‘The Last Bloom’
Cozumel has become primarily a tourist area with hundreds of people coming onto the Island from cruise ships daily, to go diving or snorkelling, to see the coral, which as I experienced first hand is fast becoming an underwater desert.
Coral is commonly mistaken for rocks or plants and many of us are unaware that these delicate creatures, growing like little mothers providing a nursery for thousands of species of fish, are actually living creatures. In my mural I have personified coral in the form of the face of Mother Nature, a relatable image for us humans, illustrating that coral is a living entity and to tread carefully in the water. Just like us, once it is gone, it is gone. A reminder to be careful not to stand on or touch her and not to use sunscreen in the ocean as it creates a barrier stopping nutrients from the sunlight reaching through the water to the coral.
The black and white splitting and melting of the form in the mural represents the rapidly declining and dying coral reefs. This is due to many human impact/global warming factors including rising water temperatures that cause non-reversible coral bleaching and an increase in smothering sponges & algae, sunscreen, and sediments upturned by ships. The large scale of the coral mother in comparison to the tiny diver represents the large scale of the issue we are facing and the beauty we are loosing before our eyes.
This is a @pangeaseed Foundation latest edition of their international public art program, @seawalls_ Artists for Oceans in partnership with @proyectopanorama.
Location: Cozumel, Mexico | 20.4230° N, 86.9223° W
Mural theme: Coral reef conservation
Photos by: @abovebelowphoto, @yoshi_travel & @thestillsagency .
Gracias to @mexicobienhecho for sponsoring all of our acrylic paint and materials for Sea Walls Cozumel.
Huge thanks to Tre and Akira, Melissa and the Panorama crew and our legendary ops team and the rad artist humans that came together for thi project. Mucho amor!!!
It’s like daydreaming
reaching back into the abstract
faces with infinite ears do flips
changing form and back again in an accordion motion
while the very hungry caterpillar eats potato chips on string
happiness is a balance evolving constantly
as layers fuse together and layers fall away the caterpillar changes into the butterfly
It’s about letting go of the masks we wear
tunnels of memories fading in and out
my mother grew up in this place
then the UFO was seen
the aliens left a face made of stone in her garden
one eye follows you wherever you go
making ripples in the water
as autumn leaves dance down the Whanganui river
A describing poem for this piece made with the comments, conversations and interpretations of people, from the youngest child to the oldest woman, who watched and chatted with me and each other as I painted this piece.
An amazing week getting weeeiiirrrddd in Whanganui with a group of total legends and a town full of lovely welcoming people.
Huge thanks to @cracked ink and Shanti for such a good vibe at @whanganuiwalls and the best crew of volunteers 🙏 and artists @hayleywelsh @claire_foxton @elliotfrancisstewart @mrcinzah @heypatyeah @amokisland @jacob_chrisohoou_artist @crackedink ,my super talented mentoree @rainbowartist22 who smashed her first wall painting and my Mum who came and painted with me for a little bit with matching overalls 🕺🕺 Thanks to our sponsors @resenecolour @visitwhanganui @whanganuidc @whanganui_town_centre_regen @harrisonshiremaster
‘Continuous Cycles of the Primordial Mother’
Acrylic on 300gsm paper, Framed A2
Toi Wahine - female group exhibition at Parliament, Wellington, NZ
Curated by Chloe Swarbrick
Thanks to Tim, Tasha and Chloe for the organisation.
Kelly Spencer, Erin Forsyth, Rebecca Terborg, Febe Morris & Jess Earnshaw
Open up, share the colours, peaceful communication is connection, weaving the threads of humanity "Tuia te muka Tangata" with amazing people from all over the world who made up Street Prints Manaia 2019.
15 Murals based on the theme “Tuia te muka Tāngata” “Weaving the threads of Humanity”
Thank you to the amazing lineup
Amanda Valdes, Elliot O'Donnell/Askew One, @mrbryce13 mintfloral.co.nz, Charles & Janine Williams, Dourone, Tawck, Findac, Notte, @artoflisaking, Millo Mateus Bailon, Mike Tupaea, Bub Dewes, Melinda Butt, Swiftmantis Productions, Ephraim Russell, Paola Delfín :)
Supported by PAINT - Pushing Arts In Nz Trust Whangarei District Love It Here Whangarei District Council Tuia 250 @foundation north Finbarr Notte Creative New Zealand Resene
Captured by the Grand Master Yoshi_Travel_Films 💪🏽🖤
A large mural of The Utopian rainbow fountain goddess of flow at Work Inc, Sydney.
