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Artist Works

  • Image of NC Thinking about Life, the Universe and Everything Over a Breakfast of Eggs

    Nina Cook

    NC Thinking about Life, the Universe and Everything Over a Breakfast of Eggs

  • Image of NC Re-entry

    Nina Cook

    NC Re-entry

Artist Biography


Latest exhibition   24 Jan 2024

Exquisite Gravity

In this series of works I explore the contradiction between humanity’s dissociation from, and integral relationship to, nature.
Our bizarre counterproductive and competitive behaviors, the myths of total individualism and perfectionism, the unsustainability of exponential growth and competitive cruelties threaten our very existence, let alone harmony.
The physical world is a reassuring counterpoint to our fight or flight short-term perspective.

I am calmed by our intrinsic belonging to (and of) nature. Yes; wind, sun, rain, fauna, flora etc. but also the physical forces of gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces that are responsible for shaping the universe we inhabit.

Nina Cook Bio 

Born in Whakatane in 1967, Nina spent a transient childhood gaining an education from multiple schools throughout the central North Island. In adulthood she attended Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design earning a Bachelor of Design.

Until gaining her degree, Nina was largely self-taught, mastering media and technique through books, experimentation and intense practice. This drive for learning, experimentation and mastery shapes Nina’s practice as does her profound desire to communicate authentically through her work.

After graduating, she was employed to teach drawing at the Christchurch Polytechnic School of Art and Design and taught both their (figure and general drawing) and at Natcoll Design Technology (drawing, art history and design history) for three years. Nina has worked part-time as a Graphic Designer for 15 years and teaches drawing classes at the Christchurch WEA to this day.

In 2007 Nina established a studio in central Christchurch later moving to her current studio in Westmorland, Christchurch.

Nina’s work is held in private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

  • Solo exhibition, Under the Red Veranda, 2007
  • Solo exhibition, Cultured Gallery, 2007
  • Solo exhibition, COCA (Centre of Contemporary Arts), 2008
  • Solo exhibition, Little River Gallery, 2010
  • Solo exhibition, Little River Gallery, 2011
  • Solo exhibition, Little River Gallery, 2012
  • Joint exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2012
  • Solo exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2014
  • Solo exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2016
  • Solo exhibition, Little River Gallery, 2015
  • Group exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2017
  • Group exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2018
  • Group exhibition, Kereru Gallery, 2019

Artist Exhibitions

  • 24th Jan 2024 - 10th Feb 2024: Dorothy Helyer – Nina Cook – Dan J. Boyd

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  • 21st Jan 2020 - 8th Feb 2020: Nina Cook and Michael Collins

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