Tony Holmquist


Tony Holmquist – Recurring Systems

May 21st – June 12th
Opening Reception Wed May 20th 4.30 – 6.30 pm
All welcome – meet the artist

 Tony Holmquist at Art at Wharepuke
Tony Holmquist was first prize winner of Art at Wharepuke’s 3rd international open submission printmaking competition and is coming to Wharepuke as a resident artist and install his new show Recurring Systems.

Details for the next  Open Submission printmaking show.

tony holmquist - artist in residence NZ

Tony is an assistant professor in the Department of Art & Design at Fort Lewis College Durango, Colorado, USA and has worked in printmaking for his entire career.

He exhibits his work around the world at galleries and shows such as the International Print Center of New York, the National Arts Club, the Art at Wharepuke International Print Show and the International Miniprint Finland Triennial.

Tony is also a musician who researches, interprets, and disseminates old-time music through the fiddle, banjo and guitar. He won first place in the banjo competitions at the 2014 Central Rockies Old-Time Music Festival and the 2013 Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old-Time festival.


Tony has received several awards for his work, including the Honourable Prize of Miniprint Finland (2014), the Juror’s Award (first place) at the Wharepuke International Printmaking Show in New Zealand and the Juror’s Award (second place) at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.

John Robinson – Printmaking Residency

John Robinson – Printmaking Residency

John Robinson came to Wharepuke here in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands to do a nontoxic printmaking residency with Mark Graver in December 2014.


John Robinson printmaking residency

John has worked for 9 years as the Technical Officer in Printmaking at the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart. He has taught with TAFE, Adult Ed, and community based printmaking groups, has over 20 years’ experience in commercial printing and recently established Moving Creature studio, an open access printmaking studio in Lindisfarne, a suburb on the Eastern shore of Hobart.

John has been gradually instigating changes within the University Printmaking studio towards non-toxic processes and gained a scholarship to study at Wharepuke with Mark to hone some of the acrylic based methods available.

John and his wife Pauline managed a weekend away camping after the course and explored the Cape Reinga region (the top of NZ), beaches and our native forests.

Since returning to Hobart John has been further experimenting and preparing for a new academic year where the students will be further introduced to nontoxic printmaking.

Mark and John are now discussing future projects and further possible links that can be made between Wharepuke, the University of Tasmania and Moving Creature studio.


Michelle Mayn- Artist in Residence

Michelle Mayn has been one of our artists in residence that we have had here at Wharepuke. She was here for 3 1/2 months using one of the artists studios on a self directed residency

Michelle Mayn is a New Zealand fibre artist using both natural and modern fibres. She uses traditional Maori weaving techniques often mixing materials to produce new and exciting textures and colour combinations on modern bags or highlights on more traditional kete (basketry). 


In her latest works the subtle hues and textures of plant fibres such as tree fern, Kapok, rush and lichen are highlighted in a simple little rourou(food container) made of Harakeke/New Zealand Flax from fibres harvested here at Wharepuke. 

NZ artist residencies Michelle Mayn


Michelle’s blog can be found at Michelle Mayn Fibre Artist


Irena Keckes

Irena Keckes – Woodcuts


15th Dec – 4th Jan
open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pm
Irena Keckes

Irena Keckes is an artist and arts educator, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She was born in Croatia, where she gained BA in Art Education and Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb (2000). Irena earned Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts (2005). Currently, she is completing PhD with Creative Practice at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (2011- present).

As part of her doctoral research project integrating theory and practice, Irena has created large-scale woodcut prints, and researched the links among ecologically informed Buddhism, and non-toxic and expanded forms of print.

Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at eighteen independent, and numerous group exhibitions; these included the Tallinn Triennial of Drawing (2012), Kyoto Art Festival (2012, 2014) and International Mokuhanga Exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts (2014).

She has been an artist in residence in Japan (2000) and Korea (2005), and an active member of several art associations including Croatian Association of Artists (since 2001) and Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (since 2014).

Irena presented an academic poster and portfolio at the Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee (2013) and an academic paper at the 2ndInternational Mokuhanga Conference in Tokyo (2014).

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, she has been teaching Printmaking and Drawing academic projects to undergraduate students, since 2011.



