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An exhibition of new paintings by Christina Pataialii opens next week. Please join us on Wednesday 27 July from 5.30pm to celebrate.

Please contact the gallery in advance to register interest and receive a catalogue:

E: PH: 021 225 2283

2018 was a big year for artist Christina Pataialii. She graduated with her Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe, had her first solo public art gallery show, and won two major awards. First was the 2018 residency for a New Zealand artist at Gasworks, London, and secondly, Pataialii is the recipient of the newly established Rydal Art Prize. The Rydal is the newest major contemporary painting prize administered by the Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, awarding Pataialii $20,000.

Common in Pataialii’s paintings is a sense of immediacy. With her direct mark making, building, erasing and scraping the surface, she works across multiple surfaces simultaneously. Pataialii’s painting practice isn’t limited to the canvas but can merge from canvas, on to the walls, occupying space as is needed. Central is Pataialii’s experimentation with painting mediums and the use of common materials. Alongside the use of acrylic paint, spray paint and charcoal, Pataialii often uses house paint to create a spatial push and pull between depth and flatness. She has a closeness with the material—her father was a house painter. We are witness to nostalgia, pop culture, an alternative telling of tales and history. However, the question is whether we will recognise what we are seeing. Pataialii incorporates culturally specific codes, playing on a range of visual languages, and enjoys the ambiguity and layered interpretation that her work can bring, both by medium and composition.


  • Thu 04 Aug


  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm


  • 147 Cuba Street
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington