exhibition

Jeff Thomson

October 2023

Jeff Thomson’s wide range of creations feature in his new exhibition at the Wharf Gallery, “Domesticity”, where his artwork references craft processes like finger knitting, weaving, and french knitting.

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“One thing I’ve become interested in over the past 20 years is looking at various home-crafts and the associated techniques required in the making of these crafts.

“Weaving, braiding, knitting, finger knitting, lace making and French knitting are some of the things I’ve looked at.

Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023
Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023

“Where I can, I replace the traditional material with corrugated iron and in doing so, make customised machinery and equipment to adapt the process.

Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023
Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023

“I suppose I’ve been trying to domesticate what is often considered a tough un-compromising and stubborn material and create sculptures that are as far removed as possible from corrugated iron’s original function as a cladding, roofing and fencing material.

“This exhibition looks predominantly at sculptures inspired by French knitting.”

Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023
Jeff Thomson sculpture for exhibition at Raglan Wharf Gallery 2023
Jeff Thomson Domesticity exhibition 2023
Jeff Thomson artwork, Mahoe Leaf

Jeff Thomson – “Domesticity” from October 19

Mini Portfolio of Jeff’s art

Knitting

SILKS

Towers

Feathers

Weaving

Jeff Thomson was born in Castor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand in 1957. He has worked predominantly with corrugated iron since he became a fulltime sculptor in 1986. Often working on a large scale and outdoors, his sculptures explore the landscape they inhabit with playfulness and spontaneity.

In 1995, Thomson was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago, Dunedin and in 2000 he was the Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence, Wanganui.

Between 2000 and 2004 a solo exhibition of Thomson’s toured Public Art Museums and Art Galleries in several German cities including Remscheid, Berlin, Lubbecke, Wuppertal and Plauen.

In 2013, The Tauranga Art Gallery instigated a nationally touring survey exhibition of Thomson’s work with the book Corrugations – The Art of Jeff Thomson published to coincide with the exhibition.

Ten of his sculptures are part of Allan Gibb’s internationally renowned Kaipara Sculpture Park, known as “The Farm”. Thomson has participated in nine of the “Sculpture on the Gulf” biennial exhibitions held on Waiheke Island. Thomson lives and works in Helensville, Auckland.

Recent Exhibitions

2016:

50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, Hocken Library Gallery and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

2017 and 2019:

Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke Island, Auckland

2019:

Sculpture in the Botanic Gardens, Auckland

2020:

Bowen Galleries, Wellington

Art Haus, Orakie, Auckland

2021:

North Art, Northcote, Auckland (three person exhibition) with Bev Goodwin and Colin Harris

Selected Public Collections

Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

Christchurch Public Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Hocken Library Collection, Dunedin, New Zealand

Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Collection, University of Otago, Dunedin

Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Vogtland Museum, Plauen, Germany

Woolongong Public Art Gallery, NSW, Australia

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Deutscher MieterBund, Berlin, Germany

Zoologischer Garten, Berlin, Germany