Exhibition Opening


Join Sanderson Contemporary for an opening event on Tuesday 13 July, 5.30 - 7.30pm.

Simon Kaan’s work is discernible; contemplative landscapes with split horizon lines, inky washes of colour and reoccurring motifs have become synonymous with his name.

Throughout his artistic career spanning 20 years, Kaan has included circular motifs, describing these as “moon gates or moonbows”. This series of work continues the artist’s exploration of the moon, connecting the sky with land and water. He emphasises his thinking into Te Hā o te Marama, the breath of the moon.

Born in Sawyers Bay in Dunedin in 1971, Kaan has been working for two decades now, since graduating from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 1993. At art school, Kaan specialised in printmaking, a practice he was taught by Māori educationalist and printmaker Marilynn Webb and Barry Cleavin, a maker of etchings.

Wi Taepa is a master of Māori clay art, with a career spanning over 30 years. Taepa is celebrated for his unique practice - his works are predominantly hand built using coil, slab or pinch pot techniques. The artist has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at City Gallery Te Whare Toi Wellington in 2012 and a retrospective in 2018 at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Taepa first showed his work at Sanderson in 2019 - we are delighted to present a new suite of ceramics in Te Hā o te Marama in collaboration with Simon Kaan.


  • Free


  • Tue 13 Jul


  • 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm


  • Osborne Lane, 2 Kent Street
  • Newmarket
  • Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, 1023