My art has been informed by a strong desire to work in the media of print in particular within the field of contemporary, ecologically responsive printmaking. Over the past twelve years I have lived and worked in diverse scholastic, artistic and intellectual environments. Moving through the myriad of cultural worlds made an impact on my practice.

My recent research has been exploring if and how some of central Buddhist notions, such as interconnectedness or causality, may inform ecologically mindful printmaking. The interest in this topic and approach to print practice grew from my previous training in traditional Japanese water-based woodcut that originally involves non-toxic methodologies. Takingmokuhanga (Japanese woodcut) as a starting point, merging apparently disparate theories, philosophies, methodologies and processes, one of the main sequels of my work has been to represent one example of expanded printmaking.

In some instances I have extended my practice by detaching print off the walls and moving into the space, and in others I exhibited carved plates and wooden shavings as sculptural objects alongside the prints. I have shifted the main focus away from controlling the final outlook of the print to the processes of making itself. Expanding the scale of my plates also created a platform for a more intense exploration of the phenomenological aspects of my work, reconciling intellectual and physical actions of printmaking processes. Through an idea that making is thinking, and thinking is making, my work also has been investigating art/craft as an indivisible concept, as evident in three of my independent presentations in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Woodcut print installation the Unlimited Resonance of Repetition (2012), consisted of ten three meters long woodcut prints suspended from the ceiling. These large prints were created in Japanese water-based woodblock printmaking method, and explored the notion of repetition embodied in the process or carving as well as in printing. Some of the wooden matrices were installed on the floor of the gallery in juxtaposition with prints. The Presence of Absence installation (2013) consisted of carved wooden plates and wooden shaves arranged on the walls and floors of the gallery. By creating a “carpet” of wooden chips the works in this show unveiled the idea of impermanence: the wooden shaves were once the plates. In my doctoral exhibition, Mindful Repetitions (2014), I presented 14.5 meters long print that surrounded the space of the gallery. As part of this installation, the 240x480cm large print was installed on the floor of the gallery.

Mark Graver – Forty Four Sounds

Mark Graver – Forty Four Sounds

June 4th – June 30th
Gallery open 7 days 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Digital print, HD video, sound installation

Forty Four Sounds is a text based, print,video,sound installation . The text was arrived at through a random selection of previously chosen words and phrases. The soundtrack was then composed from samples of forty four found sounds. There are 44 frames/prints and the video lasts for 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

The work and its process references Dada poetry and sound and the chance compositions of John Cage.

The work can be realised in a number of formats. The main feature of the Art at Wharepuke show will be an installation of 44 digitally printed text panels with the video available to view on an digital screen.

The work has previously been exhibited in an outdoor sculpture park as a print installation and in the Pushing Print exhibition in Margate, UK as a print related video work.

Forty Four Sounds from Mark Graver on Vimeo.

Nontoxic Printmaking workshop – with Mark Graver

Acrylic Resist Etching workshops- Copper and Aluminium

Saturday May 11th – copper  – 10.00 am – 4.00pm
Sunday May 12th
aluminium- 10.00 am – 4.00pm

Nontoxic Printmaking Workshop


Workshops at the Wharepuke Print Studio with Mark Graver – author of Non-Toxic Printmaking, (2011, London, A&C Black)
Saturday 11th will focus on etching copper, Sunday 12th on etching Aluminium.  While technically similar the two metals give very different results.  Copper is suited to finer line work and tonal variations while aluminium suits a more expressive painterly approach.  The workshops will cover plate preparation, applying acrylic resist hard ground, safe etching using metal salt solutions and printing with nontoxic water based inks.  No acids or solvents are used in the studio.

Workshop fee – $130.00 per person per day -No experience is necessary.All materials are supplied.
Workshops are at The Wharepuke Print Studio, 190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Places are limited, bookings essential – please contact Mark Graver for further information and to book

Accommodation is available onsite. Please mention ” nontoxic printmaking workshop” for special rate.

