Star Gossage

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Star Gossage
NationalityNew Zealand
EducationOtago Polytechnic School of Art
Movementexpressionism, impressionism, surrealism
AwardsArts Foundation New Generation Award (2014)

Star Gossage (born 1973) is a New Zealand painter. In addition to painting, her practice includes theater, film-making, poetry, and sculpture. While referencing European movements such as expressionism, impressionism and surrealism, her work incorporates Māori concepts such as whānau and whakapapa.[1]


Her ancestor Rahui Te Kiri was evicted by the British from Little Barrier Island in 1896[2]

Gossage is of Ngati Manuhiri/Wai, Ngati Ruanui, French, English and Portuguese descent and the great-great-granddaughter of Rahui Te Kiri and daughter of the artists Peter and Tilly Gossage.[3] Her Māori heritage is core to her work and following her graduation in 1995 she returned to her ancestral home in Pakiri, north of Auckland, to establish her current home and studio.


In 1995, Gossage received a Diploma of Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic School of Art. During her studies, she experimented with a wide variety of media including film and theater production (including play-writing) and was inspired by, and worked with, other innovative young Māori art students.[4]

Exhibitions and collections[edit]

Gossage received critical acclaim for her 2014 exhibition Five Maori Painters at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki,[5] exhibiting alongside Robyn Kahukiwa, Kura Te Waru Rewiri, Emily Karaka, and Saffronn Te Ratana.[6] With regular exhibitions in New Zealand and throughout the world, her work is held several collections including at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, James Wallace Arts Trust, and University of Auckland.[7]

Awards and residencies[edit]

In 2014 Gossage won the Arts Foundation's New Generation Award[8] and was nominated for the Singapore Signature Art Prize from Singapore Art Museum.[9] Gossage participated in the Mana Moana residency in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2016, part of a cultural exchange between Hawaii and New Zealand, and supported through the Creative New Zealand International Indigenous Artform Exchange.[10]


  1. ^ "Star Gossage". The Arts Foundation. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  2. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Rahui Te Kiri Tenetahi with her daughter". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Art New Zealand". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Exhibition | Star Gossage - Page Blackie Gallery". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ^ "TIM MELVILLE GALLERY · ARTISTS · STAR GOSSAGE". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Five Māori Painters". Auckland Art Gallery. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Star Gossage". The Arts Foundation. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ "New Generation Awards". The Arts Foundation. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ Museum, Singapore Art. "Singapore Art Museum". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Mana Moana: A Collective Regard". Retrieved 9 September 2017.

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