Kate Mackenzie

MacKenzie is a surrealist painter and wearable arts designer. Her paintings are held in private and public collections internationally.  She has been a finalist for the New Zealand Adam Portraiture Awards, Hawkes Bay Review and EAST Art Awards to name a few, and was the Supreme Winner of the International World of Wearable Arts competition in 2014, including Runner-Up and 3rd in her section for subsequent years. 


MacKenzie’s work often illustrates the journey towards environmental awareness with subtle reference to changing technology. Her surreal portraits amongst the landscape are inspired by Aotearoa, and changing paradigms in societal beliefs and mindsets.

From the Artist

“The humble family home, worn like a crown, symbolises our need for home ownership and belonging in a changing globalised world.  Do we need to change our thinking of what a home should be?  Is the generational gap appearing wider since the exponential growth of technology and social media?  How do Baby boomers, Millennials, and Generation Z continue to work together?  Is there still a mutual respect or has that been compromised.

Some say our subconscious thoughts are influenced by what we fear or suppress.  As a surrealist painter I like to use a collection of subconscious images that aren’t usually seen together, and then add conscious thought to the mix to establish a meaning or message.”


Exhibitions & Awards:

2019  EcoNology – solo exhibition Muse Gallery Havelock North
2018  Solo Exhibition Sydney M2 Gallery “Paradigm Road
2018  Finalist: NZ Adam Art Portraiture Awards – NZ Portraiture Gallery, Wellington
2018  NZ Adam Art Portraiture Awards, selection for NZ Tour
2018   World of Wearable Art – 2nd Place Avant Garde
2018   Runner Up Sustainability Award World of Wearable Art
2018   Succumb-ference Solo Exhibition Muse Gallery Havelock North
2017   Exhibit Mt Albert Grammar School, Auckland
2017   Exhibit NZ Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington
2016   Solo Exhibition – Soul Gallery, Hamilton
2016   Exhibit – NZ Art Show, Wellington
2016   Solo Exhibition, Havelock North
2016   Finalist: World of Wearable Art Wellington
2015   Public Commission – Hawkes Bay Opera House
2015   Finalist: World of Wearable Art Wellington
2015   Exhibit NZ Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington
2014   Supreme Winner, International World Of Wearable Art Competition, Wellington
2014  1st place Aotearoa section World of Wearable art
2014   Exhibit NZ Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington
2013   3rd Place Open Section – World Of Wearable Art, Wellington
2010   Finalist: East Exhibition – Hastings City Art Gallery
2010   Finalist: Matariki Art Competition, Auckland
2009   Solo Exhibition – Parnell Gallery, Auckland
2007   Solo Exhibition – Wine Country Gallery Havelock North
2006   Finalist Hawkes Bay Review – Hastings City Art Gallery
2004   Public Commission – Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
2004   Solo Exhibition – Rothesay Bay Auckland
2003   Selected as Feature Artist for Hawkes Bay Vintners Charity Wine Auction
2003   Solo Exhibition  – Hastings Community Art Centre
2001   Finalist NZ Telecom Art Awards (2 works)
2000   Finalist NZ Telecom Art Awards (1 work)


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