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Elisabeth Pointon Biography

Elisabeth is an early-career artist from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. Her work has been exhibited at a number of significant institutions, including the Dowse Art Museum in Te Awakairangi, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi. Elisabeth has a new exhibition coming up with Christopher Ulutupu at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua in November.

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Elisabeth is known for her aerial banners, lightboxes, and large inflatable works, most recently working with Tiffany & Co. for the Auckland Art Fair Projects on a large inflatable text work titled WHOEVER.

Language, accessibility, visibility, and representation are a continued interest in Elisabeth's practice, drawing on her experiences in the workplace and in the art world. She riffs on advertising devices — banners, blimps, signage, and flailing tube men. The phrases she favours — 'BIG DEAL.', 'SPECTACULAR.', 'WAY TO GO.' — are the effusive language of sales floors and workplace affirmations. The full stop is often employed by Elisabeth to complete the titles of her works – indicating the end of a conversation, the beginning of a new thought or a space to breathe.

An important element of Elisabeth's practice is institutional critique. She responds to the failings or limitations of galleries, gallerists, and curators in ways pointed and subtle. As a queer woman of colour, she recognises that artists like her are still shown relatively infrequently by public institutions, and are constantly at risk of being side-lined or tokenised. Elisabeth creates works that are bold and outlandishly grand, seizing opportunities to occupy the most space that she can, and pushing the limits of what an early-career artist can achieve.

Elisabeth has a large inflatable work, BIG WIN., in our current exhibition, THE BIG THREE, and we are looking forward to working with Elisabeth and the team at Yu Mei on a collaborative project for TENT in the Yu Mei lounge in Newmarket in November. TENT is a new Art Weekend taking place throughout Aotearoa and online and presented by the team who deliver the Aotearoa Art Fair.

Text courtesy Jhana Millers.

Elisabeth Pointon Featured Artworks

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Portrait of Blue Pool Noodle (Just Beautiful) by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Elisabeth PointonPortrait of Blue Pool Noodle (Just Beautiful), 2021Oil and gold leaf on board (framed), with gold plaque and pool noodle
57 x 180 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
Portrait of Yellow Pool Noodle (Just Wonderful) by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Elisabeth PointonPortrait of Yellow Pool Noodle (Just Wonderful), 2021Oil and gold leaf on board (framed), with gold plaque and pool noodle
57 x 180 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
Portrait of Green Pool Noodle (Just Remarkable) by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Elisabeth PointonPortrait of Green Pool Noodle (Just Remarkable), 2021Oil and gold leaf on board (framed), with gold plaque and pool noodle
57 x 180 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
Portrait of Red Pool Noodle (Just Brilliant) by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Elisabeth PointonPortrait of Red Pool Noodle (Just Brilliant), 2021Oil and gold leaf on board (framed), with gold plaque and pool noodle
57 x 180 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
WORTH IT. by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork sculpture
Elisabeth PointonWORTH IT., 2021LED light box with vinyl
62 x 27 x 12 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
PARADISE. by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork sculpture
Elisabeth PointonPARADISE., 2021LED light box with vinyl
62 x 27 x 12 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
THERE IS AN ARTWORK IN ALL OF THIS. by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork sculpture
Elisabeth PointonTHERE IS AN ARTWORK IN ALL OF THIS., 2021LED light box with vinyl
62 x 27 x 12 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery
THERE IS AN ARTWORK IN ALL OF THIS. by Elisabeth Pointon contemporary artwork sculpture
Elisabeth PointonTHERE IS AN ARTWORK IN ALL OF THIS., 2021PVC inflatable ball pit, plastic balls and pool noodles
300 x 300 x 160 cm
Jhana Millers Contact Gallery

Elisabeth Pointon Recent Exhibitions

Elisabeth Pointon Represented By

Jhana Millers contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Jhana Millers Wellington

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