Overview

Paul Maseyk (b.1974) lives and works in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Working full-time as an artist since 1998, he makes highly decorated, complex ceramic work and paintings that are held in many public art galleries around New Zealand and internationally.

 

Maseyk is a distinct voice in contemporary ceramics in Aotearoa. While on the one hand his work speaks to the history of ceramics and ceramic techniques; the other hand determinedly raises a sly middle finger to conventionality as he navigates between ceramics, painting, and sculpture. Some works appear more as totems than vessels, their sheer size dwarfing and demanding attention. Others are like small obscure creatures, their gaping orifices punctuated with sharp teeth resembling the hopeful mouths of some tropical carnivorous plants. Even a classic Greek vase is transformed into something otherworldly with its odd proportions and appendages, and minutely detailed illustrations of animals, architecture, and anatomies.

Exhibitions
Works
Biography

Solo Exhibitions:

- Paul Maseyk: Potter_Painter. Nadene Milne Gallery. Christchurch, New Zealand. 2018.

- Exposed. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. 2017.

- Commando Maseyk and the Toolheads. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand.  

  2015.

- A chequered past and a colourful history. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand 2014.

- One Pot Wonder. Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2014.

- Paul Maseyk - Naked. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. 2012.

- Paul Maseyk - New Work. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2011.

- Paul Maseyk - Ceramics and Drawings. Draw Inc. Hamilton, New Zealand. 2011.

- Ahead of myself. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. 2010.

- Paul Maseyk - New work. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2009.

- Paul Maseyk - New work. Evan Hughes Gallery. Sydney, Australia. 2009.

- Paul Maseyk - American work. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2008.

- Paul Maseyk Exit Show. Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Helena, Montana.

  United States of America.  2008

- Alter-ego(s). Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2007.

- Start spreading the news…Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. October, 2006.

- It's all Greek to me. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. February 2006.

- Anonymous amongst millions. Milford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. 2005.

- Paul Maseyk - Driving Creek residency ceramics. Masterworks Gallery, 

  Auckland, New Zealand. 2004.

- Paul Maseyk - New work. Avid Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. 2004.

- Pegs. Start Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. 2003

 

 

Group Exhibitions:

 

- State of play II. The Vivian. Matakana, New Zealand. 2017.

- Spring Catalogue. Milford Galleries Queenstown. Queenstown, New Zealand. 2017.

- The Review. Milford Galleries Queenstown. Queenstown, New Zealand. 2017.

- Studio 18-D. Milford Galleries Dunedin. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2017.

- New Works. Milford Galleries Dunedin. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2017.

- Show and tell. Milford Galleries Dunedin. Dunedin, New Zealand. 2017.

- Happy days - Paul Maseyk and Peter Ireland. Kina Gallery. New Plymouth, New Zealand.

  2017.

- Five. The Vivian. Matakana, New Zealand. 2014.

- A friend in deed. Waikato Museum. Hamilton, New Zealand. 2014.

- National Contemporary Art Award. Waikato Museum. Hamilton, New Zealand. 2014.

- Fetish. Rayner Brothers Gallery. Wanganui, New Zealand. 2014.

- The Obstinate Object: Contemporary New Zealand Sculpture. Wellington City Gallery.

  Wellington, New Zealand. 2012.

- Summer: sky above, earth below. The Sculpture Park. Hamilton, New Zealand. 2011.

- Looksee. Small Works Gallery. Brisbane, Australia. 2011.

- Men of clay. Rayner Brothers Gallery. Wanganui, New Zealand. 2011.

- Two potters, two glass artists and a man with a pencil. Quay Gallery, Wanganui Information

  Centre. Wanganui, New Zealand. 2011.

- Calender Girls. Rayner Brothers Gallery. Wanganui, New Zealand. 2010.

- Jugs. Piece Gallery. Matakana, New Zealand. 2010.

- The Mahurangi Group. Matakana, New Zealand. 2010.

