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SHANE COTTON
(Nga Puhi: Ngati Rangi, Ngati Hine, Te Uri Taniwha)
Born 1964, Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Shane Cotton’s paintings explore his dual Maori and European cultural heritages. Drawing from global popular culture and tribal tradition, Cotton’s works participate in an international dialogue while being grounded in the stories and customs of the Tai-tokerau region of Northland; as such, they are increasingly regarded as significant visual documents in New Zealand’s emerging bicultural identity.

After graduating from art school at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, in 1988, Cotton first came to national prominence in 1993 with a series of sepia-toned paintings depicting everyday objects (including cooking pots, pot plants, bowler hats, boats and tea cups), whose primary source was the nineteenth-century painted Maori meeting houses. Widely exhibited throughout New Zealand and Australia, works from this series were included in Localities of Desire at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 1994.

Cotton was awarded the prestigious Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1998, spending a year reflecting deeply on his family’s Northland history. Many major works incorporating the painted word came from around this period, including the magisterial Eden to Ohaeawai, which details his whakapapa or genealogy, and Kenehi III, which conflates Maori and European spiritual traditions. A major survey exhibition of Cotton’s work was shown in 2003 at City Gallery Wellington and the Auckland Art Gallery. In 2004, Cotton’s works were included in Paradise Now? at the Asia Society Museum, New York, and in 2005 he represented New Zealand at the Prague Biennal.

Among Cotton’s many awards are the Seppelt Contemporary Art Award (1998) and the Te Waka Toi Award for New Work (1999). His works are included in many major collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery; the Chartwell Collection; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

BIOGRAPHY
1964 Born Upper Hutt, New Zealand
1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, NZ
1991 Diploma in Teaching, Christchurch College of Education, Christchurch, NZ
1993 Lecturer, Te Putahi-a-Toi, Maori Visual Arts, Massey University, NZ
Lives in Palmerston North, NZ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Shane Cotton, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2006 Shane Cotton, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Shane Cotton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2005 Pararaiha, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 Shane Cotton Survey 1993–2003, curator Lara Strongman, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
2003 Shane Cotton Survey 1993-2003, curator Lara Strongman, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
Shane Cotton: Recent Painting, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Shane Cotton: Paintings, curator Ewen McDonald, SOFA Gallery, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Shane Cotton: New Paintings, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
2002 Powder Garden, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Birds Eyes Views, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2001 Blackout Movement, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
New Paintings, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
2000 Te Timatanga: From Eden to Ohaeawai, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
1999 New Painting, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Shane Cotton, Hocken Library Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin
New Paintings, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
New Paintings, Mori Gallery, Sydney
New Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
1998 Local, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Shane Cotton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
1997 New Painting, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Square Style, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1996 New Painting, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
1995 Shane Cotton: Recent Paintings, curator Penny Swann, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Te Ta Pahara, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Shane Cotton: Recent Paintings, Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne
Ta Te Whenua, Manawatu Art Gallery Palmerston North; Fisher Gallery, Auckland
1994 New Works, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland
New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
1993 Collections: New Work by Shane Cotton, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
1992 Strata, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
1990 Nature Forms Myth, Last Decade Gallery, Wellington

