Monday, October 10, 2016
Auckland artist Paul Hartigan’s career successfully spans five decades. A painter, photographer and sculptor, he is best known for his large public neon installations in Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch. His acclaimed monochrome neon Colony (2004), transformed the University of Auckland’s Engineering Building on Symonds St, and won the Metro Award for Best Public Sculpture in 2006. In Christchurch, Nebula Orion (2001) commissioned by Orion NZ Ltd, is a giant neon work that survived the earthquake of 2011 and continues to operate today. In 2017 Hartigan will install CINEMA, a new neon commission at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre. He is the subject of Don Abbott's monograph Vivid: The Paul Hartigan Story, published in 2015 and named best non-fiction book (Australia/New Zealand) in the 2016 Independent Publisher Awards.