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Darryn George

Māra #17
Darryn George, 2020
Pastel and acrylic on canvas, 106 x 81cm
Garden of Eden 11.9.19
Darryn George, 2019
Pastel and acrylic on canvas, 45 x 34.5 cm (framed)
Garden of Eden (22.5.21)
Darryn George, 2021
Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas, 1400 x 1870 mm (framed)
Manu (10.3.22)
Darryn George, 2022
Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas, 1060 x 810 mm (framed)
Darryn George, 2011
Oil on canvas, 90 x 200
Waiata Psalm 121
Darryn George, 2012
Oil on canvas, 195 x 195
Waiata Psalm 147
Darryn George, 2012
Oil on canvas, 90 x 120
Clipboard 7
Darryn George, 2013
100 x 150
Clipboard 8, Clipboard 9
Darryn George, 2013
100 x 150

About Darryn George

Darryn was born in Christchurch in 1970 and attended Canterbury School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1993. “I always enjoyed art. At art school I knew it was a privilege to make art each day, but I was conscious that one day I would need to get a real job!”

Once he left art school, the routine of making art continued. Each night after the classes at Teacher’s College, then later, after the classes at Hamilton Boys High (where he taught for 4 years) he would spend the evenings working in the studio. He completed a Master of Fine Arts during this time. He began to develop a visual language combining aspects of his Christian faith and designs from Māori meeting houses, with his interest in international abstraction.

In 1999, Darryn was invited to be part of the “Hiko! New Energies in Māori Art”, exhibition at the Robert McDougall Art Annex in Christchurch, curated by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki. It was here that Peter McLeavey saw Darryn’s work and the conversations began.

Since then he has had a busy exhibition record exhibiting regularly throughout New Zealand and overseas. The highlight of his career to date has been exhibiting in the “Personal Structures” exhibition—a collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2013.

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