Kazu Nakagawa & Salome Tanuvasa

Kazu Nakagawa

Kazu Nakagawa’s studies were undertaken in Tokyo before immigrating to New Zealand in 1986 (by container ship, so he could ‘feel the distance’ of the journey) where he still lives on Waiheke Island.

Having exhibited extensively, surveys were presented by Te Tuhi and The Dowse Art Museum, and recently exhibitions at the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Christchurch’s Scape. He has also undertaken collaborative projects with fashion designers, poets, composers and film makers. His work is in the Collections of The Dowse Art Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and City of Christchurch, New Zealand Maritime Museum, New Zealand Embassy in Japan, and in numerous private collections in Australasia, UK, USA.

Nakagawa’s Waiheke Library commission was awarded the Overall Supreme Award + Commercial Architectural Excellence Award in 2015.  

Represented by Trish Clark Gallery

Salome Tanuvasa

Salome Tanuvasa is an Auckland-based multidisciplinary artist “Even before graduating ...Tanuvasa was garnering notice for her playful work, most often made in response to her surroundings.” Lucinda Bennett, Art Collector Oct-Dec 2018 Tanuvasa has developed her drawing practice since her MFA graduation from Elam in 2014, and since that time her marks have become stronger, more refined, and more considered. One can’t help but see them as the artist creating her own language – or code – of swirls and shapes. Bearing in mind the fact that certain motifs carry multiple meanings, Tanuvasa seems to consider the ways that meaning can be formed via a language that is entirely visual. Recent exhibitions include: Choose Happiness, Murray Art Museum Albury, Melbourne, AU, 2021; From our Beautiful Square, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2021, Stars Start Falling, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ, 2021; This is Tomorrow, Tim Melville Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2020; Solvent, Endeans Building, Auckland, NZ, 2020; This is a Library , Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, NZ, 2020; Tanuvasa’s work is held in numerous private collections as well as the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, and the James Wallace Arts Trust. Represented by Tim Melville Gallery