Wildlife paintings, portraits & pet portraits by New Zealand Artist Karen Neal


Delighted to be partaking in a group exhibition of talented bird artists at Zealandia  


I'm honoured to be having a solo exhibition at Zealandia EcoSanctuary, one of my favourite places to visit and capture photos of our native birds for reference for my artworks.

Pictured just after hanging the exhibition at Zeaalndia (left), and at the Opening following news of the winning award in Dundin...

Tasman National Art Awards, Mapua

Absolutely thrilled to be awarded a Merit Award in the Tasman National Art Awards with my Takahe scratchboard
"Back from the Brink"

The depiction of the Takahe is an astonishingly skilfully handled example of the notoriously difficult scraperboard technique, usually a black and white medium, cleverly augmented with coloured inks to create the wonderful iridescence of the wing feathers. Its dramatic lighting demonstrates exquisite control of light/chiaroscuro and conceptual restraint in using iridescent colour only in the wing of the bird. The colour used only in the wing leads our eye up to the uncoloured head that gave the optical illusion that there was colour.

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The Tasman National Art Awards is being held in Mapua at the Community Hall, until 12th October.
Please see their website for more information and to see the other award winners.

Other photos from the exhibition, including my pastel paintings "Winter Preening" & "Boss... Incoming"

tui pastel at tasman national art awards

Tasman National Art Awards exhibition 2019

Tasman National Art Awards exhibition 2019

Group Exhibition - Parliamentary Buildings, Wellington

Sooo thrilled to be included in this group exhibition with 7 other very talented bird artists! It will be held at Parliamentary buildings, Wellington. Artists contributing are Carol Theologo, Melissa Boardman, Chris Helliwell, Niels Meyer-Westfeld, Judi Lapsley Miller, Hannah Shand & Rachel Walker.

Artists are electing to donate a percentage of our sales back to conservation groups who are working tirelessly to bring back our native birds to our beautiful country. I’ve chosen the Hutton’s Shearwater Trust in Kaikoura whose colony was severely effected by the recent earthquakes.
10% of my sales in this exhibition donated to the Huttons Shearwater Charitable Trust, Kaikoura

The exhibition is open to the public 2 days a week, but if you’re in Wellington I can recommend a parliamentary art tour which takes in art throughout the Beehive and Bowen House, including this gallery - details on the parliament website. I did this tour and found it fascinating!

Some photos from the Opening Night...

5 new scratchboard original artworks (above)
and two pastels are included in the exhibition (bellbird above, and fantail below)

Photo credits to Linton Miller & Jakob Neal

Green Party MP Eugenie Sage (host of the exhibition at Bowen House), at her opening speech

Prints also available from the artists (displayed in drawers)



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