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 The Story of Australian Printmaking 1801–2005, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial 2007, curator Victoria Lynn, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
2006 Nuclear Reactions, curator Paco Barragan, Caja de Burgos Art Centre, Burgos, Spain
2004 Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, Asia Society Museum, New York, US
2003 Empathy: Beyond the Horizon, curators Marketta Seppala and Imants Tillers (Pori Art Museum and Frame, The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Finland), Artspace, Sydney
Emerging Artists of the Nineties, 10 Works from the Fletcher Trust Collection, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
2002 Koru and Kowhaiwhai: The Contemporary Renaissance of Kowhaiwhai Painting, curator Helen Kedgley, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua
Taiawhio: Continuity and Change, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
2001 Home & Away: Chartwell Collection, City Gallery Wellington
Taranaki Te Maunga, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Still Life, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
Colin McCahon’s time for messages, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Leaping Boundries, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Empathy: Beyond the Horizon, curators Marketta Seppala and Imants Tillers, Pori Art Museum and Frame, The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, Finland
Techno Maori: Maori in the Digital Age, curators Deidre Brown and Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, and Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua
Purangiaho: Seeing Clearly, curators Ngarino Ellis and Ngahiraka Mason, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Good Work: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, curator Justin Paton, Dunedin Public Art Gallery; City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
Te Maunga Taranaki: Views of a Mountain, curators Gregory Burke, William McAloon, Hanna Scott and Darcy Nicholas, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Alive!:Still Life into the 21st Century, curator Zara Stanhope, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
2000 Eloquent Polarities: The Chartwell Collection - Recent Acquisitions, Auckland City Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance, curators Te Miringa Hohaia, Gregory O’Brien, Paula Savage and Lara Strongman, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
Te Ao Tawhito/Te Ao Hou – Old Worlds/New Worlds: Contemporary Art from Aotearoa New Zealand, Art Museum of Missoula, Montana, US; Maui Arts and Cultural Centre, Hawaii
Canterbury Painting in the 1990s, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Darkness and Light: Looking at the Landscape, touring Victorian regional galleries to McClelland Art Gallery and Sculpture Park; Benalla Art Gallery; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Geelong Art Gallery; and to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Text and Image, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
1999 Group Show, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, US
Shane Cotton Colin McCahon Tony Fomison Max Gimblett, Gow Langsford Gallery at Ace Gallery, New York, US
Wonderlands: Views on life at the end of the century, at the end of the world, curators Gregory Burke and Hanna Scott, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
The Raising of the Noxious, curator Gregory Burke, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Word: Artists explore the power of the single word, curator Linda Michael with Peter Tyndall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Manufacturing Meaning: The Victoria University Art Collection in Context, curator Stuart McKenzie, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
Home and Away: Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art from the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton; City Gallery Wellington, Wellington; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
1998 Wake Naima, Centre Culturel Tjibaou, New Caledonia
Takeaway symbols, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Skywriters and Earthmovers, Robert McDougall Art Annex, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards 1998, curator Linda Michael, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
FISI, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Fundraising Exhibition, High Street Project, Christchurch
Black & White, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Leap of Faith: Contemporary New Zealand Art, curator Gregory Burke, Govett Brewster Art Gallery New Plymouth
Dream Collectors: One Hundred Years of New Zealand Art, curators Ian Wedde, John Walsh and Alexa Johnston, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
1997 Now Showing: Artists Go to the Movies, curators Robin Neate and Stuart McKenzie, The Film Centre, Wellington
1996 Patua, City Gallery, Wellington
Seven New Zealand Artists, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne
Into the Light, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North
1995 Stop Making Sense, curator George Hubbard, City Gallery, Wellington
Korurangi: New Maori Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
A Very Peculiar Practice: Aspects of Recent New Zealand Painting, curator Allan Smith, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington
The Nervous System: Twelve Artists Explore Images and Identities in Crisis, curator Allan Smith, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; City Gallery Wellington
Korurangi: New Maori Art, curators George Hubbard and William McAloon, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
1994 Five New Zealand Artists, Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne
Te Puaroa, Shed 1, Wellington
Parallel Lines: Gordon Walters in Context, curator William McAloon, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
Taking Stock of the 90s, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
Taiawhio: The Coming Together, Page 90, Porirua
Localities of Desire: Contemporary Art in an International World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1993 Opening Exhibition, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Te Hau A Tonga, Te Taumata Gallery, Auckland
Groundswell, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North
Christmas Show, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Christmas Show, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland
1992 Tracts, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland
Te Kupenga, CSA Gallery, Christchurch
Latent Realities, McDougall Art Annex, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Canvassing South, Gow Langsford Gallery, Wellington
Motif/Motive, CSA Gallery, Christchurch
Shadow of Style: Eight New Artists, curated by Gregory Burke and Robert Leonard, City Gallery Wellington, Wellington; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Prospect Canterbury ’92, curators Neil Roberts and Lara Strongman, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
He Toi Tutanga Na Ngaa Toa o Te Whare Waananga o Waitaha: An exhibition of work by past and present students of Maori descent from the School of Fine Arts, curator Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Christchurch
1991 Kohia Ko Taiakaka Anake, National Art Gallery, Wellington
Preparations: 25 Canterbury Artists, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Recognitions, curator Lara Strongman, McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch
He Toi Tutanga Na Ngaa Toa O Te Ware Waanaga O Waitaha: An exhibition of work by past and present students of Maori descent from the School of Fine Arts, School of Fine Arts Gallery, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Shane Cotton, Barnard McIntyre, Peter Robinson, Gow Langsford Gallery, Wellington
1990 New Works (with Peter Robinson), Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Christmas Show, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
1989 Wilkins & Davies Young Artist of the Year Award, CSA Gallery, Christchurch; Auckland Society of Arts Gallery, Auckland
1987 Young Contemporaries, CSA Gallery, Christchurch

