HISTORY

2020

New paintings: They Came by Sea, Renaissance, Sea Stories, Four Gateway Drawings 

2019

Alvin facilitated the entry of New Zealand into the 2019 Beijing Fine Art Biennale. He was approached to get New Zealand over the line and the 32 International judges were very impressed with Alvin’s art therefore New Zealand won a place for the first time with 21 New Zealand Artists and 34 paintings chosen by the judges including the 2 major works by Alvin. 
During the exhibition every hour for 10 minutes an interview of Alvin was broadcast to 100 million Chinese. He featured with 5 other New Zealand artists in international publications also.

Alvin made a fantastic fiber glass pig “POAKA” with a Maori cloak made out of paint for the year of the pig in Parnell. It raised money for the Starship Hospital.

2018

New paintings: Spiritual Bond, Roasting Chestnuts, The Muffin Seller, Early Bird, Mother Earth, Spiritual Light, The Collectibles.

August 12 OPENED NEW GALLERY in the mainstreet of Parnell, 279 Parnell Road. The STUDIO GALLERY at 305 Parnell Road open also.

2017

New paintings: The Collection ( sold to New York Investment Company ). Fishing Stories, Guiding Spirits.

Alvin built and Artists Studio from the ground up!! at the bottom of the garden. 
 
Short film on Alvin called “If You Ever Had A Dream” ( see home page of website ). “I had a lot of fun doing this film. A group from the film school in Parnell all ended up doing their documentary on me. Darryl the director is still trying to raise the money to finish the full documentary and sell to television.
 
The amazing young film makers at the school of audio engineering, Darryl Jones, Hannah Seurin, Patricia Prill, Jordan Vaetei and James Webster set me up in front of a green screen. It’s inspiring to be around such young enthusiastic creative minds. They have a great future.”

2016

New paintings: Moving Sands, New Zealand Icons, Tribal Guardians, The Journey (reinvented)
 
New Drawings: Heroes, Southern Alps, Duck Creek. ( Italian framed gesso primed hardboard. After many coats of gesso and a lot of sanding to make a beautiful surface to draw on. Then sealing it all with 4 or 5 coats of spray varnish. No glass – earthquake proof.
 
Video Composition by Dave Mckay  “Broken Heart” with Alvin’s paintings. (click here to view)
 
First sale to Mainland Chinese “Rising Spirits”.

2015

We bought a Gallery in Pauanui. We are calling it the PAUANUI GALLERY. Opening on February 8th 2016.
Alvin will be painting at the gallery and along the road in the cottage but will also spend time in Auckland. It Is only an hour and a half away from Auckland.

Ephra with support from her sister Dara BA and Geneva Gibson LLB, Art Consultant, are managing our Parnell Gallery.

We gave permission for Alvin’s painting the WHALE RIDER to be used in the Secondary Schools history books in France, Illustrating a part of the Maori culture. We also to gave them the history of PAIKEA who was saved by a whale after his half brother threw him overboard in a power struggle. Carved by Pine Taipa for Whitirea meeting house in Whangaroa.

New paintings: Low Tide, Sea Journeys, Spiritual Revival, Duck Creek, Sun on My Wings.

2014

Southland Museum and Art Gallery. Moving Forward Looking Back.

Whisper Gallery Matamata. Opening of Gallery featuring Alvin’s Drawings.

New paintings: Spiritual Sounds, Spiritual Home, Heroes, Spiritual Odyssey. Plus two large commission paintings.

2013

NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW Record price for New Zealand Artist: “Alvin Pankhurst has achieved a record price at a sale of important early and rare art in Auckland.
His 2006 oil and acrylic on canvas called About Time sold for $55,000 at auction at The International Art Centre last night” (31st July 2013).

“The painting of a carving on a West Coast beach was Mr Pankhurst’s first Maori painting. It featured Tiki, an important leader the the Ngati Whakaue people.”

