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Artist Shaugn David Briggs

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Shaugn is a self taught artist with a real passion for painting. He specializes mostly in acrylic painting and occasionally works with egg tempera to create down to earth representations of his subjects.


Artist's Statement

I started by following the traditional master painters in oils and developed into working with acrylic and also egg tempera. My current paintings acknowledge images that are strongly identified with New Zealand Aotearoa. I have produced a series of paua shell still life paintings that captured the public imagination and these paintings began my public profile. I also love being out and about reproducing the stunning landscapes of New Zealand Aotearoa. My landscape paintings have captured the sunset over Akaroa Harbour, the snow capped majestic Southern Alps, a storm brewing over Lake Tekapo and the braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains.

I am constantly in awe of nature's beauty and the interplay between the land and sky. This is the motivation behind my paintings.

Biography

I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1970. I am the youngest of 5 children and consequently spent a lot of time by myself as there was a 6 year age gap to the next youngest and a 14 year age gap to the eldest. I was always interested in drawing even as a very young child. It was during my primary school years that I discovered that I was really talented and that other children wanted me to help with their drawing projects. I was fortunate enough to have an artist that influenced my thinking- Natalie Everett (my aunt's mother-in-law). She taught me how to think like an artist and she assured me that artist's blocks do go away!! Although I am largely self taught I have spent many hours studying both traditional and contemporary artists and particularly current New Zealand artists. I have also explored sculpting and have sold several pieces to private collectors. I am involved in teaching stone sculpting around the Canterbury region. I am grateful to my family and friends who have supported me in my art journey.

Resume


1999-2000

Dec 2000

2000-2001

Murals -Private commissions

Bealey Gallery Christmas exhibition - Paua Series sold

Series of paintings based on the buildings of the Arts Centre,Christchurch - Sold privately

Dec 2001

Oamaru stone sculpture commissioned by the community of Packe Street Park

2001-2006

Charity/Fundraising exhibitions

Life Education Trust fundraising

Medbury School fundraising art exhibition

Heaton Intermediate Normal School art exhibition

Champion Centre/Kiddz joint art exhibition

2002-2006

Fisher's Fine Arts Gallery- series of joint artists exhibitions with successful sales

Dec 2006

2007

Merivale Fine Art's Gallery Christmas exhibition

Heaton Intermediate School fundraising art exhibition

Private Commission of Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island

Paintings exhibited at Merivale Fine Arts

Kings College sale of fine arts

2008


2009

Paintings currently exhibited and sold at Bryce Gallery

Friends of Christchurch Symphony Orchestra auction

Paintings exhibited and sold at Bryce Gallery throughout 2009

Private commission series - paintings of the Waimakariri river and district

2010-and beyond

In early 2010 I had major back surgery from an injury that occurred in late 2009. The result of the surgery has made it difficult to work on detailed paintings for long periods of time, and for most of 2010 I could not paint at all.

Combined with that were the many difficulties brought on by the Christchurch earthquakes. I am pleased to say that even though my recovery has been very slow I did manage to do some works throughout that period and I am now producing works to the same standard as I did pre 2010.

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