endemicworld Artweek Curation

With so many awesome exhibitions and shows in the Artweek catalogue and so little time, we thought we’d give you a helping hand in deciding what to visit. Endemicworld have selected 10 shows you should not miss, together with a little bit of information from the Artweek website.

Auckland Artweek runs from October 10-18.

Happy viewing!

Oh, and all images used below are linked to their original source


Chancery Square

A diverse selection of arts projects and exhibitions, are popping up for Artweek in spaces at the newly renovated Chancery Square thanks to Pop Up Now.

Shows and events run 10th–18th Oct

Chancery Square Artweek







Until Now

Jessica Pearless

BATH STREET GALLERY, 43 Bath St, bathstreetgallery.com

Show runs 8th–31st Oct Hours: Tue–Fri 10am–5.30pm; Sat 11am–3pm

Artist Talk: Join Jessica Pearless, Gallery Curator Matt Blomeley and Associate Professor Peter Shand, Head of Elam School of Fine Art, for a discussion around the exhibition and on contemporary approaches to abstraction in art. Sat 10th Oct 11am

After Painting by Jessica Pearless feat. at Artweek













Original Drawings: Sculptures/ Paintings/Prints

Michael Smither

ARTIS GALLERY, 280 Parnell Rd, artisgallery.co.nz

Show runs 22nd Sep–11th Oct Hours: Mon–Fri 9.30–5:30pm Sat 10am–4pm Sun 11am–4pm also

Artist Talk Michael Smither: Sat 10th Oct 1pm

Breakwater by Michael Smithers









Gavin Hurley and Sam Mitchell

MELANIE ROGER GALLERY, 226 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay, melanierogergallery.com

Show runs 23rd Sep–17th Oct Hours: Wed 11am–4pm; Thur–Fri 11am–5pm; Sat 11am–3pm

Artist Talk: Sam Mitchell Sat 17th Oct 11am

Gavin Hurley Artweek








Ponsonby + Wynyard Walk

Three walking tours with local history and art afficionado Edward Bennett taking in the art in Ponsonby, St Mary’s Bay and Wynyard Quarter


Sat 10th Oct 2pm–4pm * Sat 17th Oct 2pm–4pm


For bookings: admin@artweekauckland.co.nz


New Works

Owen Dippie

OD GALLERY 545 K’Road, owendippie.com, Sat 10th Oct 6–9pm

Show runs 10th–18th Oct Hours: Sat–Sun 12pm–6pm

Einstein by Owen Dippie








Seven artists produce work in response to the theme of “Sketchy”

4 CROSS STREET GALLERY, 4 Cross St, facebook.com/4crossst

Show runs 10th–18th Oct


Selected Images Made Between 1960 and 1998

Ans Westra

BOWERBANK NINOW, 312 K’Road, bowerbankninow.com

Show runs 14th Oct–14th Nov Hours: Tue-Sat 10am–5pm

Tamariki Ans Westra Artweek













Carwash photo show

Edward Howie, Joe Hockley, Kieran Lowe, Mark Barber, Nigel Roberts, Raymond Sagapolutele, Route52, StJohn and Tim D


Opening: Thu 15th Oct 7pm

Show runs 15th–19th Oct


Linda Holloway & Brendan McGorry

SANDERSON CONTEMPORARY ART, Osborne Lane, 2 Kent St, sanderson.co.nz

Show runs 29th Sep–11th Oct Hours: Mon–Fri 10am–6pm Sat & Sun 10am–4pm

Brendan McGorry and Linda Holloway Artweek








FLOX Live Paint

Watch FLOX transform the Gordon Harris outside wall into something spectacular!

GORDON HARRIS, 4 Gillies Ave, Newmarket, Wed 14th Oct & Thu 15th Oct

Flox Live paint Artweek auckland







Art Films

Special screening of IRIS and Salt of the Earth, followed by a short season of screenings throughout Artweek. See website for details.

THE VIC; CINEMA CAFE THEATRE, 48–56 Victoria Rd, thevic.co.nz

Paid event



Rob Tucker

BETTE’S, 8 Victoria Rd, bettes.co.nz

Show runs Oct 8th–18th Tue–Sun 11am till late

Also: Bette’s will be putting on a special tapas and drinks menu during Artweek for all the art enthusiasts out there.  Mon 4pm til late Tue–Sun 11am til late

A study for a tamarillo and watercress salad supreme by Rob Tucker












Tattoo Aotearoa – New Zealand

Helen Mitchell

The Pah Homestead – TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre

Mon 12th Oct 6–8pm

Show runs 13th Oct–13th Dec

Danielle by Helen Mitchell Artweek Auckland






Walk the Plank: Exhibition by Joe McMenamin

Walk the Plank exhibition by Joe McMenamin opened last night in the endemicworld gallery space and runs until the 7th October. Joe’s work includes a mix of works on paper, board and skate decks, using the mediums of screen print and watercolour.

