Turi Park

Date of birth

I am a contemporary painter excited by the rich history and natural inspiration of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am Pakeha, a descendant of European New Zealand parents, and trace my ancestry back to the English Lake District, the Orkney Islands of far northern Scotland, and a German missionary and French cooper who met on the Chatham Islands.

Turi is a Maori name, after the captain of the Aotea waka that sailed from Hawaiiki to begin Maori settlement in Taranaki, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Turi Park

Born in Canberra, Australia, 1972, and now based in Wellington

2011 Artist residency, New Pacific Studios, Pukaha Mt. Bruce. March

Artwork commissioned for the Waitangi Tribunal WT262 Report (relating to New Zealand’s law and policy affecting Maori culture and identity). July.

Group show, Game-On, curated by John Walsh and Jacob Scott, July. Hastings City Art Gallery

2010 Solo show, Watershed. March. South Coast Gallery, Wellington

Group show, Wild. November. New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2009 Group show: November. Gala Art Auction, Wellington Group show: December. South Coast Gallery, Wellington

2009 Solo show, Theatre Country. September. Southcoast Gallery, Wellington

2006 Solo show, Edge Light. April. Idiom Studio Group show, November. Aveia Gallery opening, Auckland

2005 Solo show, Camera Obscura. April. Idiom Studio,


Goup show, July. Idiom Studio

2002 Press Gang exhibition with Kate Coolahan, Sarjeant Gallery Wanganui. Artwork purchased by gallery for permanent collection

The Shape Project, exhibition of product design at 100% Design London

1999 Established own brand design consultancy native limited in Wellington.

1995-98 Numerous private commissions. Practising as a graphic designer in Rotorua, Wellington and London, UK. Extensive travelling and painting through Asia, Europe and Central Americas.

1994 Telecom Art Award, Bay of Plenty Region.

1993 Diploma Visual Communication Design, Wellington School of Design.

1984-92 Numerous group shows.

1990 Large scale interior mural commissions by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Wellington.

My artwork is held in New Zealand and international public and private collections.


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