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b. 1968, New Zealand

Gavin Hipkins Biography

Gavin Hipkins’ photographs and films consider the ability of the camera to simultaneously capture the reality of the world and the deceptions and illusions of utopian fictions. 

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In 2010 he started making fragmented narrative short films that call on nineteenth-century literary references and adapts these writings to contemporary settings. His projects engage film as a cinematic art that blurs definable genres between drama, documentary, art films, and experimental narrative structures.

Some selected exhibitions include 2012 Armory Film, The Armory Show, New York, USA. 2011 Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography, Austrian Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, Austria. Recontres Internationales: Nouveau Cinema & Art Contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Flights of Fantasy, New Zealand International Film Festival 2010; Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Hipkins completed a BFA in photography at the University of Auckland (1992) and has work in the collections of many major art museums in Australia and New Zealand.

Exhibition view: the body and its outside, Michael Lett, Auckland (2 June–2 July 2021). Courtesy Michael Lett. 

Gavin Hipkins Featured Artworks

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Profile 10 by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsProfile 10, 2021Silver gelatin print
83 x 67 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
The Fall by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsThe Fall, 1993Unique c-type print
343.5 x 8.9 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Block Sculpture VI by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture VI, 2017Unique-state archival print
40 x 23 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Block Sculpture XIII by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture XIII, 2018Unique-state archival print
80 x 45 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Block Sculpture X by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture X, 2018Unique-state archival print
60 x 34 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Block Sculpture XXI by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture XXI, 2017Unique state archival pigment print
30 x 17 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Block Sculpture XX by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture XX, 2017Unique state archival pigment print
50 x 28 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Block Sculpture XVIII by Gavin Hipkins contemporary artwork
Gavin HipkinsBlock Sculpture XVIII, 2017Unique state archival pigment print
40 x 23 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire

Gavin Hipkins Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, the body and its outside at Michael Lett, Auckland
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2 June–3 July 2021 Group Exhibition the body and its outside Michael LettAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Black White at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
14 December 2019–25 January 2020 Group Exhibition Black White Hamish McKayWellington
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Unsold at Hamish McKay, Wellington
Closed
24 November–22 December 2018 Group Exhibition Unsold Hamish McKayWellington

Gavin Hipkins Represented By

Hamish McKay contemporary art gallery in Wellington, New Zealand Hamish McKay Wellington
Michael Lett contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Michael Lett Auckland
Starkwhite contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Starkwhite Auckland
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