Thanks to everyone who attended! Below are some shots from the opening night. 


Joe McMenamin artist portrait

Walk the plank Ship board by Joe McMenamin

Shark attack painting by Joe McMenamin

Pirate painting by Joe McMenamin

Octopus painting on board by Joe McMenamin

Hand watercolour prints by Joe McMenamin

Walk the Plank painted decks by Joe McMenamin

Drowning original painting by Joe McMenamin



Visit us at 62 Ponsonby Road to check it all out if you missed the opening night, or view more of Joe’s work online.


Print Pairs: Simple Elegance

This week’s art print pairs is all about simple elegance. In each room, the styling is basic and clean, allowing the furniture and art to do the talking.

We can all get so wrapped up in having the latest nick- nacks and home wares, but sometimes it is more about the perfect placement and grouping of cool things we already own.

I guess you could call it ‘curating’ your own belongings. It leaves more room for art, too!

Sleeveless art print Wild Wagon styled

image: modernhausdesign.com

This little corner screams summer, Pina Coladas and desert road trips. Can’t believe the vibe is created with just a couple of chairs, gorgeous cactus and one bright piece of art! Sleeveless art print by Wild Wagon would also work in this space.

Tangaroa OSLO art print contemporary styled

Image: Mike Tonkin, architonic.com

Stylish and contemporary, this room uses browns to soften it and make it easy on the eye. Where black would be too harsh, it creates a more relaxing vibe. Feat. Tangaroa art print by OSLO

3 Green bottles weston frizzell styled print beach

Image: silkebonde.dk

Achieve the perfect summer hang out space by stripping back your interior to get the holiday bach feel at home. The limited edition Three Green Bottles screen print by Weston Frizzell throws more kiwi design into the equation.

For more awesome art prints, visit us online or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland. 


Solace: an exhibition by Chloe Ruby

Last night endemicworld held the opening of ‘Solace’ exhibition by Christchurch based artist Chloe Ruby.

The exhibition included a range of wood block prints, watercolour and pencil works and will run until the 30th September. Cheers to Chloe and her family who travelled up to AK city for the event, and all those who attended!

For the rest of y’all, here’s some shots from the night. You better get your butts to the next show…


Solace exhibition opening night

Chloe Ruby portrait Solace exhibition

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Chloe Ruby Solace exhibition endemicworld

Cameo woodblock prints by Chloe Ruby

Original pencil drawings by Chloe Ruby

Lighthouse original pencil drawing by Chloe Ruby

Woodblock prints by Chloe Ruby

Woodblock print wall drops by Chloe Ruby

Solace exhibition opening Chloe Ruby

To view art prints by Chloe Ruby, visit us online or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road.



Meet the Artists: Duett Design

Recently, popular NZ illustrator Greg Straight and his wife Hannah joined forces on a new print brand – Duett Design – and dayymmm is the Scandi-geometric Duett aesthetic proving popular! 


Two of the prints in Duett Design’s debut range – Directions and Align (look awesome in a bold black frame!)


Hannah and Greg discuss ideas in their regular Monday meeting – at a fave neighbourhood cafe

We already know lots about your husband Greg Straight (being one of our fave endemicworld illustrators and someone who’s been with us since we started). But tell us a bit more about you, Hannah – and how you came to join forces as Duett Design?

I’m probably Greg’s biggest fan. What a talented guy! I’m also a real interior design enthusiast and have wanted to collaborate with him for a few years now, using him as a kind of medium to get my ideas down on paper. My own graphic design skills are very basic but I have a good eye for design and can spot a trend a mile away, so together we make a great team.

We didn’t really start Duett very intentionally. It all began because I wanted some custom artwork to fit with our living room décor. We started playing around with some geometrics and came up with our Deco Gold print and Mint Maze print, this was the humble beginning, but we showed them to a few people and they all seemed to really love them so we spent a few more long evenings sitting together at Greg’s desk building up a collection. The ideas just seemed to flow, I’d be researching colours, shapes and texture and Greg would interpret my ideas. Sometimes, they would end up quite different from my original concept but I loved that it was a real combined effort. Before we knew it we had an online shop and were getting great support from bloggers and retailers (Endemicworld being the first) so the momentum had built up enough to keep this baby going.



Tell us about a few creatives/designer you are personally inspired by?
For art, I’m a big fan of Inaluxe’s abstract shapes, composition, colour and texture.

I also love furniture designer Tim Webber for the clean lines and simplicity of his pieces.

