Artist: Luke Calder

Artist Profile

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Luke Calder

My work explores notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and invite viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share. The works are both abstract and familiar and in a state of constant change as is the land they represent.

I only started exhibiting in 2012 although I have had numerous commission prior to this. My first group show saw my work sold before the opening of the exhibition and limited edition pieces have sold consistently well. From a young age I have always enjoyed creating artworks and have a number of sculptural pieces on permanent display. In 2000 I won a Council sponsored competition to create a memorial for the floods in Queenstown (1878 & 1999). In 2002 I was a member of the NZ Snow Carving Team and competed in the International Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan. In 2009 I was commissioned, along with fellow artist Shane Woolridge, to create a large Schist stone sculpture for a private collector. I am represented by galleries in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. My work appears in private collection in New Zealand, Australia and USA and has two large works on permanent display at the University of Otago. I have qualifications in Signwriting and a BDes from AUT. My work is a perfect collaboration of these skills and fulfills my passion for computer aided design and ‘getting my hands dirty’.

I was born in Auckland in 1967 where I studied and worked until 1998 when I relocated to Queenstown. After 15 years in the Wakatipu I moved, with my family, to Dunedin where I currently live.

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