Star Gossage

‘Gossage communicates an evolved intuition that is older than her years and in her painting is able to imagine, point to and paint places where dreams and secrets intersect.’ – Ngahiraka Mason, Star Gossage: Tona Whatumanawa Maori

‘Sometimes her fingers become brushes, other times she gathers materials like tar, lime and earth from the family land and mixes these into the paint.’ - Lisa Reihana, Art New Zealand, number 118, 2006

Gossage draws inspiration from her ancestral land; the coastal landscape of rural Pakiri, north of Auckland, where her people have resided for centuries and where she currently works and lives. Her paintings reveal the shifting nature of emotion and memory, journeys of loss and endurance and her close relationships to family and her Maori heritage. Gossage produces dreamlike landscapes and figures, often depicted with floral adornments, which are imbued with a personal energy that she draws from her Maori ancestry.

Star Gossage graduated from the Otago Polytechnic, in Dunedin, New Zealand with a Diploma of Fine Arts in 1995 and since then, has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand, including the important and critically acclaimed 'Five Maori Painters' at Auckland Art Gallery in 2014. Her works are held in public collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, James Wallace Arts Trust and the University of Auckland Collection. In 2014 Gossage received the prestigious ‘New Generation’ Award from the New Zealand Arts Foundation.

[ To view Star Gossage's CV click here ]

Reia, 2015
oil on board
100 x 75cm