Darryn George

Born in 1970 in Christchurch, Darryn George (Nga Puhi) graduated BFA (Painting) from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, in 1993, gained his Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education the following year, and graduated MFA (Painting) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1998. He has been exhibiting since 1994 and, in 2009, he was a finalist in the Wallace Trust Art Award.

George's creative process involves manipulating on the computer screen the various components of his work - numbers, lettering (Maori words), simple or complex stacked or angled rectangles, and the patterns of moko, koru and kowhaiwhai. At times he incorporates lettering on its side, creating an abstract reading until the written word is deciphered and its meaning grasped. His palette mainly consists of the traditional Maori colours of red, black and white, and the iterated rectangles in his striking works lends them a rhythm both visual and intuited. George has always been interested in scale, and his works range from domestic-sized paintings on canvas to installations of towering wall works created to his design by sign writers, and which create spaces of architectural proportions that enclose the viewer.