Exhibition Opening


Jhana Millers is pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Simon Morris, When each action opens.

Simon is well known in Aotearoa for his tightly geometric, methodical, and richly-­layered paintings whether large-scale wall works, or smaller more intimate works on linen. His painting practice explores the structures and boundaries of abstraction, considering the way that colour and form can activate and inform our sense of a space. Simon’s approach is meditative and frequently mathematical, exploring the possibilities offered by self-imposed restraints of time, scale and pigment.

In his practice, Simon thinks about control and change, about the body and about contemplation, meeting the busy demands of life in the modern world at the moment of painting – they encourage him, and us, to take time, to be still.

A new large scale, site-responsive wall drawing forms the basis of the exhibition, which also brings three similar yet contrasting approaches to painting together for the first time — the subtle dilution of pigment, the accumulation of pigment, and the combining of pigment. All moments of change moving between dark and light, transparent and opaque, separate pigments and one pigment. Sensation between colours. Made in single sessions, or over a period of days, the paintings are grounded in action. Layered time.

Whilst actively exhibiting in other parts of Aotearoa and around the globe, this is the first solo exhibition Simon has had in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, his home town, in a decade. Jhana Millers Gallery is honoured to be presenting this exhibition and looks forward to sharing these works with you.


  • Free


  • Fri 11 Jun


  • 5:30 pm


  • Level 1 Mibar Building
  • 85 Victoria Street, Te Aro
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, 6011