Shane Cotton

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Shane Cotton, Needlework. [1]

Shane Cotton, ONZM (born 3 October 1964) is a major New Zealand painter. Born in Lower Hutt with Ngapuhi iwi affiliations, he studied at the Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1988. He then lectured at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Following this he was the recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, and his work is highly sought after that. He has received the Seppelt Contemporary Art Award from Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been exhibited at many leading galleries in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Spain and Prague.[1]

Cotton's work evocatively includes both Maori iconography and culture, such as shrunken heads, mokomokai, and native birds such as tui, and European symbols and items. His paintings have explored questions of colonialism, cultural identity, Maori spirituality, and life and death.[2]

Many of his paintings go into depth of primitive ideas especially through Maori whakapapa.


  • ONZM (Officer of the said Order), for services to the Visual arts
  • 2008 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award
  • 1999 Te Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi/Te Waka Toi Award for New Work
  • 1998 Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship; Sawtell-Turner Prize in Painting; Irwin Allen Hunt Scholarship; Frances Hodgkins Fellowship University of Otago, Dunedin; Seppelt Contemporary Art Award for visual arts, Museum of contemporary Art, Sydney.
  • 1991 Te Waka Toi Projects Grant
  • 1989 Wilkins and Davies Young Artist of the Year
  • 1986 Bickerton-Widdowson Memorial Scholarship

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014 Baseland, Christchurch City Gallery & Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch
  • 2013 Shane Cotton: the Hanging Sky Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW & City Gallery Wellington & Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
  • 2012 Shane Cotton: the Hanging Sky, IMA Brisbane; Smoking Gun, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2011 Supersymmetry, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland
  • 2010 Smashed Myth, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney; New Work, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland; To and Fro, Rossi Rossi Gallery, London
  • 2008 Coloured Dirt, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
  • 2007 Shane Cotton, Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Red-Shift, Sherman Galleries, Sydney; Helgoland,[3] Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
  • 2006 Shane Cotton, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington Shane Cotton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
  • 2005 Pararaiha, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
  • 2004 Shane Cotton Survey 1993–2003, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland
  • 2003 Shane Cotton Survey 1993-2003, City Gallery Wellington; Shane Cotton: Recent Painting, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland; Shane Cotton: Paintings,SOFA Gallery, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch; Shane Cotton: New Paintings, Brooke-Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
  • 2002 Powder Garden, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington; Birds Eyes Views, Mori Gallery, Sydney
  • 2001 Blackout Movement, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland; New Paintings, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
  • 2000 Te Timatanga: From Eden to Ohaeawai, Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
  • 1999 New Painting, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch; Shane Cotton, Hocken Library Gallery, University of Otago, Dunedin New Paintings, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington & Mori Gallery, Sydney & Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
  • 1998 Local, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington; Shane Cotton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
  • 1997 New Painting, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch; Square Style, Mori Gallery, Sydney
  • 1996 New Painting, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland; New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
  • 1995 Shane Cotton: Recent Paintings, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Te Ta Pahara, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch; Shane Cotton: Recent Paintings, Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne; Ta Te Whenua, Manawatu Art Gallery Palmerston North; Fisher Gallery, Auckland
  • 1994 New Works, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland; New Painting, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
  • 1993 Collections: New Work by Shane Cotton, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
  • 1992 Strata, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
  • 1990 Nature Forms Myth, Last Decade Gallery, Wellington


  1. ^ "Artist Profile: Shane Cotton". Sherman Galleries. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shane Cotton". Hamish McKay. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Helgoland". Brooke Gifford Gallery. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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