This exhibition displays Guy Ngan’s 顏國 鍇 (1926 – 2017) sculptures, prints, paintings and a large-scale woolen wall-hanging called “Forest in the Sun” (1976). This work that once hung in the Beehive appears alongside more personal items such as the artist’s seal that he carved himself, and photographs of his family home much of which he built by hand.
Guy Ngan was a Koraunui local and second generation Chinese-New Zealand artist. He spent time in China, Aotearoa, the UK and Italy before settling in Koraunui (Stokes Valley) where he produced a vast array of works over more than 60 years.
“This exhibition is about giving Guy Ngan the respect he is due and celebrating his art and its ability to connect us with our environment and each other,” said Sian van Dyk the exhibition curator.
“Many locals will recognise Ngan’s public works – especially the iconic sculpture that welcomes people to Koraunui (Stokes Valley). We understand the importance of Ngan’s public works and are pleased to host this important exhibition in the community he called home to showcase another side of his practice. Many people won’t know just how prolific he really was – for instance, over his lifetime he made over 200 habitation sculptures alone!”
Come and explore Guy Ngan’s creation’s at The Dowse and enjoy the stunning pieces for yourself.
Guy Ngan: Habitation
18 May – 15 Sep 2019
The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt City Council