Paradise Lost | Daniel Solander’s Legacy

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Paradise Lost | Daniel Solander’s Legacy

To coincide with the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Solander Gallery and project partner Embassy of Sweden in Canberra have initiated an exhibition to commemorate the contribution naturalist, Daniel Solander made to New Zealand’s history.

Scientist Joseph Banks employed Daniel Solander, a Swedish botanist and together they collected hundreds of plant species as the Endeavour circumnavigated New Zealand.

As paper was in short supply in 1760’s England, Banks and Solander bought printers proof of Milton’s book Paradise Lost and it was pages from this work that were used to press and dry the first European collections of New Zealand plants.

Ten contemporary New Zealand artists have been invited to respond to Daniel Solander for an exhibition that will open at Solander Gallery in 2019 and then tour nationally and internationally.

The participating artists are, John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland) Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin).

Expect further updates as we delve into the life of Daniel Solander, the botanist and nature’s argonaut.

Special thanks to the National Library of New Zealand and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for the opportunity for artists to view the Banks and Solander collections.

Photography Credit: John Pusateri and Will Bennett





Congratulations to three Solander artists for their selection as finalists in prestigious New Zealand art awards.

John Pusateri selected as a Finalist in the The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) with the work Buho y Calavera, Lithograph, 2017

Jacqueline Aust selected as a Finalist in the The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) with Atlas of Declensions, mono print, dry point, etching and photogravure, 2017

Alexis Neal selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D with Bed of Roses, woven printed paper, 2017

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018 (Waikato Society of Arts) is a nationally significant painting and printmaking award, established, and hosted, by the Waikato Society of Arts. It offers one of New Zealand’s most valuable cash awards for New Zealand artists in the fields of painting and printmaking. The $20,000 prize is very generously sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust and they also purchase the winning artwork for their collection.

This year the invited award judge is the Australia painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell who is also represented in New Zealand by Solander Gallery. Dianne has made a major contribution to the arts community in Australia through her own arts practice, teaching, curating and establishing press and print studios.

The 2018 Molly Morpeth Canady Award – 3D is presented by Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum and Arts. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund, established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife Molly Morpeth Canaday. The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatāne for over twenty-five years.


Jacqueline Aust, Locust Jones and Deborah Klein have all been selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission for 2017.  Each year the Print Council of Australia commissions 10 artists from an open call for submissions to create an edition of prints for the PCA Print Commission, which is then offerered to PCA members, collectors and institutional collections across Australia.

Aiko Robinson has recently commenced a two year scholarship at the Tokyo University of the Arts to study traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Mokuhunga). This prestigious scholarship is awarded by the Japanese Government to only 3 students each year across all disciplines. This is an exciting opportunity for Aiko to extend her interest in the contemporary application of this traditional and demanding artform. Works created during her residency will be on exhibiition at her upcoming exhibition at Solander later in the year.

John Pusateri has just returned from a residency at La Sierra University, California with a solo exhibition at the Brandstater Gallery scheduled this October. John will also be having an exhibition at Solander during 2017.

Locust Jones was invited to take part in the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia  MCA – Conversation Starters series. In this event Locust undertook a five metre drawing over a four hour period in response to a continual news feed of world affairs footage. This raw, physical act of drawing offers a powerful and live translation of the bombardment of news we hear everyday.(Image courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph: Anna Kucera)

John Pusateri | Head Trip | Corbans Estate Art Centre | 22 July – 4 September

Solander artist John Pusateri solo exhibition of portraits opened at Corbans Estate  Art Centre, Henderson, Auckland on 22 July and will run until 4 September 2016.

“Native flora and fauna have frequently featured in the hyper realistic paintings and prints of John Pusateri to investigate environmental preservation and restoration. In Pusateri’s newly developed exhibition, Head Trip the artist shifts his focus towards people, depicting the sitter’s personal and direct relationships with nature and with wildlife.”

For those interested in Art History there will be also be a special talk on New Zealand portraiture with guest lecturer Associate Professor Leonard Bell from the University of Auckland, on Saturday 27 August.

47° South Artist Residency images

Photographs © Graham Fenwick & John Pusateri


During November the five artists selected for the 47° South artist residency journeyed to Stewart Island to begin their research. On arrival the artists were treated to a warm welcome by the Stewart Islanders at a potluck community dinner hosted by the Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust. What followed was a series of experiences provided for the artists by tour operators on Stewart Island that were both astonishing in their beauty and insightful in their presentation.

