Meet Steve Cascalheira

Steve Cascalheira is a graphic artist based in West Auckland. Working in a range of styles and mediums, Steve's work ranges from detailed silkscreen prints, sketching to bright and bold pop art paintings.

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour 2 years ago and having undergone brain surgery shortly after that, Steve found it extremely difficult to focus on computer work for long periods of time. Steve was told to try using his artistic ability as a tool for recovery.

He started to draw, and paint more often, and took it upon himself to ‘get better’ if ever anyone ever wanted to ‘find a silver lining’ this would be it....

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Meet Bonnie Coad

Bonnie is a Visual Artist specialising in mixed media collage.

During her studies, Bonnie developed her unique series of pattern animal art works that has quickly become her signature style. She incorporates old sewing patterns and her own hand made collage papers in her art works to create original pieces.

She has a keen interest in graphic text and languages and uses them to add an interesting multicultural element to her work. Texture, Bright colours and humour with an emphasis on the ridiculous are also repeating themes within her body of work.

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On Death Row - Mark Carter, Craig ‘CPL’ Levers, Brent Courtney + Terry Williams-Willcock

Internationally acclaimed photographers and creatives Mark Carter, Craig ‘CPL’ Levers, Brent Courtney and Terry Williams-Willcock are opening a new gallery exhibit ON DEATH ROW from 13 April – 6 May, 2018 at the Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi. 

The collaboration unites fine art with a mission of environmental conservation to highlight the beauty of the Waima landscape, the scars it leaves our next generation and the documenting of rare native species as they face extinction from both kauri dieback and industrial development.

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Emerging Artist Award 2018

Are you an emerging Auckland artist who uses your creativity to showcase empathy and understanding?

Then the 10th EAA Exhibition is the perfect place to showcase your work.

Entries are now open to emerging artists across all media types.

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, The Upstairs Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland - has chosen a theme we’re incredibly passionate about. Your art will engage our local community in support of mental health, with messaging that counters misunderstandings, fear and prejudice.

The work of 10 deserving finalists will be exhibited in The Upstairs Gallery, and 3 will be awarded with prizes worth over $5000.

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Under Southern Skies - Graham Young and introducing Justin Venes

After the success of Graham Young's book Lazy Days the gallery is delighted to showcase new works for a second consecutive book. Quintessentially kiwi, delight in Graham's photorealistic images of old sheds, caravans and beach scenes. New works on display.

Justin Venes is a UK artist who has painted 'as a hobby' using his art as a healing tool for his own mental illness. Strikingly realistic portraits from photographer Steve McCurry as well as a hauntingly beautiful image of a young Maori woman, painted especially for our exhibition. Justin manages to capture the models soul on canvas.

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Writing an Artist's Bio

There is no right or wrong way to write your bio - it is after all your biography. There is however a traditional way to write an artist's biography that some seasoned galleries and art connoisseurs would expect to see. If writing it in a more informal way to let your personality shine through feels like a better way for you, then that could be more appropriate though. First figure out who it is that will be reading it and what you think they might want to read - then answer a few of these questions.

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