Compact Prints- International Touring exhibition

Compact Prints

Compact Prints at Art at Wharepuke
Compact Prints at Art at Wharepuke

May 7 – May 28
Gallery open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pm

Curated by Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Australia.
2012 marked the 10th anniversary of Compact Prints presented by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts. This unique international biennial print exchange and touring exhibition has grown in reputation and size since its conception in 2002.
Compact Prints 2012 features the works of North Queensland’s printmaking talent, alongside national and international artists, displayed in framed in CD jewel cases. There is a comprehensive overview of the range of printmaking possibilities by 166 artists from 21 countries.
This small sized art invites close inspection of the range of themes displaying a variety of traditional and digital works including relief, intaglio, serigraph and new media printmaking, Compact Prints 2012 is a collection of stunning work from our global community of printmakers.

For the first time in 2013, Umbrella Studio travels their signature, biennial exhibition to Galleries, Universities and exhibition venues around the world.  Following exhibitions in Australia and at two other NZ galleries Compact Prints 2012 tour arrives at Art at Wharepuke before going on to Singapore.
The exhibition includes work by past graduates and current students from North Tec Kerikeri’s BAA Visual Arts Degree course.

Artist in Residence -Alice Burns

Alice Burns will be artist in residence at Wharepuke from April 25th – May 21st
Alice Burns lives and works in Northern Ireland. She graduated BA Hons, Fine and Applied Art, 1st Class, from the University of Ulster, Belfast, NI in 2010 and Post Graduate Diploma, Art in Public, 2012. Her artistic practice currently explores the associative and fragmentary nature of traumatic memory.

A key element of her practice is a dialogic process that mediates recollection, through which she creates objects offering multiple representations of non-verbalised past trauma. This calls for a multidisciplinary approach that uses process and materials selected by the artist as authentic in relation to the narrative.
“Connections” five works on paper
Using Braille as a starting point these five works explore possible connections to unspoken traumatic memory. Each piece is part of a larger narrative concerning trauma and death.

During her artist residency at Wharepuke Alice will be working with Mark Graver in his Nontoxic Printmaking workshop.

Parallel Prints at Impact 8 and V&A Museum

Parallel Prints to be presented at Impact 8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee, Scotland, and taken into collection by V&A Museum, London

The concept behind ‘Parallel Prints’ is to present the same exhibition simultaneously in the UK and New Zealand.
Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to be viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world. This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique. Which venue is showing the ‘real’ work? Which the reproduction?

Curated and coordinated by Mark Graver in NZ, ‘Parallel Prints’ will feature the work of 12 diverse artists presented in a Solander boxed set with 12 framed prints for hanging.
Each artist will contribute one work on 300 x 300mm paper.
‘Parallel Prints’ will be exhibited in New Zealand at Art at Wharepuke, Kerikeri from July – September 2013 and at a venue to be decided in the UK.
In the UK venue there will be a QR code that links to a video recording of the Wharepuke exhibition allowing the audience to encounter both exhibitions at once. It is also planned to have live web video streaming of the New Zealand exhibition available.

Mark Graver has been invited to present the project as an Open Portfolio at the international printmaking conference Impact 8 to be held in Dundee, Scotland at the end of August.
The V&A Museum will be taking a set into its collection and it is proposed to offer the collection to other major institutions around the world.

Representing the broad diversity of current printmaking process and practice the artists involved are:
Anne Desmet, Chris Pig, David Ferry, Duncan Bullen, Gill Golding, Mark Graver, Jo Love, Margaret Ashman, Sandy Sykes, Stephen Mumberson, Timo Lehtonen, Weimin He

Trilateral at Art at Wharepuke Gallery

Alice Burns, Chris Davis, Shauna McGowan
April 5th – May 1st
Gallery Open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pm
Trilateral presents the work of 3 printmakers from Northern Ireland.

The exhibition features a diverse range of printmaking techniques from collagraph to screen printed leather hides. The artists are all connected to the Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor Northern Ireland and this exhibition continues the connection between Seacourt and the Wharepuke Print Studio which began in 2009 when Mark Graver travelled from Wharepuke to run an acrylic resist etching workshop at Seacourt. Previous exhibitions at Wharepuke featured the work of the Seacourt members and Trilateral was instigated at the suggestion of Robert Peters the Seacourt director.

Seacourt Print Workshop