Special Thanks to Mark Davidson.
Project co-ordinator - Zoe Edema @ Muralisto
Photos by Sandra May
Paintings for a group exhibition at Gama Crea in Mexico City. Sold Out.
Many thanks to Daniel and Kas.
Fun with good friends.
A mural collaboration with Xoe Hall for Fiona Hewitt’s new Wellington Cafe. Aerosol pink figure and cloud swirls by Gina, Lizards and Crocodile head by Xoe.
Logo and signage design by Gina and made by hand at Frampton Signs.
Fifi’s - Marion St, Wellington.
Gig poster for Courtney Barnett at The Opera House Wellington.
Screen printed + hand finished variants - Limited number of 8 available through my online shop
Thanks Andy and Courtney
A mixed media portrait of the young humpback whale photographed by PangeaSeed Foundation Founder, Tre' Packard, in the magical waters off the Kingdom of Tonga. Through the dissection of the whale, an internal forming wave of awareness is revealed. With a rising motion lifting the whale to the surface, this movement can lift the awareness of our current and future generations to realize the change that is needed for our oceans and the majestic beings that call it home
Attention, all of you ocean lovers out there! PangeaSeed is pleased to announce a very special Valentines Day print release for our 2019 print project, "In Peril". Featuring original artwork by supporting ARTivist Gina Kiel (New Zealand), this limited art print edition highlights the iconic endangered humpback whale.
Title: "Waves from the Deep"
Dimensions: 24" x 12" inches with hand deckle edges
Edition size: Limited edition numbered giclée print
Paper: Italian cold-press watercolor paper
Pricing: $83 plus shipping
Printed by Paragon Press
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The wave forming in stages internally through the deconstructed parts of the Sea lion represents the sea as the emotion of nature that is currently trying to communicate to us the effects of our destructive actions. Sea lion population numbers have halved and could halve and halve again until extinction within the years of my generation. We have the opportunity to collectively rise with this tide into a new state of awareness where we can live in harmony with nature and all her beings.
After I had sketched up the Sea Lion I discovered a leaking water pipe unintentionally positioned in the heart/shoulder of the Seal, I felt like it was significant so I painted a blue heart around it. We are all made of water.
There was another moment that @vanessarushtonphotographyspontaneously captured on camera where a sparrow landed on the pipe and drank the heart water, only taking the tiny bit it needed.
The most amazing thing about this festival was the community of people that came together. So much love to the core team 👑@kell.sunshine 👑, @mrcinzah , Tre :), @artworkofkai , @crackedink , legendary volunteers, Gizzy locals and the best new and old artist friends for their epic work and good vibes.
Special thanks to project partners Eastland Community Trust, JN Williams memorial trust, @gisbornedc, @resenecolour, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Walter Findlay LTD, and to our sponsors
Martins Hiremaster, Hirepool Gisborne and Evolution Wireless.
Portrait and in-camera double exposure by @emilyrafteryphotography
Thanks to The Wellington City Council and the team at Cable Car Lane for the opportunity to paint a colourful rainbow landscape mural in Cable Car Lane. A super fun project to start 2018. The piece represents the cable car as a magical moving connective path through the continuum of time from history to current day and beyond. Thanks to the passengers and Cable Car staff for all the lovely comments and chats 🌞 I am honoured to have been able to bring colour to the space
A personal study of proximity while travelling through Mexico.
nearness in space, time, or relationship.
Inspired by the colourfully painted buildings and textures throughout Mexico and the nature of travelling very far to get very close to something, close up enough to see detail which may be missed at distance, an experimentation on the opposite effect of large scale mural art.
Wine label design for Fun Juice.
Thanks Garage Project team!
Strawberry Fields Festival 10th year event.
Big thanks to Courtney and Dylan the SF crew.