AWARDS
1986 Bickerton-Widdowson Memorial Scholarship
1998 Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship
Sawtell-Turner Prize in Painting
Irwin Allen Hunt Scholarship
Frances Hodgkins Fellowship University of Otago, Dunedin
Seppelt Contemporary Art Award for visual arts, Museum of contemporary Art, Sydney.
1989 Wilkins and Davies Young Artist of the Year
1991 Te Waka Toi Projects Grant
1999 Te Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi/Te Waka Toi Award for New Work

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
Chartwell Collection, New Zealand
College House, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
Wellington City Council, Wellington

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Victoria Lynn, ‘Sheer presence’, catalogue essay, Shane Cotton, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
‘Shane Cotton’, catalogue essay, turbulence: 3rd Auckland Triennial 2007, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, 2007, p. 62
William McAloorn, ‘Meet me by the rabbit: Jim Barr & Mary Barr Collection’, Art & Australia, vol. 44, no. 2, summer 2006, pp. 267–271
Sue Gardiner, ‘New Cotton works’, Artnotes, Art Monthly Australia, no. 194, October 2006, p. 44
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House/Thames & Hudson Australia, Melbourne, 2006
‘Shane Cotton: Pararaiha’, Nichigo Press, August 2005, p. 40
Tracey Clement, ‘Shane Cotton’, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 12–18 August 2005, p. 27
‘Shane Cotton’, What’s On, The Art Newspaper, July–August 2005
Lara Strongman (ed.), Shane Cotton, City Gallery Wellington, Trustees of Parihaka Pa and Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2001
Susette Goldsmith (ed), Te Maunga Taranaki: Views of a Mountain, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2001
Good Work: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 2001
Te Miringa Hohaia, Gregory O’Brien and Lara Strongman (eds), Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance, City Gallery Wellington, Trustees of Parihaka Pa and Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2001
Ngahiraka Mason and Ellis, Ngarino, Purangiaho: Seeing Clearly, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, 2001
Techno Maori: Maori Art in the Digital Age, City Gallery Wellington and Pataka Museum, Porirua, 2001
Blair French, ‘Crossing the Tasman: The work of Gordon Bennett and Shane Cotton’, Postwest, no. 16, 2000
Simeon Kronenberg and Ngahiraka Mason, Darkness and Light: Looking at the Landscape, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria, 2000
Justin Paton, ‘Homing in’, Shane Cotton: Te Timatanga: From Eden to Ohaeawai, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 2000
Sandy Adsett and Cliff Whiting (eds), Mataora/The Living Face: Contemporary Maori Art, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, in association with Te Waka Toi, 1999
Jim Barr and Mary Barr, ‘Shane Cotton’, Home and Away: Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art from the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, and David Bateman Ltd, 1999
William McAloon, ‘Stirring the pot: Recent paintings by Shane cotton’, Art New Zealand, no. 90, 1999
Nicholas Thomas, Possessions: Indigenous Art/Colonial Culture, Thames and Hudson, London, 1999
Imants Tillers, ‘Locating Shane Cotton’ Art AsiaPacific, no. 23, 1999
