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b. 1956, New Zealand

John Reynolds Biography

Contemporary New Zealand artist John Reynolds graduated from the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts in 1980. Until the mid-1990s, his oil stick/acrylic painting seemed to share much in common with Abstract Expressionism, but his search for ultimate ‘truths’ in Reynolds’ work remained playful and speculative. Responding to the abundance of information in the global community in the 21st century, Reynolds sifted through the values and beliefs of numerous cultures and periods in history. Drawing together Greek mythology, Nietzschean philosophy and Herman Melville in a single body of work for example, he suggested that any notion of certainty is questionable. 

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Most recently, he has worked with small canvases with colloquial phrases written with oil sticks. The installation, Clouds (2006), consisted of 7081 canvases with words from the Dictionary of New Zealand English, alluding to a country’s identity shaped by complex, random beliefs, thoughts and values. Reynolds has work in the collection of the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa - The Museum of New Zealand.  

John Reynolds Featured Artworks

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Fire and Ash by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsFire and Ash, 2019Paint marker, pencil and acrylic on unstretched linen
210 x 400 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
PANIC by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsPANIC, 2019Oil paint marker and acrylic on canvas
10 x 10 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
HeadMap Footage #14 by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsHeadMap Footage #14, 2019Oil paint marker and acrylic on canvas
217 x 152 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
HeadMap Footage #13 by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsHeadMap Footage #13, 2019Oil paint marker and acrylic on canvas
217 x 152 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
HeadMap Footage #9 by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsHeadMap Footage #9, 2019Oil paint marker and acrylic on canvas
217 x 152 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
The Second Fall by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsThe Second Fall, 2008Acrylic and enamel on canvas
209 x 184 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
How Fiction Works by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsHow Fiction Works, 2008Oil and acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
How Fiction Works #6 by John Reynolds contemporary artwork
John ReynoldsHow Fiction Works #6, 2008Oil and acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

John Reynolds Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Jin Jiangbo, John Reynolds, Performative Geographies at Starkwhite, Auckland
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14 July–8 August 2020 Jin Jiangbo, John Reynolds Performative Geographies StarkwhiteAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Sampler at Starkwhite, Auckland
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17 April–12 May 2018 Group Exhibition Sampler StarkwhiteAuckland
Contemporary art exhibition, John Reynolds, FrenchBayDarkly… at Starkwhite, Auckland
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3 May–10 June 2017 John Reynolds FrenchBayDarkly… StarkwhiteAuckland

John Reynolds Represented By

Starkwhite contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Starkwhite Auckland

John Reynolds In Ocula Magazine

Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended By Sherry Paik, Auckland

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery)...

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