There are heaps of interior designers and stylists that I get inspired by every day on Instagram. If I named them all it would be a very long list but I’m going to give a special mention to two… Emma Flint from Raw Styling – I wish I had her talents in the product styling department, I think I’d sell a lot more prints. To me it’s just perfection. And of course Michelle Halford (The Design Chaser), her photos are always beautiful and rekindle my love for Scandinavian design each and every time.

What are some of the fave things you have on your own walls at home?
- Our Greg Straight ‘Tikitastic’ screen print – an all time classic, we hung onto the last one in the edition.
- Our three custom Duett prints in natural frames
- Ikea picture ledges, I love to change up how prints are displayed from time to time and these make it so easy!
- Drawings by our son Leo (this boy has his Dad’s skills)
- A photo of our daughter Chloe, when she was about 2 years old
- Our wedding photo – we only have one on our walls but it’s a goodie.
- My round Tim Webber etched edge mirror


Super on-trend and fun decor at Hannah’s workstation

What’s coming up for Duett?
We’ll soon be revealing our new direction for spring/summer. Our minimal, scandi-style prints have been really popular and are reflective of one of my favourite interior styles, but we are not afraid of a bit of colour, especially in the sunnier months. I’ve been really inspired by some beautiful watercolour art lately so we are bringing a touch of that into our new range whilst still remaining true to our geometric foundations.




Exciting little sneak-peek at a few ‘coming soon’ styles from Duett Design!

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
I think our designs would lend themselves perfectly to homeware. I can see some of them working well as rugs, cushions, throws, blankets, duvet covers, pillowcases etc. So yeah, if Freedom wanted to hook up, that would be kind of cool! But seriously, something along those lines, an in-house range with a credible brand such as Citta Design would be amazing.


Hannah and Greg spend Monday mornings working (and being caffeinated) at their favourite local, Manna Cafe

Designers always give the best recommendations – Tell us about a good movie to see, a book to read, a website to check out, a place to visit…
This is a tough question for me! We’re a bit behind the eight ball on TV & movies as we often work in the evenings after the kids go to bed (for example we’ve only just started watching Suits on Netflix).

A website I’m enjoying these days is the Australian version of Houzz www.houzz.com.au (which also covers NZ). It’s a bit like a never, ending copy of Your Home & Garden. The photos are nice and big; there is a good mix of stories covering interiors and architecture as well as a bundle of useful articles full of advice and tips.

There’s also a great new little café in our hood called Manna Coffee & Bread Store (Birkenhead). The décor is scandi-cool (with sidekick stools from Paper Plane), the owner-barrister knows his coffee and the menu is tasty and healthy with many sweet-tasting-but-sugar-free options, I’d really recommend a visit, its been very well thought out. Maybe we’ll catch you there as we’ve chosen it as our ‘Monday morning meeting’ venue where we plan out what needs to be done in the week ahead for Duett Design, Greg Straight Art and another little venture we’ve started working on.


Reflections art print and Assembly art print (available in a range of sizes, framed or unframed)


For lovers of Scandi-monochrome, Hannah and Greg have designed a range of black and white art prints.


We love us some gold foil action!  Nordic Sunset and Deco Gold art print (shown in the yellow colourway, also comes in a mint with pink).

Discover the full Duett Design print collection here
(with even more coming soon!)


Limited edition screen prints by Weston Frizzell

Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell made their mark on the New Zealand design scene by creating the unofficial ‘Supercity’ logo. They are also well known for their take on the ‘Behive’ matchbox logo, and their ‘Three Green Bottles’ screen print promoting their ‘Behave’ wine label.

Earlier in the month we made a mission to visit the studio of Weston Frizzell, and picked up some screen prints straight from the source!

Supercity screen print by Weston Frizzell

Supercity screen print by Weston Frizzell

Behave screen print by Weston Frizzell

Behave Screen print by Weston Frizzell

Supercity and Three Green Bottles are now available onlineTo check them out in the flesh visit 62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.


Meet The Artists: Jenni Stringleman

Our current collection of Jenni Stringleman art (prints and original works) - with their paint-blurred hydrangeas, roses and other blooms – remind us of a summer daydream, like the feeling of slowly falling asleep in the afternoon sun. Jenni says that her art is an expression of joy – and we reckon you can feel that joy, leaping off the canvas in movement and colour. Perhaps part of it is the delight at having recently returned, after many years building a successful career in animation, to her childhood love of painting. It just goes to show – it’s never too late to do a 180, and change directions to follow your passion.