A collaboration with Audi of NZ, to paint a mural in Ponsonby Central in Auckland, inspired by the new Audi Q2. A car that has so many customisable parts that everyone will look at it differently therefore it is #untaggable. The brief was Duality Of Perception, a design that is split down the middle and using a yellow and black colour palette.
Special thanks to Audi NZ for getting art on walls and to the amazing crew at Media agency FCB Auckland and Garth Badger for the ladder, and Troy and the team at Ponsonby Central.
an ongoing exploration of medium and subject at a secret abandoned location
Swimming installation at Wellington's underground night Club 121.
A commission from Innocent Packaging for their Compostable Canvas artist series coffee cups
Love and pain and looking for balance within.
Mural at Graffiato street art festival Toupo NZ 2016
Thanks to Ross and all the crew and the Pilates Body Dynamics Studio for letting me paint their wall.
Photos by Tracie Angell
Three in the collection of skateboard paintings for Candy Fever and also The Paper Rain Project.
All sold so far but it is a continuing series..
Pattern mural on the Courtyard wall at the famous Laneway restaurant in Dunedin.
Many thanks to Justin, Luke, Colin at The Geeky Gecko and Sean Duffell and the Honey Badgers studio family.
A building front mural for Wellington fashion store Caughley as part of the WOW World of Wearable art event held annually in Wellington, NZ.
Photos by Phoebe Holden
Album artwork for New Zealand Band - Tunes Of I
Tshirts available here - http://www.tunesofi.co.nz/merch/
The left and right brain working together in harmony.
A mural commission at Work Inc in Sydney, Australia.
Thanks to Zoe Edema at Muralisto
Snake collage and snake pencil drawing WIP for Eyeball Kicks 10 year anniversary group exhibition.
The goddesses of milk, chocolate and flavour for the new Wellington Chocolate Factory Milk Bar.
Label design and creative direction with Harry A'Court at Inject Design
Thanks for the coolest little chocolate factory in the world for wrapping the most delicious, organic and fair trade chocolate in my art.
Thanks for having me @boonstreetart you guys are magical. My biggest wall so far 🌈 on @the.meteortheatre. This mural illustrates the connection between audience, performer and creative energy through the mind altering experience of performance and the exploration of masks and what flows between and beneath. And I was happy to learn from a lovely lady that this building used to be a roller skating rink and that my piece reminded her of skating around the rink when she was a kid back in the 80’s 🤘⚡️Thanks @isaaccharlotte @craig._.mcclure@paul_be_art, my assistant on black touch ups @mrkptr and all the team for looking after us so well. Rad video and stills by the dude @onemancrewnz
A mural for Martinborough Mural Walk event hosted by Ventana Creative Collective.
"It represents the vibrant world of Martinborough and those who live there. It represents the French term, described to me over the weekend by lovely visitors, 'Terroir' - based around growing grapes to make wine, it describes the Earth's unique environmental qualities as it's 'Character', a personification of the Land. This mural is about the connection between human and the earth, that we are one in the same, to be mindful of the planet which in turn reflects back on us." .
Favourite observer story: "One of my favourites was an old man who said my art reminded him of his travels to Paris when he was young where he saw comic-art style murals that pushed the boundaries of reality. He came back the next day to show me photos :)"
Many thanks to P&K General Store for having me paint your wall, Auriga for inviting me to paint at the event, Thunderpants for the food and stories and everyone else for the amazing weekend.
Fringe Festival Caravan mural
If a ladder is like life, we might sometimes step and fall on a broken rung, but within each broken piece is a lesson and an opportunity for positive change.
This ladder was painted at the launch of Think Ladder, a cognitive behavioural therapy app that helps turn internal negative beliefs into positive ones.
A garage door mural commissioned by creative film content makers, Wrestler.
Photos by Harry A'Court
When spontaneous moments of colour and light open portals to other worlds.
..we are swimming in air
Photography and illustration by me
Acrylic on paper
All female group exhibition in Australia raising over $6k for The Butterfly Foundation - Curated by Alex Saba aka Lusid Art
A public ad takeover and art exhibition in the streets of Brooklyn, New York City and at Superchief Gallery.
Curated by Cleo Barnett.
Part of a larger historical movement of ad takeovers, OUROBOROS is one example how to interrupt the outdoor advertising industry. Check out the show, pick up your own key to unlock advertising spaces and do it yourself!
