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Charlotte Giblin with one of her contemporary landscape paintings in New Zealand

I am a full-time artist and writer living in New Plymouth, New Zealand. I have worked professionally in the visual arts for over twenty-five years, including two years as the inaugural director of the Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville. 

My rich tapestry of experience as business owner, arts administrator, art tutor, author, potter, painter and illustrator has woven together my passions to become the full-time contemporary fine artist, writer and creative mentor I am today. 

As an art tutor I focus mainly on realism and teaching my students how to SEE - this foundation of artistic knowledge can transform your creative endeavours as well as giving you tools to view the world in a whole new way! 

As a largely self-taught painter, I am able to explain technical methods and aesthetic concepts in a down-to-earth and enthusiastic manner that is both accessible and memorable (in-person and online). Each of my on-demand video courses is a rare "lifting of the curtain" real-time experience: removing the mystery from the artist's painting process and giving viewers the tools to mix colours effectively, problem solve, and gain confidence with artistic decision-making. 

Having developed a "very keen eye for detail" I can offer guidance to the highest level of technical ability, coaching artists at any level of experience. If you need a new perspective or creative encouragement to assist your evolution to the next level, do get in touch to find out about private tuition.

As a contemporary fine artist I unapologetically explore the medium of acrylic paint in any direction my heart takes me, from realistic portraiture to cartooning to abstract expressionism... and beyond. My painting is always autobiographical, and evolves as fast as I do.

As an author, I tell the honest story of my personal growth and professional development, as seen through my paintings. Having found the courage to be honest with myself and to take responsibility for my own path, I was able to completely alter the trajectory of my life. By incorporating the science of seeing and techniques I use to teach art, I developed a 'bigger picture awareness' which positively transformed the way I was able to think, react, and interact.

 

I have written about this personal transformation in my book 'Seeing Clearly' and offer private conversation and floor talks - adapted from my extensive experience over the past 25 years as an arts professional in the UK and New Zealand. 
By understanding the science of perception and “changing the way I see” in both a physical and emotional sense, I learnt how to: improve self-leadership skills, reduce conflict, enhance my personal communication and problem-solving capabilities, and discover how to interpret my reactions and express myself more positively with a “bigger picture” awareness. 

Charlotte Giblin in her studio in Whitianga, New Zealand, 2016

My work is held in private collections all over the world, including

  • the UK

  • Ireland

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Canada

  • USA

  • Brazil

  • Holland

Charlotte Giblin at Solo 44 show in Wellington, New Zealand
Charlotte Giblin painting a portrait in her studio in Whitianga, New Zealand

ART: COMPETITIONS

 

2023      Taranaki Art Awards - Opunake

2022      Taranaki Art Awards - Opunake

2022      JUDGE - Tasman National Art Awards

2022      Franklin Arts Festival - 'Light' section - Auckland

2022      Aspiring Art Prize - Wanaka

2021      Taranaki Art Awards - Opunake (cancelled due to Covid)

 

2019      Taranaki Art Awards - Opunake

2018       Finalist – Adam Portraiture Award (Wellington, NZ)

2018       Taranaki Art Awards - Opunake

2016       Finalist - Adam Portraiture Award (Wellington, NZ) including touring exhibition

2016       Special Recognition category - All Women Art Exhibition - Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery for ‘Emerging, into the Light’ (2015)

2013       Winner - People’s Choice Award - best exhibition  - Art Trail, Morrinsville Art Festival

2013       Runner Up - ‘Arts for Health’ competition - David Lloyd Gallery, Hamilton

 

ART: EXHIBITIONS

(including open studio exhibitions and group shows)

2023     Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville - solo show - returning to the source

2022     Gallery9 - Hamilton

2022     The Suter Gallery, Nelson - Guest Artist - Nelson Suter Art Society Autumn Exhibition

2021      'Utopia found' - solo show - New Plymouth

2019      Koru on Devon/Tasman Toyota - group show

2019      Taranaki Arts Trail - open studio

2019      SOLO 46 at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2018       Koru on Devon - group show - New Plymouth

2018       Art Cafe - solo show - New Plymouth

2018       The Collaboration - group show - New Plymouth

2018       SOLO 44 at New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts,  Wellington

2018       Adam Portraiture Award, Wellington

2018       Taranaki Arts Trail - open studio

2018       ‘What Matters Most’ – solo exhibition – Bread &  Butter Gallery, Whitianga

2017       ‘As the Path Unfolds’ – solo exhibition – Bread &  Butter Gallery, Whitianga

2017       Molloy Gallery

2017       20-year anniversary exhibition of ‘Virtual Tart’  (Taranaki Art) group, New Plymouth

2017       ‘Retrospective’ – solo exhibition – Whitianga Art  Centre

2017       open studio exhibition – Mercury Bay Art Escape

2016       Adam Portraiture Award, Wellington

2016       open studio exhibition - Mercury Bay Art Escape

2015       open studio exhibition - Mercury Bay Art Escape

2015       Thames Road Trip - solo exhibition - GBD hotel  and restaurant, Thames

2014       ‘Wandering Under Big Skies’ – shared exhibition

with Jennie de Groot  - Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

2014       The Art Sale, Hamilton

2014       Big Skies - solo exhibition - Colenso Café,      Whenuakite

2013       ‘Big Skies… and Deep Roots’ - solo exhibition - David Lloyd Gallery, Hamilton

SUMMARY of WORK


2014 - present    

full time artist, art tutor and speaker- including solo exhibitions, public talks, illustration, private commissions, and large scale murals


2013 - present    

drawing and painting tutor - private classes and workshops


2012 - 2014    

Administrator - Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust


2010 - 2012  

Director - Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville


2006 - 2009    

Sales and Marketing Manager - Carrie Elspeth Jewellery (UK)


1997 - 2007    

Owner, Operator and Maker - Bouncing Pig Pottery (UK)


1994 - 1997    BA (Hons) Ceramics - UWIC (Cardiff, UK)

PUBLIC MURALS


2015    3 murals at St. Andrew’s Village, Braid Road, Hamilton         
2015    Blue Water Marine, Bryce St, Whitianga  17 x 4m                                                                  
2015    Rugby & Sports Club, Whitianga    7.5 x 1.2m    

                                              


BOOKS & ILLUSTRATION

 

2022    Seeing Clearly - Finding the Courage to Choose a Better Path.

Written and published by Charlotte Giblin, featuring over 250 artworks from the last 30 years of creative ( and emotional!) development.

2016    Wandering Under Big Skies - The Coromandel Peninsula Through the Eyes of an Artist.

Written by Charlotte Giblin with 90 original paintings featured.                                                                                                        
2016    Lulu Moo and the Mystery of the Big Belly

written and illustrated by Charlotte Giblin and Wendy Walls. Aries Publishing    

                                                                           
2014    Where is Autism?

Written by Rowena Monds and illustrated by Charlotte Giblin. Aries Publishing


2013 - 2015    regular ‘Road Trip’ feature in Coromandel Life magazine - original paintings of the Coromandel Peninsula,  accompanied by stories about my travels

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