Describe your work in 4 words for us….
Alive, painterly, joyful, thoughtful

You arrived to a painting career after a long and successful background in graphic design and animation. What made you take that leap of faith to pursue something you love, and are you now full-time with your art?There were two things I absolutely loved growing up, art and music. I always thought I’d paint after hours while I worked at a real job, but time proved that to be incorrect! I also thought I’d play the sax in David Bowie’s band, but as of yet that’s not happened either:) I’d lost a couple of people close to me, people who were in my stage of life, and I just had this growing, undeniable feeling that I had to do something more with my life. I wanted to paint some pieces as a legacy to leave to my kids as well, it was really that simple. Joining a local painting group was SO nerve wracking! I really felt sick to the stomach when I had to go that first day. But Robert Campion, (the tutor), and all the other people in the group were so welcoming. Robert taught me so much practical stuff about painting, and gave such encouraging advice that it very quickly become the highlight of my week. I’m a stay at home mum, so I just work off my dining room table, but I’m in a great position now with daycare and school to be able to commit about 30 hours a week to the cause!



What would you say to others wanting to make something they love to do into a full-time career?
Sometimes you can’t for practical reasons. But my feeling is if you get any opportunity don’t wait for the studio, or the gallery. Just create in your own place with the best quality tools you can afford. For me it’s been a very lucky and happy process that some of what I painted people wanted to buy, which meant I could paint more, and it just took on a life of it’s own. And most importantly, I have the support of a good fella and kind friends and family who helped make it possible. But yes, listen to that inner voice nagging you. You have one life, so if you need to create something, you probably should. It is so good for you! My best advice is don’t get yourself into a position when you have heaps of overheads and pressure to perform.


Describe your favourite/ultimate environment in which to paint (music on? time of day? place?)
Music is ALWAYS on, I find a quiet house very freaky! I listen to lots of old 90′s classics like Faithless and Massive Attack when I want to tune out (I know all the words haha), gentle classical if I’m feeling grown up or working on a portrait, and George FM for whole days at a time. The best environment for me right now is at home. I do fancy the idea of a studio, but I don’t need it yet. This way I can jump in and work for an hour here and there if I get the chance. Often with my daughters behind me now, painting their own masterpieces on toilet rolls and shoe boxes!

What has been the highlight of your painting career so far?

Being in the window at Endemic in Ponsonby has been so cool. I get a big grin on! Selling my first piece out of my local cafe (Vauxhall, here in Devonport) and meeting new people from it was lovely.



What are you working on at the moment?
I was just totally into life drawing and painting nudes when I started my career, but my mum asked for a hydrangeas painting, and I thought ‘geez, ok.. just for you mum’, but guess what!? Haha I am now floral queen. I LOVE my flower paintings, which started off fairly realistic, but painterly. Then about 9 months ago I tried something more abstract once Endemic World Gallery got behind me. Their customers are really groovy and love the bright layers of colour, hot neons peeping through the cool greens and blues. It feels like I’ve really found my niche. Some of my current work is created with the palette knife and I’m totally digging it. They’re like deconstructed florals. I usually have a commissioned portrait or two simmering away too. They’re little heirlooms for the families, oil paintings to last for many generations.

What would be a dream collab/project you’d love to do?
ANYTHING with Andrew Salgado would be a dream. He’s a Canadian legend working out of East London. I’ve been lucky enough to get a bit of an online friendship going on, and I just love his work. He was talking of running a residential course out of Venice, that would be amazing.

I’d like to play the sax for David Bowie.


Original Hydrangeas oil painting by Jenni; art print reproduction of the original work (we love how the colours look in a black frame)


Pink Hydrangeas art print; Abstract Hydrangeas art print

Discover all Jenni Stringleman art prints and original oil paintings here 


Print Pairs: Sophisticated Kids

For this week’s print pairs we’ve sourced some trendy rooms for kids and sophisticated art prints to match. Something a little bit different to the black and white we’ve been seeing around of late. There’s nothing wrong with monochrome, it’s just good to give the eyes a little somethin’, somethin’.

Sur Votre Velo bike art print by Greg Straight

image: Mikael Monson Photography 

Why not introduce some french into their little lives, with the Sur Votre Velo art print by Greg Straight. (Other than the ‘French’ words you use when they don’t go to sleep at night) The styling in this room definitely has a nautical, Hamptons feel to it.

Little Owl art print by Ashley Percival

image: Tom Cole, Mini Woonboek

This has got to be one of the most subtle, dreamy kids rooms we’ve seen in a while. Loving the muted tones and gold dots.

This wise looking Little Owl art print by Ashley Percival  would look so cute above the beautiful wooden bed head.

Berg art print by Pencil & Hammer

 image: Patrick Cline

One for the tweens. SUCH an amazing rug, art displayed in a mini gallery wall and a cosy hanging chair. The Berg art print pulls out all those pink hues, and is part of the new graphic range by Pencil & Hammer. TDF.

For more awesome art prints for kids, visit us online or in store at 62 Ponsonby Road, Auckland.