Special thanks to:

  • Jo from the Stewart Island Promotion Association and Toi Rakiura for their welcome and hospitality at the Community Centre dinner and enthusiastic support for the project.
  • Stewart Island Experience for the thrilling ferry crossings and interesting tour of the Oban village and area; a perfect introduction to the island.
  • Margaret from the Rakiura Museum Trust for a guided tour of the Museum and a fascinating window into the history of Stewart Island.
  • Ulva our guide from Ulva’s Guided Walks, Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary enthralled the artists with wondeful interpretation of this precious bird sanctuary.
  • Ty our Captain aboard Aurora Charters treated us to a tour of Big Glory Bay aquaculture, pelagic birdwatching and fishing for delicious blue cod. Seas were rough but the Aurora was a safe and stable vessel for our adventure.
    Furhana our passionate guide from Ruggedy Range™  Wilderness Experience provided a magical tour of Paterson Inlet, viewing of marine birdlife and a walk to the abandoned Norwegian Whaling Station. The weather was perfect to experience this historic and tranquil location.
  • Thanks to Lee and Allan from Deep Bay Apartments for their in-home hospitality.
  • Graham from Akomoana Lodge for the generous use of his comfortable guest house during our stay and his informed company.
    A special thank you to the children of the Stewart Island Halfmoon Bay School who enjoyed a wonderful morning of printmaking with some of the residency artists.

The challenge is now for the artists to work through their experiences in their studios to create a suite of artworks for exhibition in May 2016 that encapsulates their interpretation of Stewart Island – Stay Tuned.

Taranaki National Art Awards – Margaret Silverwood

Solander Gallery has initiated an artists residency project taking five Solander artists to Stewart Island during November 2015 and culminates in an exhibition of paintings and limited edition print works at Solander Gallery and on Stewart Island opening in May 2016.  From this exhibition works will be selected for a travelling exhibition to tour Regional Galleries and Museums in late 2016 and 2017.

The Artists involved in this project include Auckland artists Jacqueline Aust and John Pusateri, Wellington artist Jacqui Colley and Dunedin artists Jenna Packer and Inge Doesburg. Each artist has a desire to look beyond the immediate representation of landscape and to explore in a more abstracted way, their own personal and emotional response to Stewart Island and its place in New Zealand’s identity.

Stewart Island is a unique and often overlooked part of New Zealand that has had a remarkable history, from Maori settlement, sealing in the early 1800’s, whaling right up to the 1960’s and currently the focus on environmental issues and tourism.  Each of these historical phases has left behind its permanent physical, emotional and cultural mark on the Island. The Island’s isolation has contributed to the retention of many native species under threat in other places in New Zealand. What better place for artists to explore, be inspired, create and imagine.

Solander Gallery would like to acknowledge the generosity and support for 47° South from our project partner, Stewart Island Promotion Association along with the support of Toi Rakiura, the Raikura Heritage Centre, the Stewart Island Community and the Stewart Island businesses.

Australian Print Triennial – Solander Artists

The Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial is a major international art event spearheaded by The Art Vault, Mildura that brings together artists, academics, arts ambassadors and practising printmakers from Australia and overseas to engage in a celebration of art printmaking and its significance in modern Australia’s Art’s culture. A feature of the event is the inaugural Australian Print Triennial Prize, worth over $10,000.

Congratulations to Solander Artists, Jacqueline Aust, Damon Kowarsky and Rona Green on being selected as finalists in this prestigious exhibition.

The winner will be announced Friday 30 October at Art Vault, Mildura.

To view a range of works currently available from the either of these artists go to their profile pages through the ‘Artists’ link.

Jacqueline Aust – Art Vault Residency, Mildura, Australia

Jacqueline Aust is currently at the Art Vault in Mildura, Australia for a three week artist residency. The Art Vault is a magnificent facility! privately owned and operated by Julie and Kevin it’s has a magnificent Australian Print collection, a lovely gallery, 6-7 studio spaces (2-3 specifically for visiting artists), two beautiful apartments and facilities for all sorts of printmaking … Including a stone lithography workshop.

“Mildura is about 5 hours drive from Adelaide on the Victoria/New South Wales border. The Murray River provides the border between the two states. Grapes and oranges abound …. Acre upon acre …. Two hundred miles in any direction and not a sign of a hill! I’ve been in a houseboat on the river, to the Perry Sandhills, to the local billabong (lake, not pub … Although the local brewery does a lovely IPA), and to a variety of salt flats/swamps. People seem quite cagey about questions of industrial/agricultural water use…”

To see more about Art Vault Mildura