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Saskia Leek


Born 1970, Christchurch, New Zealand

Education

1984-1988  Linwood High School, Christchurch New Zealand
1989-1992  Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
2009  Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, NZ

Awards and Residencies

2005  New Zealand Artist in Residence, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
2000  Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Visiting Artist Programme, Dunedin
1997  Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Slopes, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Rooms, Darren Knight, Sydney, Australia

2016
Couch News, Ivan Anthony, Auckland

2015
Common Densities, Hamish Mckay, Wellington

2014
Clay Lakes, Ivan Anthony, Auckland
Sailing Seasons, Darren Knight, Sydney, Australia
Casual Arrangements, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch

2013
The Colour Course, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Peace Leaves, Ivan Anthony, Auckland
Desk Collection, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

2012
Fruit Subjects, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Desk Collection, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

2011
A Modern Menu, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2010
Yellow is the Putty of the World, The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery
Yellow is the Putty of the World, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2009
Various Nights in Heavy Light,  Darren Knight, Sydney, Australia

2008
Magic Hour, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Thick Air Method, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2007
Tunnels, Nets and Holes, Darren Knight, Sydney, Australia

2006
Drifters, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Pictures of the Lumpen Sun, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2005
Point of Vanishing, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Putting to Sleep Fierce Beasts, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Drifters, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

2004
Secrets of Invisibility, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2003
This Is Not the End, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Dare to Lose to Win, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

2002
Forget the Dead You've Left, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Forget the Dead You've Left, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Forget the Dead You've Left, City Art Gallery, Wellington
Be My World, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2001
Underwood, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Kindle Me Protect My Barren Matter, a Cuckoo Project, Room 401, Auckland

2000
Outcome of Probability, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Ghost Painting, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin

1999
New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
New Painting, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

1998
Wrestling Pictures, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Birdlife, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland Sleepy Hollow, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

1997
Little Helper, Teststrip Gallery, Auckland
Pink Furniture, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

1996
New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Slack Flags, The Concrete Deal Project, James Smith Car Park Building, Wellington

1995
The Kid, Teststrip Gallery, Auckland
Filthy Claws, The High St Project Gallery, Christchurch

1994
Mist Sweetie, The High St Project Gallery, Christchurch

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Undreamed of… 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

2015
Multiple Show, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
Collectors Space, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia
First Show, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2014
CHOICE, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2012
The Berlin Years, with Isobel Thom, Hamish McKay, Wellington

2011
Small Things, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Saskia Leek, Isobel Thom, Ronnie van Hout, Michael Harrison, Hamish McKay, Wellington

2010
fragments figments and frogs, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2009
Optimism, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

2008
Diena Georgetti, Michael Harrison, Saskia leek, Ricky Swallow, Hamish McKay, Wellington
Better Places, curated by Melissa Keys - Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia

2007
Every colour by itself, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

2006
A Winter Exhibition, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Tall Tales & History Lessons, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

2005
Dealing Kindly With Insects in the Home, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A
A Winter Exhibition, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Home Sweet Home, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
World Famous in New Zealand, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
Small World, Big Town, the City Gallery, Wellington
Main Trunk Lines, the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington

2004
Home Sweet Home, National Gallery of Australia Melbourne
Some Forgotten Place, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, U.S.A
Ampersand, the High St Project, Christchurch

2003
Good Sport, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Put Out More Flags, A Cuckoo Project, Arch Hill Gallery, Auckland

2002
The Tomorrow People, Lord Mori Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A
Flora and Fauna, Room 401, Auckland
Past Presents, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

2001
Bright Paradise The Inaugural New Zealand Triennial, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland
The Tomorrow People, The Physics Room, Christchurch

2000
Inheriting the Netherlands, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
Rubik, First Floor, Melbourne, Australia
Multiples, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Text and Image, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
In Glorious Dreams, The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

1999
Gruesome, The Robert McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch
2020 Revisioned, COCA Gallery, Christchurch
Visa Wallace Art Awards, The Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland
Wonderlands, The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Auckland

1998
Peep, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

1997
Now Showing, The Film Centre, Wellington
Signs of the Times, City Art Gallery, Wellington
Communion, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
Gregor, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch

1996
Pins and Needles, Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
Group Show, 23A Gallery, Auckland
Oestrogen Rising, Artspace, Auckland

