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Derek Cowie

Derek Cowie (b.1956) is represented in several public collections including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. In the 1980s he regularly exhibited with Peter McLeavey Gallery in Wellington before moving to London where he worked as a scenic painter for the National Theatre and as an award winning visual artist for film and television while continuing to make and exhibit his own work. He is now based in Wellington. Often delving into obscure art historical and cultural resources, he works across various mediums and styles but always with his distinctly punk sensibility. His practice is strongly motivated by environmental concerns. His series Destruction of National Treasuresreimagined historically significant New Zealand paintings as if though they have been found in the rubble of some post-apocalyptic world