Lonnie Hutchinson
Saturday, September 7, 1963
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Lonnie Hutchinson was born in 1963 and grew up in Mt Roskill in Auckland, New Zealand. Lonnie is of Ngai Tahu, Samoan and European descent and works in the fields of drawing, sculpture, installation and moving image. She completed a Bachelor of 3D Design from Unitec in 1997 followed by a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Christchurch College of Education. In 2000, she was the first female artist awarded the prestigious Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies residency programme at the University of Canterbury and was also a recipient of the first International Indigenous Art residency in 2003 at the Banff Art Centre, Alberta, Canada. Spatial consideration and the formal qualities of materials are primary to her practise. Lonnie is increasingly driven by research into her Maori and Polynesian heritage with particular focus on women’s customary arts and practises. Her work has featured in many national and international exhibitions including Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom, ifa Galerie Berlin Germany (2016) Black Bird (Survey show) Gus Fisher Gallery Auckland. Dowse Museum, Wellington (2015) Home AKL, Auckland Art Gallery (2012). Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2010). Dateline- Contemprary Art from the Pacific, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NKB), Berlin, Germany (2007). TransVersa, Museo de Arte Contemporane, Galeria Metropolitana, Santiago, Chile (2006). Mo Tatou: Ngai Tahu Whanui, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (2006). Face Value; Video Portraiture from the Pacific, Ivan Dougerty Gallery, Sydney, Australia, (2005). Te Puawai O Ngai Tahu, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch (2003). Purangiaho – Seeing Clearly, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (2002). Hiko! New Energies in Maori Art, Robert McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch (1999) As well as a prolific exhibiting career both nationally and internationally, she has been awarded a number of international residencies and awards and has made work for numerous large scale public commissions. Her work belongs in a number of international, private and public collections including the Auckland Art Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery, University of Victoria Wellington, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, The New Zealand High Commission and The Chartwell Collection.
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