Our Artists

Rhonye McIlroy

b. 1969

Award winning New Zealand painter working full time from her home studio in Mid Canterbury.

Her background is in the Fashion Industry, gaining Diplomas in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising while based in Europe and Asia.
 
First works in 2004 were based on the Roman-Greek structures, followed by a series of erotica and surrealism. Work is primarily acrylic on board creating one offs in a series of finely detailed figurative layered works.
 Current work explores Rhonye’s ancestors “The Guard Family”, pioneers of New Zealand’s shore-based whaling industry in the sounds during the 1800’s.

Her Inspiration comes from everywhere including - New Zealand history, photography, fashion, films, books, art, antique props, costume design, and some imagination.

Works are held in private collections throughout New Zealand and Overseas.