• Pauline Rhodes

‘The Ocean Paintings refer to a lifelong love of the sea and to my ongoing transient placements in the intertidal zones of Aotearoa. I hope to bring more awareness and appreciation of the world’s oceans and to their fundamental importance to all life on earth. There are concerns for its present state of pollution and to the warming which is a driving factor in our rapidly changing climate.’ Pauline Rhodes, March 2024

Pauline Rhodes is a New Zealand artist born in Christchurch in 1937. She is known for her artworks related to the landscape.

In 1959 Rhodes attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts part-time. She moved to Wellington in 1960 and took the Basic Studies Art Course at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design. In 1961 she moved to Westport and lived there until 1965. From 1965 to 1969 Rhodes travelled to Africa and Europe. She lived in Nigeria for 18 months where she worked on terracotta sculpture, pottery, and bronze casting with a traditional bronze caster. From 1967 she lived in Kent, England and travelled around England, Wales and Scotland, returning to New Zealand by way of Greece and India.

In 1971 Rhodes enrolled part-time again at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts and completed her Diploma in Fine Arts (Sculpture) in 1974. She attended Teachers College in 1976 and taught part-time briefly but stopped to focus full-time on her art practice. Although she did not have her first exhibition until 1977 when she was 40, Rhodes soon became established with projects in public galleries throughout New Zealand In 1987 Rhodes was the first recipient of the Olivia Spencer Bower Residency.

Because her work is largely temporary and site-specific, few of Rhodes’ works are held in public collections. One large sculptural work, Extensum/Extensor (1982), is in the collection and currently on display of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The artist stipulated that the work could only be purchased if she could personally control how it was presented in future. Both Te Papa and the Christchurch Art Gallery hold drawings by Rhodes and photographic recordings of her outdoor works.

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