“The imagery Gossage brings forward is expansive on one plane, yet lit by her inner world” Ngahiraka Mason, Artand, 2014
Star Gossage produces hauntingly beautiful figurative works connected to the land, often using elements of the earth: clay, soil, lime and tar mixed with pigments. While drawing inspiration largely from her Maori heritage, she also draws influence from Australian painters Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Arthur Boyd. Star was the recent recipient of the prestigious 2014 New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.
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, both in highly successful solo exhibitions, as well as group exhibitions, most recently as part of the important Five Maori Painters at Auckland Art Gallery. Her works are held in public collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and the University of Auckland Collection.