New paintings:  “Quiet Morning”, “Ninety Mile Beach”, “The Story Teller”, “Rising Spirits”, “The Journey,” “It’s About Time.” Finished 2002 painting of “Queenstown” featuring TSS Earnslaw, Lake Wakatipu,

New Drawings: drawings on gesso coated hardboard panel with beautiful Italian frames. Many coats of gesso and varnish – no glass needed – Wipe with with a damp cloth. You treat it like a painting: “Their Time,” “They Came By Sea”, “The Story Teller”, “Resurgence”, “Are We There Yet?”, “Returning Heroes.”

Joint show of Drawings at Zeus Gallery Tauranga curated by Robert Eagle.

Guest Artist for opening of new Icon Art Gallery ( part of Icon Sculpture Park) Nelson.

2012   Bought studio cottage at Pauanui in the Coromandel

Guest artist Nutpoint Centre, Christchurch.

“Tuturu Aotearoa” acquired by Philippa Boyens co-writer and producer of Peter Jacksons films The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. 

“Free Spirits”, “Dream Time,” “Spiritual Home, “The Guardian,” “Spiritual Guardian.” Drawings.

Waitomo/Roselands Cultural Centre. Prints and paintings.

2011/12    Exhibition of old paintings at Pankhurst Gallery.

2011   “Their Time,” “A Slice of Heaven,” “Are We There Yet?”

2010 Limited Edition Giclee Prints of ”Returning Heroes”, “Tuturu Aotearoa”, “Frosty Morning”, and the iconic “Spiritual Journey”.

2010 Paintings of Moeraki Boulders, Kotuku Birds and first of European Immigrant artifacts and Maori carvings on the beach.

2009-11 “Beloved Exhibition” Dunedin Public Art gallery “Maybe Tomorrow.”

Hastings City Art Gallery Group Exhibition “Mind Games, Surrealism in Aotearoa”.

Presentation at the Rotorua Museum of Art and History.

2009 Group Exhibition of opening of Aesthete Gallery, Hamilton.

2008-12 Chosen for NZ Artfind Calendar 5 consecutive years.

2008 First of the giclee art prints and cards.

Exhibitions twice a year.

Opened Pankhurst Studio Gallery in Parnell, Auckland.

2007 Peter Rae Gallery, Dunedin “Spiritual Journeys.” Solo Exhibition of Maori Paintings.

taking as inspiration the beautiful carvings of the NZ Maori and depicting them in typical NZ settings.

2006 First of Maori paintings “About Time”, “Our Time”, “Transition”, “The Last Stand”,

Joint Exhibition with Brent Wong, Mark Cross, Craig Primrose, Graham Downs, David Woodings and Jillian Palmer.

2005 Opened The Real Gallery Newmarket, Auckland with Brent Wong.

2004 Commission for 16 Paintings for The Fox Glacier Hotel, Westland

2002-05 Handmade Silkscreen Prints. Bought by NZ Parliament Wellington and Southland Museum.

2002-3 Joint Exhibitions in Spiral Gallery with Brent Wong, Mark Cross and Tom Mutch.

2002 Anderton Park Gallery, Southland bought “Silent Echoes” for permanent collection.

2002-04 Pankhurst Gallery in Masterton, Directors; Douglas and Allisson Whitcombe.

2001 Christchurch City Art gallery Robert McDougall, “Images of Home and Garden” “Maybe Tomorrow”.

“Regeneration” which was hung and “Silent Echoes”.

2001 Two paintings accepted for THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION, LONDON.

Gave Art Classes and painted NZ Landscapes.

Studio Gallery in Queen Street, Auckland.

2000 Opened The Spiral Gallery with retrospective show 1969-2000

Painted ceiling Fresco (Baroque Style) at Monterey Gallery, Auckland.

1999 Group Exhibition Monterey Gallery Auckland.

1999 One man show International Art Centre, Auckland

Group Exhibition Monterey Gallery, Auckland.

