Dagmar Dyck (b. 1972) is an Auckland based painter and printmaker of Tongan German descent. As a first generation New Zealander she has been brought up to respect and acknowledge her unique ancestry. Dyck’s work explores the realm of Tongan culture koloa, a general term that encompasses Tonga’s tangible and intangible heritage of textile and material wealth.
Threaded throughout Dyck’s work is a visual process that documents the transformation of raw material to woven treasure. She explores layers and marks with a confidence that is intuitively led. While her work is informed by traditional processes and concepts; her palette, compositions and mark making offer the energies of contemporary practise. Dyck’s recent projects include works on paper which present layered grounds and motifs; expressive and dynamic works on canvas; and large scale installation works.
Dagmar Dyck has exhibited work in New Zealand galleries since 1995. Her work is held in significant national collections including the NZ Parliamentary Collection, MFAT Collection, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs Collection and the Auckland Council Collection.