Denys Watkins

Born 1945 in Wellington, New Zealand

Senior Lecturer: Elam School of Fine Art, UOA 1980 – 2011


Wellington School of Design

Central School of Art and Design, London

Royal College of Art, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013        Fairways and bunkers,  30 Upstairs, Wellington

                Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

2012        Lost in Space,  Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2010        El-dorado,  Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2008        Outside In,  Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2006        OO town,  Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2004        Jungle Book,  Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

                Mumbo Jumbo,  Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

2000        Heavenly Chance, Wellington City Gallery

                Water Colours/Lacquers, Avid, Wellington

Exhibitions also held in London, New York, Auckland Art Gallery, City Gallery Wellington, Bath Street Gallery


2003      Norsewear Art Award

1997      Creative New Zealand Research Grant/ University of Auckland

1994      Moet and Chandon Residency A vize, France

1990      Q.E.ll Arts Council Award

1988      Q.E.ll Arts Council Award

1986      Transfield Prize

1983      Q.E.ll Arts Council Award

1978      South Pacific Travelling Arts Scholarship

1977      Q.E.ll Arts Council Award


2003      Sanskriti Kendra Residency, New Delhi, India

1994      Moet & Chandon Residency, France

1985      Canberra School of Art Residency


Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

Auckland Museum, Auckland

University of Auckland, Auckland

Rotorua City Art Gallery, Rotorua

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Sargeant Gallery, Wanganui

Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

Dowse Gallery, Lower Hutt

Hocken Library, Dunedin

Chartwell Trust Collection

Manawatu Art Gallery

NZI Collection

Rutherford Trust ECNZ

Department of Internal Affairs

United Modern Masters Collection

Fletcher Challenge Corporate Collection

Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Selected Bibliographies

1996      Contemporary New Zealand Painting, Michael Dunn, Craftsman Press

                100 New Zealand Paintings, Warwick Brown, Godwit Press

1991      A concise History of New Zealand Painting. Michael Dunn, Auckland University Press

1990      200 Years of New Zealand Painting, Gil Docking & Michael Dunn, David Bateman Ltd

1986      New Zealand Art, A Modern Perspective, Elva Bett, Reed Methuen

1985      Forty Modern New Zealand Paintings, Francis Pound, Penguin

                An Introduction to New Zealand Painting, Gordon H Brown and Hamish Keith Collins


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