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    Denise Copland

    DC Avian’s weave – Found nest

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    Denise Copland

    DC Not a rubbish tip – 4

Artist Biography

Since the late 1970s printmaker Dee (Denise) Copland has explored the fraught tensions between humanity and the natural world. Primarily focused upon New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere, this has included an interest in environmentalism, de-forestation and climate change. Underlying the subjects of her work has been humanity?s influence on the natural world and the tenuous nature of our survival. Copland graduated from the University of Canterbury, First Class Honours in Printmaking (1977), and lectured at the School of Fine Arts 1982-84. Copland is recognised as one of New Zealand?s foremost printmakers, exhibiting nationally and internationally over the past thirty years.

Denise (Dee) Copland – A brief CV

Denise (Dee) Copland’s qualifications include a Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours in Printmaking, University of Canterbury from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1977 and a Certificate of Graphic Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 1971.

She has been awarded several national awards to include a prestigious Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2001-2002 and has taken up several Artists-in-Residences since 1985. She lectured at the School of Fine Arts (1982-4), University of Canterbury, and was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Art & Design, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology until the end of 2006 and has lectured at several other Polytechnics and Summer schools throughout New Zealand.

Denise has exhibited extensively in over 25 solo and over 182 group exhibitions since 1977 to include; Lines of reference Solander Gallery Wellington (2013); Undercurrent¬†with Bing Dawe, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch (2015); Fine Lines The Diversion Gallery, Nelson (2016). She has, by invitation, exhibited work in the Eight International Artists, Orleanais, France (2007); 7th Triennial Mondial de L’estampe. Auvergne, France (2006), numerous other International Print Biennales in Europe and Asia. Her work has also been shown in-group exhibitions in NZ, Japan, USA, France, Australia to include Melt, Sydney University Art Gallery, Sydney (2009) and Project space, RMIT University of Melbourne, Melbourne (2008).

She has collaborated with, and printed for a number of NZ artists to produce, in 1989, a limited edition boxed collection of prints titled 6 Artists 6 Prints. She has completed a number of commissions. In 1985 she created The Intaglio Print  Chemically assisted processes, a limited edition hand printed educational book

Her work is held public and private collections in NZ and internationally. She is full time artist, now living in Portobello, Dunedin.


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