1995
Hangover, Waikato Museum of Art and History

1994
Screen, The High St Project Gallery, Christchurch
Picture Book, The High St Project Gallery, Christchurch
Striptease, Teststrip Gallery, Auckland

1993
From Liquid Darkness, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
Stories of Elegance, The High St Project Gallery, Christchurch

1992
Home and Away, Ritchies Contemporary Gallery, Christchurch

1991
On Building Bridges, C.S.A Gallery, Christchurch
On Building Bridges, A.S.A Gallery, Auckland

Collections

Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand
Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Selected Illustrations, Catalogues and Page-works

By Publication Name

Bright Paradise, Catalogue, The 1st Auckland Triennial, Auckland City Art Gallery, 2001
Eighth Annual Wallace Art Awards, Catalogue, Wallace Trust Gallery, Auckland, 1999
Ghost Painting, Catalogue, Justin Paton, Dunedin City Art Gallery, Dunedin, 2000
Gruesome, Catalogue, The McDougall Contemporary Art Annex, Christchurch, 1999
Hangover, Catalogue, D.P.A.G, Govett-Brewster, Waikato Museum, 1995
In Glorious Dreams, Catalogue, Hannah Scott, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Inheriting the Netherlands, Catalogue, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
Landfall#201, Cover Illustration and Artists Portfolio, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2001
Log Illustrated#3, Cover Illustration, The Physics Room, Christchurch, Summer 1998
Past Presents, Catalogue, The Museum Of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 2002
Pins and Needles, Catalogue, Bishop Suter Gallery, Nelson, 1995
Ready Mix, Catalogue, The Concrete Deal Project, Wellington, 1998
Signs Of The Times, Catalogue, City Gallery, Wellington, 1997
Sleepy Hollow Catalogue, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, 1999
Text and Image, Catalogue, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland
The Tomorrow People, Catalogue, The Physics Room, Christchurch, 2001
What Now, Catalogue, The High St Project, Christchurch, 1997

Selected Bibliography and References

By Author

Amery, Mark. "Stylishly Relevant", Sunday Star Times, Oct 19th 1997
Amery, Mark. "Mediating Between Modern Art Forms", Sunday Star Times, Mar 2nd 1997
Bywater, Jonathan, "Bringing It All Back Home", Visit Govett-Brewster Gallery Magazine, July 2001
Bywater, Jonathan, "What Now", Art and Text #53, 1998
Caldwell, Elizabeth, "What Now", Art New Zealand, 1996: 42-43
Conland, Natasha, "Saskia Leek: Drifters In Residence", Contemporary Visual Arts & Culture Broadsheet, March-May 2006
Corner, Kate, "Imagination an Antidote", Cityvoice, May 20th 1999: 4
Eggleton, David, "Cult Encounters", The Listener, Dec 21st 1996: 42-43
Garrett, Louise, "Wellington Round-up", Art New Zealand #83 Winter, 1997
Intra, Giovanni, "Hangover" Art and Text #54, 1996
Lonie, Bridie, "Dunedin Round-Up", Art New Zealand #67, 1996
Miles, Anna, "The World Of Leek", Visit, GBAG Magazine, Summer/Autumn 2006 Paton, Justin, " Op Shop Arcadia", The Listener, Jan 16th-22nd 1999:38-39
Paton, Justin, " Critics Choice", The Listener, Feb 10th-16th 1996: 44
Paton, Justin, " Autumn Diary", Art New Zealand #91 Winter, 1999: 32
Paton, Justin, " Graduation Day", More, Feb 1996: 106,124
Paton, Justin, " Low Job", Art New Zealand #80 Spring, 1996: 38-41
Paulli, Dorothee, " Christchurch Round-Up" Art New Zealand #84 Spring, 1997: 38-39
Porter, Gwynnth, " Among Other Things", Log Illustrared#3 Summer, 1998: 32-33
Scott, Alan, " 1997 The Arts in Review", The Press, Dec 31st 1997
Tolson, Danielle, " Saskia Leek", Art New Zealand #84 Spring, 1997: 64-65
Usher, Robyn, "Bad Girl Art Comes Of Age", The Press, Jun 1998
Usher, Robyn, "Urban Grunge" The Press, Sep 13th 1995
Were, Virginia, " Ghost World", Art News Autumn, 2003: 42-43