1998 One man show Portfolio Gallery, Auckland.

One man show Dobson Bashford Gallery, Christchurch.

1997 Group Exhibition “Modern NZ Art” Milford Gallery, Dunedin.

Works with International Art Centre, Auckland.

One man show, Milford Gallery, Dunedin “Painted Tapestries.”

1996 Group Exhibition “NZ Real”, Milford Gallery, Dunedin.

1993-94 Christchurch City Art Gallery, Robert McDougall “Real Vision Exhibition” “The Immigrant.”

1993 Warwick Brown Gallery “Painted Tapestries” Auckland.

1992 Begins work on the “Hounds” and new tapestry work.

1992 Group Exhibition “Apunto Gallery” Amsterdam. “ New Real Exhibition” with Wainer Vaccari and Jan Worst.

Amsterdam Work in Art Fairs included in Amsterdam and Brussels.

1991-92 Worked and exhibited in Amsterdam “Apunto Gallery”

1991 Group show Yanna Lund Gallery, Wellington.

1990 Group show Charlotte H. Gallery, Auckland.

1990 Works on large paintings of Ebony Elephants Washed Up on Beach.

1989-90 Works on Orchids Washed on Beach Series.

1989 (May) Series exhibited at RKS Art Auckland.

1987-89 Worked on the “Immigrants” series.

1984 “From The Real World”. A Trusteebank Southland Art Foundation Exhibition. Southland Museum and Art Gallery bought “Morning Tide”.

1982-4 Experiments with many new forms. “Bug Art”paintings being the only works kept but never shown.

1981 Group show John Leach Gallery Auckland. Limited Edition Prints of “I Remember” made by John Leach Gallery.

1980 Works on Tapestry and Flower Paintings

1977 Works on Seascapes.

1976 Group Exhibition Rotorua “Sea Swirl” bought by National Art Gallery, now Te Papa Wellington.

1976 Works on large Seascapes

1975 Group show Bett Duncan Gallery, Wellington

“Something To Hide” bought by Todd Motors Collection, Wellington

1975 Group Exhibition for opening of Barrington Art Gallery, Auckland

Work is bought by Dunedin Public Art Gallery, for NZ record price.

1974 Completed “Maybe Tomorrow” entered and won 1974 Benson and Hedges Art Award

Began 2 years work on illustrations for “New Zealand’s Heritage; The Making of A Nation” magazine.

1971 Began work on “Maybe Tomorrow”.

1970 NZ Young Contemporaries Exhibition.

1970 Completed “Urban Sprawl”, finalist in that year’s Benson and Hedges Art Award.

1969 “Self Portrait Bust With Tendrils”. First painting done after fire.

1969 (June) All work done up to that time lost in house fire in Wellington. Spent 5 months recovering from burns.

1969 Completed Diploma course at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design with Honours.

1966 Attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design (4 year course).

1965 Won National Competition for Air New Zealand poster design.

 

PUBLICATIONS

‘Figurative Art Now’ 1975, Barrington Gallery by Michael Dunn.
‘New Zealand Art: A Modern Perspective’ 1986, by Elva Bett.
‘Treasures of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’ 1990, by Peter Entwhistle.
‘100 New Zealand Paintings’ 1995, by Warwick Brown.
‘Royal Academy London Publication of Artists 2001.’
‘Who’s Who in Art in United Kingdom 2002’, published yearly.
‘Art New Zealand Today, Sixty Contributing Artists’ 2002. In the library of the Auckland Museum.
‘National Business Review 2009.’ Article: ‘Record Price for New Zealand Artist.’
‘Beloved’ 2010. Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Celebrating 125 Years and Showcasing Historical and Contemporary Gems from the Collection Spanning 600 Years.
French Publication of Alvin’s ‘THE WHALE RIDER’ 2012. Alvin’s painting and write-up on the legend of Paikea were made available on request for all of the Secondary schools in France.
‘New Zealand on Canvas 2013’ by Denis Robinson.