About Ava Seymour

Ava Seymour was born in Palmerston North in 1967. She attended Prahran College of Tafe, Melbourne in 1988.

Seymour left for Europe in 1989, eventually settling in Berlin where she was based for two years. Her early collages were produced in this period. In December 1994 Seymour returned home and had her first exhibition in New Zealand at Teststrip, Vulcan Lane, Auckland in 1995. Since this time Seymour has been exhibiting regularly.

Her iconic series Health, Happiness and Housing was her response to returning home and was first shown at Artspace, Auckland in 1997. Her work has been included in many significant shows such as Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery, Unnerved, The New Zealand Project, GOMA, Brisbane, National Gallery of Victoria, and Public / Private, The 2nd Auckland Triennial.

Seymour’s work is included in the collections of Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery.

Ava Seymour lives and works in Auckland.

Visit Ava Seymour’s website: avaseymour.com

2016

Did you say l’amour? Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2015

Safe As Milk, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2014

Interaction of Colour, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2012

Slight Matters, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2011

Shift, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2010

Compositions 2010, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Nocturne, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand

Tree Songs, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2008

Corinthos, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2007

The New Order, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

The White House Years, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2006

The White House Years, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2005

Hair Fondue, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

Three Panoramas, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2004

AK79, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2003

The Seven Deadly Sins, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Heartlands, McNamara Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand

Blood and Guts in Deutschland, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2001

Heartlands, Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

Heartlands, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Selective Retrospective, Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand

2000

I’m so Green, Sargeant Art Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand

I’m so Green, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand

I’m so Green, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1998

Health, Happiness and Housing, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

1997

Health, Happiness and Housing, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Rubber Love, Blood and Guts in Deutschland, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

1996

Homage to Otto, Fiat Lux, Auckland, New Zealand

Miss World, Teststrip, window, Auckland, New Zealand

Rubber Love, High Street Project, Christchurch, New Zealand

1995

Raw Truth, Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand

1994

Rubber Love, Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand

2016

The Bill: For Collective Unconscious, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2015

Supple Solids, Theresa, Maastricht, Netherlands

Cut + Paste: The Practice of Collage, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand

A Delicate Balance – The Kauri Project, Te Uru, Auckland, New Zealand

Implicated and Immune, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2014

These are the good old days, Gloria Knight, Auckland, New Zealand

I Like Girls, Peter Mcleavey Pop Up Gallery, Wellington

2013

Freedom Farmers, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

21st-Century Collecting, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

In The Early 1990s, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

“See. Here. Now”, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2012

Then and Now, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand

2011

Tender is the Night, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Behind Closed Doors, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Prospect, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2010

Play On, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

2009

From the Depths of Suburbia, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand

From the Depths of Suburbia, Griffith University Art Gallery Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2008

In Shifting Light, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Noli Me Legere, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2007

Group Show, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand

2006

Collage Effect, 1301pe, Los Angeles, USA

2005

Home Sweet Home, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

Small Town, Big World; Contemporary Art from Te Papa, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

30th Anniversary Exhibition, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

High Chair, St Paul Street Gallery, AUT, Auckland, New Zealand

2004

IKI and thanks for all the IKA, National Museum of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga

IKI and thanks for all the IKA, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Home Sweet Home, Academy Gallery, Tasmania, Australia

Public / Private, The 2nd Auckland Triennial, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Home Sweet Home, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania, Australia

2003

Home Sweet Home, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

What We Do Here, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

IKI and thanks for all the IKA, Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Portraiture: The Art of Social Commentary, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand

Several exceptionally good paintings, photographs and works on paper, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2001

After Killeen, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Haunted House, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

In Glorious Dreams, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Looking Back, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2000

Wonderlands, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

1998

olklore, Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui, New Zealand

1997

Folklore, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Wet Behind the Ears, Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand

Chain Gang, Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand

Sharp and Shiny, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

1996

Laying it on Thick, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

1995

Everyday Pathomimesis,, University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand

1994

150 Ways of Loving, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Barton, Christina, “Draw a Straight Line and Follow It”. Play On (Catalogue), Adam Art Gallery, 2010, pp 23 - 25.

Bywater, Jon, The White House Years (Catalogue), 2007, Clouds Publishing

Byrant, Jan, Hopkinson, Sarah, ‘Noli Me Legere’, (catalogue), Michael Lett Publishing, pp 11 - 12

Dunn, Megan, ‘There is No Sheltering Sky’, Art New Zealand, Winter 2000, #95, pp 82 - 83

Gardiner, Sue, ‘Delicate balancing act’, Art News, New Zealand, Autumn 2010, p.74 - 75

Intra, Giovanni,(1995), ‘Everyday Pathomimesis’, exhibition catalogue, University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Christchurch, 1997

Intra, Giovanni, ‘From Rubber With Love’. Midwest Ten, 1996, cover and pp 45 - 47

Leonard, Robert, ‘The End of Improvement: In Defence of Ava Seymour’, Art Asia Pacific, no.23, 1999, pp 54 - 59

Leonard, Robert, ‘Ava Seymour; I’m So Green’, Contemporary Visual Arts, no 29, February 2000, p.70

Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

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