Denys Watkins


b. Wellington: 1945

Lives and works in Auckland

Denys Watkins is a highly respected contemporary artist with a career spanning 5 decades. He taught as a senior lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1980-2011 and his work is held in several major collections throughout Australasia. He began his studies at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design from 1962-64, and then in London at both the Central School of Art in 1967, and the Royal College of Art from 1968-70. He has been awarded multiple scholarships throughout his career, and was the recipient of the Artist in Residence programme at the Canberra School of Art in 1985, and the Sanskriti Foundation Residency in India, 2003. Recent exhibitions include a retrospective of his paintings from 2004 — 2016, Dynamo Hum, at COCA, Christchurch and Gus Fisher, Auckland


Education

Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom, 1970

Central School of Art and Design, London, United Kingdom, 1967

Wellington School of Design, New Zealand, 1964


Teaching

Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand: 1980 – 2011


Selected Exhibitions
2018

Dynamo Hum, COCA, Christchurch

Anticlockwise, Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Stop the world from spinning, KNULP Gallery, Sydney

2017

Dynamo Hum, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Origin of the Species, Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Parlour Projects, Hastings

2016

Painting: A Transtive Space, St Paul St Gallery, AUT University, Auckland

2015

Dissolving Empire, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

The Cedar, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland

2014

Prince Philip Movement, RM Gallery, Auckland

2013

Fairways and bunkers, 30 Upstairs, Wellington

Porous Moonlight, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland

2012

Lost in Space, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

Snakepit, Auckland

2010

El-dorado, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

Mary Newtown Gallery, Wellington

2008

Outside In, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2006

OO town, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

2004

Jungle Book, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland

Mumbo Jumbo, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

2000

Heavenly Chance, City Gallery, Wellington

Water Colours/Lacquers, Avid, Wellington

1999

Heavenly Chance, City Gallery, Wellington

Big Night Out, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

Water Colours/Lacquers, Avid, Wellington

1998

Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland

1995

A Very Peculiar Practice, City Gallery, Wellington

Stop Making Sense, City Gallery, Wellington

1992

Home Made Home, City Gallery, Wellington

1991

Parkland, Hawkes Bay Art Museum

1990

Parkland, Auckland Art Gallery

200 years of Landscape Painting, Auckland City Art Gallery

1986

Conten/Context, National Art Gallery, Wellington

1976

New Zealand Drawings, Auckland City Art Gallery

Awards & Residencies

Sanskriti Kendra Residency, New Delhi, India, 2003

Norsewear Art Award, 2003

Creative New Zealand research grant, 1997

Moet & Chandon Residency, France, 1994

Q.E.ll Arts Council Award, 1990, 1988, 1983, 1977

Transfield Prize, 1986

Canberra School of Art Residency, 1985

Waimairi National Print Award, 1982

South Pacific Travelling Arts Scholarship, 1978

National Bank Art Award/Watercolour, 1978

Te Awamutu Drawing Prize, 1975

British Council Scholarship, 1968–1970



Art Fairs

Hong Kong, 2015

Sydney, 2013

Auckland, 2011, 2016

London, 1989


Collections

University of Auckland

Rotorua City Art Gallery

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Sargeant Gallery

Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

The Dowse, Lower Hutt

Hocken Library, Dunedin

Chartwell Trust Collection

Manawatu Art Gallery

NZI Collection

Rutherford Trust ECNZ

Department of Internal Affairs

United Modern Masters Collection

Fletcher Challenge Corporate Collection

Australian National Gallery


Selected Bibliographies

Dynamo Hum: Denys Watkins: Selected Paintings 2004 – 2016, Rim Books, 2017

Contemporary N.Z. Art, 3. Caughey, Gow. David Bateman Ltd, 2002

Contemporary New Zealand Painting, Michael Dunn, Craftsman Press, 1996

100 New Zealand Paintings, Warwick Brown, Godwit Press, 1996

A concise History of New Zealand Painting. Michael Dunn, Auckland University Press, 1991

200 Years of New Zealand Painting, Gil Docking & Michael Dunn, David Bateman Ltd, 1990

New Zealand Art, A Modern Perspective, Elva Bett, Reed Methuen, 1986

Forty Modern New Zealand Paintings, Francis Pound, Penguin, 1985

An Introduction to New Zealand Painting, Gordon H Brown and Hamish Keith Collins