This year, the Fair will be welcoming 180 artists from 36 galleries. From Christchurch to Beijing, our artists come from all over the globe.

Leading artists like Karl Maughan, Robyn Kahukiwa, and Yuki Kihara will be returning, while some newer faces like Ou Jin, Timo Kube, and Tia Ansell will be joining us for the first time.

Ou Jin – Spurs Gallery, with Visions Gallery

Beijing artist Ou Jin places his works in an open, dynamic linguistic structure to integrally change modes of artistic expression. He applies paint layer after layer, and waits patiently for the countless levels of pigments on the canvas to dry up. This segment of the artist’s activity refers to the artisanal spirit of classical Chinese object-creation/craftsmanship: humans’ physical bodies, objects and time jointly take effect in a certain setting, which relates to a ritual sense of arts and crafts, as well as to the concept of the “body” in performance art; afterwards, he takes readily designed computer-generated icons and inserts them in a special device to make them into three-dimensional cuttings, with the different layers of pigment taking on a rich, three-dimensional visual effect. This kind of visual effect reminds audiences of “abstraction”, but actually the significance of the works extends far beyond that of abstract art.

Ou Jin, Untitled 115, 2018. Acrylic paint, mixed material on wood board, 100h x 120w cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Spurs Gallery.

Yuki Kihara – Milford Galleries

Yuki Kihara – New Zealand’s 2021 Venice Biennale representative – is an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Samoan descent. Working across a range of media including photography, performance and video, Kihara has built a comprehensive body of work and curatorial practice that examines gender roles, consumerism, (mis)representation, and the past, present and future societal issues from colonial and post-colonial perspectives. Kihara’s work can be found in national and international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Ryerson Image Centre, Canada and Giorgio Armani.

Yuki Kihara, EFKS Church, Maraenui, 2017. Lenticular print, Edition of 5 + 2 AP, Frame- 1098 x 1533 x 60 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin and Queenstown.

Robyn Kahukiwa – Black Door Gallery

Robyn Kahukiwa is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent female Māori painters. Kahukiwa’s rediscovery of her Māori heritage, on moving from Sydney to New Zealand in 1955, has formed the crux of her painting practice, which passionately articulates and affirms her identity as a Māori wahine (Māori woman). Since her first solo exhibition in 1971, Kahukiwa has been engaged in representing Māori and Pacific cultures as a way of reclaiming tino rangatiratanga (self-determination), and earned recognition and greater prominence as a professional artist in the seminal exhibition Wahine Toa: Women of Māori Myth, which toured New Zealand in 1983. Kahukiwa’s paintings investigate the diversity of urban Māori and Pacific communities, and often represent her personal search for cultural identity. Her mural-scale paintings are populated with ancestral figures, native birds, plants and trees, and their commentary relates to the realities and struggles of Māori.

Robyn Kahukiwa, Hine Kōkōwai, 2019. Acrylic on Canvas, Framed, 1220 W x 920mm H. Courtesy of the artist and Black Door Gallery.

Tia Ansell – {Suite}

Tia Ansell started her Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at Massey University, Wellington in 2014 and completed an Honours degree at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, in 2018. Tia won the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Award and the Majlis travelling scholarship in 2017, Valerie Albiston scholarship, 2015-17, and the National Gallery of Victoria prize in 2014. Ansell makes mixed assemblages of disparate elements, including painted fabric, ceramic tiles, dyed yarn weaving and bronze brooches, set in rectangular and grid-like structures.

Tia Ansell, Andrew, 2020. Acrylic on cotton, silk, wool and bamboo handmade weaving, in custom aluminium frame,330 x 220 x 60 mm. Courtesy of the artist and {Suite}.

Mahiriki Tangaroa – Bergman Gallery

Mahiriki Tangaroa is a New Zealand raised Cook Islands artist. She majored in photography at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts documenting the vanishing Cook Islands cultural heritage in her photographic assignments. In 1999 she began to paint and is now one of a small group of prominent contemporary female artists in the Cook Islands. ⁠Tangaroa’s art and curatorial practice is focused on challenging both artists and audiences to consider the impacts of cultural imperialism, in particular the impact of the arrival of Christianity on Cook Islands culture. Tangaroa re-constitutes customary symbols with tapa or pareu patterns, drawing attention to the progression of contemporary Cook Islands culture and the evolving nature of identity.⁠

Mahiriki Tangaroa, Between Wind & Ocean, 2019. Oil on canvas, 1030 x 820 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Bergman Gallery.