OUROBOROS is an exhibition that encompasses multiple challenges and lines of questioning explored by independent curator Cleo Barnett in collaboration with nowHERE and Superchief Gallery: What role does street art play in a society where advertising is prolific within our visual landscape? What ways can white privilege be used to interrupt and subvert capitalistic systems? How does symbology and mythology connect us globally and throughout time? Why does both the content and scale of outdoor advertising go unquestioned in its domination of our public spaces?
Prints available - here
Ninja Ink - live paint event at Black Coffee Newtown - all artworks sold through Silent Auction
Don't Worry Be Happy. A lithograph print for a Future themed exhibition with Look Hear festival Australia.
A collaboration with Brooke Fraser for her new four singles released each Friday for a month. I received the tracks and a list of provocative key words from Brooke and interpreted her amazing songs into visuals.
To listen to these beautiful tracks and watch the simple music video motion versions of the artwork visit - http://www.vevo.com/artist/brooke-fraser
Print illustration for No Cure Magazine issue 09 launch exhibition party.
8 page interview feature in No Cure issue 09.
to purchase visit the - No Cure Shop
Photo's by Luke Henery.
Eyeball mural up at Inject Design
A mannequin installation project with photographer Garth Badger for his IDENTITY PROJECT exhibition at Thievery Studios.
Large custom canvas painting commission from MBM Wellington. Frame and install by Tom Forman at Tomahawk NZ - www.tomahawkemade.co.nz
Using photographs from Te Papa Museum's archival collection I created a collage mural through the hallway entrance to the Mahuki Hub in Te Papa. Art directed by Gary Stewart from Gas Projects.
The NZ Fringe Festival artwork & logo created alongside Inject Design.
Pattern elements represent different aspects of fringe and categories of performance.
Creative direction by Harry A'Court & Gina Kiel.
Booklet layout design by Inject
Illustration for a Mac's Beer x Wellington Chocolate Factory beer collaboration.
Creative Direction by Harry A'Court from Inject Design
A mural up at Wipster HQ, Wellington NZ
Russell kleyn and I teamed up with The Service Depot to create a collage mirage with some of its hottest local & international labels.
Featured on Lo&Behold
Model Daria Maxon at Kirsty Bunny
styling by Nahrin Zaya
hair by Kate Russell
make up by Lara Daly
Limited edition of 10 of each signed and numbered A2 Prints available for $100 each- contact - email@example.com - for orders
Neon lights and sweaty nights.
A three part Collaboration with Xoe Hall, Ashley Church/Dinosaurtoast and me.
Photography - Ashley Church aka dinosaurtoast (to see more visit -dinosaurtoast.com
Styling & clothing - Xoe Hall
Model & digital collage - Gina Kiel
Featured on Sticks And Stones Agency
poster design for a FREE pop up Drawing Club happening throughout the city of Auckland, New Zealand. Connecting those with a passion for creation and a playful respect within the possibilities of the human form. Each event offers those in attendance with a completely unique experience. Established in 2011, over 40 of these immersive Drawing Club's have taken place, made possible with the support of local art festivals, business associations and branches of the Auckland City Council. Curated and run as a collaboration between long time friends @cleobarnett and @pariskirby.
Paintings created for summer festivals Soundsplash in Raglan and Splore in Auckland. Featuring the gumboots, there was a lot of rain...
Edition of 50 black on white SOLD OUT Happy Hour t-shirts for an exhibition Curated by Xavier Davies in Australia. Raising over $6k for Cystic Fibrosis.
To order a limited edition of White On Black order via - http://www.ginakielshop.bigcartel.com/product/happy-hour
Painted vintage mannequin legs as part of the Candy Fever collection.
Eyeball Illustrations as part of Candy Fever.
Limited prints available on my Online Store
Exhibition photos by Anna Briggs.
Illustrations as part of Candy Fever.
Limited number of the full Ladies print and individual Ladies Prints available at my online store.
Exhibition photos by Anna Briggs.
Mythology themed illustrations for an Affectors group exhibition up on the rooftops in Surry Hills, Sydney. Photography collaboration with Mark Townsend.
