Our Artists

Rhonye McIlroy

B. 1969 New Zealand

Self-taught New Zealand artist working full time from her home studio in Mid Canterbury.
Works are held in private collections throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Background in the Fashion Industry, gaining Diplomas in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising while based in Europe and Asia.
 
First works in 2005 were based on the Roman-Greek structures, followed by a series of erotica and surrealism. More recent work is focused on early New Zealand 1700 - 1800s. Work is primarily acrylic on board creating a series of finely detailed figurative layered works.

Echoes of the Milford Piopio 1812 and The Harriet Affair 1834 collections are currently works in progress with a total of six works in each.

Inspiration comes from everywhere including but not limited to – New Zealand history, photography, fashion, films, books, art, antique props, costume design, pioneers and the Victorian era.

 

1984 Fully Trained Clothing Machinist for Canterbury Apparel Sportswear Ltd.
1987 Overseas 8 years
1991 Assistant Manageress of Fashion Boutique, Hampstead, London.
1992 Diploma in Fashion Design
1993 Diploma in Fashion Merchandising
1993 Working for two renowned English designers while based in London.
1997 A finalist in the New Zealand SmokeFree Fashion Awards.
1997 Established own clothing label.
2004 Created first artworks.
2006 The Rutherford Gallery, Nelson - first Gallery display.
2008 Nelson Waterfront Art Auction for Magenta Charitable Trust.
2009 Selected Artist for The Coolstore Gallery – Mapua, Tasman.
2009 Art Exhibition, Visual Art Society Tapawera.
2010 Art Exhibition, Visual Art Society Tapawera
2010 Christmas Art Exhibition, The Coolstore Gallery – Mapua, Tasman.
2010 Art Exhibition, 46th Annual Exhibition, Ashburton Society of Arts.
2013 Art Exhibition, 49th Annual Exhibition, Ashburton Society of Arts
2013 Began Work As Full-Time Artist.  
 2015 Art Exhibition, 51st Annual Exhibition, Ashburton Society of Arts.
•    Awarded Judges Commendation Award.
2016 Art Exhibition, 52nd Annual Exhibition, Ashburton Society of Arts.
•    Awarded Russell Moon & Fail Premier Award.
2017 Art Exhibition, 53rd Annual Exhibition, Ashburton Society of Arts.
•    Invited As Guest Artist.
2017 Impressions National Art Awards - Mapua, Tasman.
•    Selected Finalist, Impressions National Art Awards.
•    The Golden Colours Merit Award, Impressions National Art Awards.
2017  Grace Gallery – Ashburton
2018 Selected Finalist, Zonta Ashburton Art Awards (ZAFAA18)
2018 Christchurch Pride Art Show, Windsor Gallery