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Finalist, Hutchins Work On Paper Prize, Tasmania, Australia

2014      

Finalist, Wallace Trust Art Award (travelling exhibition) TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ

Finalist, Walker and Hall Art Award, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Finalist, Molly Morpeth-Canaday Art Award, Whakatane, NZ

Finalist, National Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2012      

Finalist, National Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Finalist, Wallace Trust Art Award, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
2011      

Finalist, Wallace Trust Art Award, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, NZ
2009      

Finalist, Anthony Harper Art Award, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, NZ
2003      

'Art on the Bus' recipient (AK03 Travelling exhibition on Auckland buses)
Finalist, North Shore Art Award, Auckland, NZ
Finalist, Linden Postcard Art Award, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
2001      

Winner ‘NZ Art and Faith' Award, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland, NZ
Winner Painting section, Devonport Art Awards, Auckland, NZ
1997      

Finalist Windsor and Newton Art Award, NZ 
Art Work commission for A.I.T Post Graduate prospectus, Auckland, NZ

Gallery Representation

 

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

 

Public Collections

 

Wallace Arts Trust
 

 

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