Photos of opening night by Georgia Drew
Read an amazing review of the event from Ace at The Plus Ones HERE
Line illustrations for Pique Skin to be used on packaging and throughout the brand. Dripping, flowing liquid honey, passionfruit oil flowers, crystals and spikes to represent the exfoliating texture of cinnamon and flowers to represent the emergence of milky soft petal skin.
"Mask meets scrub for a delightfully peculiar skin treat"
It's so good you can actually eat it.
Get some - www.piqueskin.com
Made in New Zealand.
Limited edition of 20x A3 signed & numbered Giclee prints on German Etch, archival, fade resistant fine art paper available (here) based on the original ink and acrylic painting as part of Candy Fever.
A magical mermaid parts the sea of dreams to wander small kitsch towns & marshmallow countrysides in search of rock’n’roll & little more action.
A three part Collaboration with Xoe Hall and Ashley Church (aka Dinosaurtoast) and me.
Photography - Ashley Church aka dinosaurtoast (to see more visit -dinosaurtoast.com
Styling & clothing - Xoe Hall
Model & digital collage - Gina Kiel
Featured on Sticks And Stones Agency
Live painting at a American Express event in Ponsonby, Auckland, promoting a LIVE LOCAL campaign. To stay local and support your local businesses.
With Mango Communications
Photos by Jonny Scott
Many thanks to Cleo.
Mermaid on Plates Illustrations as part of Candy Fever.
Limited number of the full Mermiads print and individual Mermaids prints available at my online store.
Repeat pattern and installation in the famous Hunters & Collectors window space, Cuba St, Wellington.
This illustration was inlayed into a Shapers Inc surfboard shaped by Roger Titcombe from Realsurf. Art directed and filmed by Harry A'Court from Inject Design. This project was sponsored by Adobe and we presented this project at the Adobe Create Now Roadshow alongside Affectors and donated the board to the Sustainable Coastlines charity to be auctioned off to raise funds to keep our beaches and coastlines clean.
To purchase a Mermaid surfboard or a board with another design visit and enquire at : www.shapersinc.co.nz
To purchase a mermaid art print visit : www.ginakielshop.bigcartel.com
Please do not use this image for sale on products without permission.
Salted Brittle Caramel, New Zealand Hazelnut, Madagascar and Chilli Lime Nuts packaging illustrations for The Wellington Chocolate Factory.
The Salted Brittle Caramel bar won the 'sweet thing' Cuisine Magazine Artisan award 2015!
Branding, photography and Web by Inject Design.
In honour of spring and all things blossoming and buzzing and beautiful and slightly creepy crawly....
Creative Direction, flower headdresses and makeup - Verity Griffiths using Mac Cosmetics for Stevie English Hair
Photography - Arneka Grosvenor
Models - Eden and Devon from www.62models.com
Nails - Tanya Barlow
Flowers - Flowers On Franklin, Ponsonby Road, Auckland, NZ.
Illustration... me obviously
Adobe sponsored me and asked me to make a self portrait based on the idea of combining the artist with the art by overlaying an illustration onto a photo.
Process video below.
I did a week long takeover of their facebook page and created the mermaid illustration to share my process throughout the week.
Photography and filming by Harry A'Court from Inject Design.
Special thanks to Luke Doig from Inject and Matt Jackson from Affectors.
Illustration for Be Genki. Beautiful natural skin and lifestyle products. This illustration was printed on fabric 6meters x 3meters as a wall hanging.
A tattoo flash inspired series.
Prints for sale at my online store
Archival Giclee prints with HP Vivera archival ink on warm-white, cold pressed, 308gsm Hahnemule German Etching paper.
With ink brushwork on paper and digitally painted hyper real detail I created the blackbird illustrations and the hand painted logo type for the cover of the Fat Freddy's Drop album Blackbird to sit alongside the design work, layout and creative by Inject Design.
This project won a Tui Award at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best Album Cover of the year.
To enquire about the blackbird surfboard contact - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I created this piece for an exhibition at Gauntlet Gallery in San Francisco and LA. The show, ReDiscovery', was based on Daft Punk & coincided with the new album release.
Inspired by the hypnotic sensory sounds of Daft Punk. The three figures, possessed by an electronic organism, feed off each other's ecstasy in the moment of transformation, from human to machine.
To purchase prints contact -