- Border crossing. Lysaght Watt Gallery. Hawera, New Zealand. 2010.

- Raising Boys. Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery. Napier, New Zealand. 2008.

- Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. National Council for Education in the Ceramic

  Arts (NCECA) Exhibition. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. United States of America. 2008.

- Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts residents exhibition. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery.

  Spokane, Washington, United States of America. 2007.

- Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts touring show of China. Jingdezhen Ceramics

  Exposition, China. 2007.    

- Summer Exhibition. Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Helena, Montana. United

  States of America. 2007.

- The Faux. Objectspace Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2007

- Norsewear Art Award. Hastings, New Zealand. 2006, 2007.

- Portage Ceramics Awards. Lopdell House Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand.

  2002, 2003, 2005, 2006.

- Waikato National Art Award. Waikato Museum. Hamilton, New Zealand. 2005,2006.

- Shapeshifter. Frederick Wallace House. Lower Hutt, New Zealand. 2006.

- The Long White Book - un regard sur la Nouvelle Zelande. Gallerie Sentou. 26 Boulevard

  Raspail. Paris, France. 2006.

- Twelve. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2005.

- Homework. Avid Gallery. Wellington, New Zealand. 2005.

- Waiheke Ceramics Award - National Award for innovation in ceramics. Waiheke Gallery.

  Waiheke Island, New Zealand. 2004, 2005.

- Beyond Bombay - A survey of applied art practice. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New

  Zealand. 2005.

- Dowse Art Museum - Exhibition and Auction. Lower Hutt, New Zealand. 2004.

- New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Bombay Sapphire Design Room. New Zealand fashion

  week. Auckland, New Zealand. 2004.

- Wallace Art Award. Auckland, New Zealand. 2003, 2004.

- Partridge in a pear tree. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2003.

- Tea for two. Masterworks Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2003.

- Of Heralds and Harbingers. Lopdell House Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand.

  2002.

 

 

Commissions:

- Six new works commissioned for Dunedin Public Art Gallery as part of the "One Pot

  Wonder" survey exhibition. 2014.

- Work commission for Auckland Art Fair as a representative of Masterworks

  Gallery. Auckland, New Zealand. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2016.

- Creative Places Awards. Ten trophies as awards for arts initiatives within 

   public bodies and city councils. Commissioned for Creative New Zealand through    

   Masterworks Gallery. 2005.

 

Awards/Grants:

- Merit Award. Portage Ceramic Award 2015.

- Norsewear Art Award. Merit Prize. $5000. 2006.

- New work proposal. Creative New Zealand. 2014. $17100.

- Creative and Professional Development. Creative New Zealand. 2008. $7800.

- New Work Proposal. Creative New Zealand, 2006. $9200.

- New Work Proposal. Creative New Zealand, 2004. $4000.

- Business Enterprise Grant. 2002. $6500

 

 

Residencies:

- Medalta International Artist Residency. Medicine Hat, Canada. 2010.                                    - Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Helena, Montana, United States of America.

2007/2008.

- Paul, Ross and a woodfired kiln. Collaboration with Ross Mitchell-Anyon at his studio. 2006.

  (Creative New Zealand funded).

- Driving Creek Pottery and Railway. Collaboration with Barry Brickell O.B.E.

  2004. (Creative New Zealand funded).

 

Public Collections:

- The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand.

- Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga O Waikato. Hamilton, New Zealand.

- The Dowse Art Museum. Lower Hutt, New Zealand. 

- Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. New Plymouth, New Zealand.

- Auckland War Memorial Museum. Auckland, New Zealand. 

- Otago museum. Dunedin, New Zealand.

- Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua. Wanganui, New Zealand.

- Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

- James Wallace Arts Trust collection. Auckland, New Zealand.

-  Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, Texas.  United States of America.

- Garth Clark/Mark del Vecchio Cup Collection. San Angelo Museum of Art. 

  San Angelo, Texas. United States of America.

- Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. Helena, Montana. United States of America.

- Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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