Overview

Karl Maughan (b.1964) grew up in the Manawatu, first living on a farm near Colyton, then in Palmerston North, and finally in 1977 in Ashhurst. Maughan graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1986. In 1987 he decided to complete his master’s degree and had his first solo show at the Brooker Gallery, Wellington. Maughan moved in 1994 to London, where he married novelist Emily Perkins and where their three children were born. Maughan had several studios around the East End and his London successes included being a finalist in the 1997 John Moores biennial paintings prize at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, purchases by the Saatchi Collection and the Arts Council of England and, in 1999, the production of a six-panel work for display at a Habitat store, A clear day, which was later purchased by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Maughan returned to New Zealand in 2005 and currently lives and works in Wellington.

 

Karl Maughan takes the garden as his subject matter. From wild and overgrown hedges to meticulously manicured lawns, Maughan deftly captures the light, colour, texture, and pattern found in nature. The garden continues to offer the artist and viewer new opportunites for discovery; whether thrust onto the undergrowth or invited to wander up a well-cut path, we are left marvelling at the vibrancy of these botanical creations.

 

Exhibitions
Works
Biography

EDUCATION

1986
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland

1987
Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, Auckland

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Halcombe, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Into the Woods, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2015
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Panorama, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Finnis Road, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2014
Woodland, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2013
Long View, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Arcadia, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2012
In Through the Outdoor, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Recent Works, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
Twenty-Seven Hundred Miles, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia

2011
Idlewild, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Oroua Valley, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2010
The Lost Path, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2009
New Paintings, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Everyday is like Sunday, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Blackbarn Gallery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

2008
Karl Maughan, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
New Paintings, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
New Works by Karl Maughan, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand

2007
A Clear Day, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Cross Hills, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
Recent Paintings and Prints, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Paintings, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
New Paintings, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand

2006
Outside, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
Karl Maughan, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2005
Kimbolton, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
Inside the Garden, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2004
Karl Maughan: Recent Paintings, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2003
Park Lane, Vertigo Gallery, London, England
Blow Up, St Paul's Gallery, Birmingham, England
The Visitor, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Walking in Light, Vertigo Gallery, London, England

2002
Garden Centre, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2001
Art Lab, Imperial College, London, England

2000
Karl Maughan, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Art Hotel, Florence, Italy

1999
Crowd, Vynel Street, London, England
Karl Maughan, Habitat, London, England

1998
Karl Maughan: Landscapes, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1997
Great Outdoors, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Karl Maughan, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1996
Day Night, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Love Lies Bleeding, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

1995
Green Triumph, Brooker Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
Parallel, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2012
Karl Maughan & Emily Wolfe, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2008
Clock the Ton, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2007
In Fluorescents, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2006
Chosen, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2005
Karl Maughan, Jo Pegler and Emily Wolfe, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Frieze, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Recent Floral Works, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

2001
Parade, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand

1998
Saatchi Collection Catalogue Show, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
(Re)visioning the Real, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland

1997
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 20, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
Under Growth, Holly St Studios, London, England
MNZA: Landscape, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

1996
NZ Real, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand

1995
Blindfield, Coventry Gallery, London, England
Stop Making Sense, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Fletcher Trust Collection, Auckland, New Zealand
Saatchi & Saatchi, Wellington, New Zealand
Charles Saatchi Collection, London, England
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Te Manawa Museum of Art, History and Science, Palmerston North, New Zealand
The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, New Zealand

Bibliography

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Warwick Brown, 100 New Zealand Paintings (Auckland: Godwit, 1995), p. 49.

Sarah Catherall, “Karl Maughan’s Language of Flowers,” Stuff, 2 February 2012, available here

Stacy Gregg, “The Flower and the Glory”, Sunday Star Times, 1 February 1998.

Nicola Jennings, On a Clear Day, exhibition catalogue (Palmerston North: Te  Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 2008).

Lopdell House Gallery, (Re)visioning the Real, exhibition catalogue (Auckland: Lopdell House Gallery, 1998).

Milford Galleries, 3 Major Surveys – Modern New Zealand Art, exhibition catalogue (Dunedin: Milford Galleries, 1997).

Saatchi Gallery, The New Neurotic Realism, collection catalogue (London: Saatchi Gallery, 1998).

Jane Somerville, “New Work: Karl Maughan”, Artworld, no. 2, April-May 2008, pp. 144-147.

Joelle Thomson, “Into the Garden”, Mindfood, No. 2, May 2008, pp. 136-139.

Richard Wolfe, “Interflora: Karl Maughan Paints in the Face of Nature”, Art New Zealand, No. 97, Summer 2000, pp. 62-65.

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