Linda Tyler (ed.), ‘Shane Cotton’, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin, 1999
Elizabeth Caldwell (ed.), Skywriters and Earthmovers, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, 1998
David Eggleton, ‘History under canvas’, New Zealand Listener, 12 December 1998
Blair French, ‘Shane Cotton: Painting at the heart of the matter’, Seppelt Contemporary Art Awards, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1998
Robert Leonard, ‘Shane Cotton’, Art/text, no. 63, 1998
Ian Wedde et al., Dream Collectors: One Hundred Years of Art in New Zealand, Te Papa Press, Wellington, 1998
Jim Barr and Mary Barr, ‘Shane Cotton: Mana from history’, World Art, no. 15, 1997
Louise Garrett, ‘Exhibitions: Wellington’, Art New Zealand, no. 83, 1997
Charles Green, ‘Shane Cotton’, Artforum, November 1997
Ewen McDonald, Shane Cotton: Square Style, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 1997
Robin Neate and Stuart McKenzie, Now Showing: Artists Go to the Movies, Exhibitour, Wellington, 1997
Sian Daly, ‘Show champion’, Monica, October–November, 1996
Michael Dunn, Contemporary Painting in New Zealand, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1996
Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, ‘Korurangi/Toihoukura: Brown art in white spaces’, Art New Zealand, no. 78, 1996
William McAloon, ‘Amidst seas and skies: Casino art in Auckland’ Art AsiaPacific, vol. 3, no. 4, Sydney, 1996
Gregory O’Brien, Lands and Deeds: Profiles of Contemporary New Zealand Painters, Godwit Press, Auckland, 1996
Warwick Brown, 100 New Zealand Paintings by 100 New Zealand Artists, Godwit Press, Auckland, 1995
Richards Dale, ‘Insider/outsider: A report from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’, Art New Zealand, no. 77, 1995
Bernice Murphy, Localities of Desire: Contemporary Art in an International World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1995
Justin Paton, ‘Exhibitions: Christchurch’, Art New Zealand, no. 76, 1995
Justin Paton, ‘For tangled times’, New Zealand Listener, 8 July, 1995
Peter Shand, ‘Time spent in four chambers: A very peculiar practice’, Art New Zealand, no. 77, 1995
Allan Smith et al., A Very Peculiar Practice: Aspects of Recent New Zealand Painting, City Gallery, Wellington, 1995
Allan Smith, The Nervous System: Twelve Artists Explore Images and Identities in Crisis, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1995
Susan Smith, Ta te whenua: Shane Cotton & Robert Jahnke, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, 1995
Penny Swan, Shane Cotton: Recent Painting, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1995
John Daly-Peoples, ‘Exhibitions: Auckland’, Art New Zealand, no. 72, 1994
George Hubbard, ‘Buy culture’, Planet, no. 13, 1994
Allan Smith, ‘Shane Cotton’, Art & Text, no. 49, 1994
Luke Strongman, ‘Something in the pot: Luke Strongman talks to artist Shane Cotton’ Midwest, no. 5, 1994
Jane Sayle, ‘Exhibitions: Wellington’, Art New Zealand, no. 68, 1993
Allan Smith, ‘The surfaces of style’, Art New Zealand, no. 66, 1993
Gregory Burke and Robert Leonard, Shadow of Style: Eight New Artists, City Gallery Wellington and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1992
Blair French, ‘A choreography of form: The paintings of Shane Cotton’, Art New Zealand, no. 60, 1991



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