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    Sandra Hussey

    SH Waitarakao Rock pools #2

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    Sandra Hussey

    SH Waitarakao Rock pools #1

Artist Biography



Sandra Hussey is a South Canterbury painter based in Timaru. Her approach to artmaking is practice led with a studio process which invites randomness, chance and its containment. Engaging with the fluid properties of acrylic paint, she constructs abstract paintings from a series of paint pours. Screen printing and collage techniques are also employed. Colour associations and environmental themes are explored through the materiality of the medium and the use of recurring motifs.

Sandra spent several years as a bookseller in the U.K. before returning to New Zealand in the early 2000s to focus on her art career. In 2015 Sandra gained a BVA Painting (Distinction) at Dunedin School of Art and in 2018 graduated with a MFA Painting (Distinction) at University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.


2018 Master of Fine Arts Painting (Distinction), SOFA University of Canterbury 2015 Bachelor of Visual Arts Painting (Distinction), Dunedin School of Art 2014 Diploma in Visual Arts and Media, Ara Institute of Technology 2004 Diploma in Painting (Distinction), Ara Institute of Technology.


2014 Samantha Wallace Memorial Award for Excellence 2006 Alpine Energy Art Awards (Oils) 2004 Aoraki Festival of the Arts (Supreme Award)

Solo Exhibitions?

January February 2019. Fluid Scapes. Ashburton Art Gallery March 2011. Picture This. Red Gallery of Contemporary Art, Nelson?

Joint Exhibitions

August 2019. Liqui-forms. Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch March 2004. Tribute. Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

Selected Group Exhibitions

February 2018. Ilam Masters 2018. SOFA, University of Canterbury, Christchurch November 2015. SITE. Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin November 2014. Polychrome. Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru December 2006. Artack. Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru November 2006. Alpine Energy Art Awards. Geraldine

Public Collections

Dunedin School of Art Ara Institute of Canterbury, Timaru campus

Overseas Private Collections

Mr T. Lewis. Flynn ACT, Australia Mr P. Radula-Scott. Wadhurst, U. K.


In-flux. MFA submission catalogue 2018. Forward by Dr Andrew Paul Wood Ilam Masters 2018. Group exhibition catalogue. Jen Bowmast, Mitchell Bright, Stuart Forsyth, Sandra Hussey, Keren Oertly, Saskia Bunce-Rath, Emma Wallbanks. SOFA Gallery, University of Canterbury. Forward by Aaron Kreisler

Selected Reviews

Sandra Hussey: Consumerism and the importance of pouring paint. Art Beat, p 7. Christchurch. August, 2019 Ten must see exhibitions in February. Warren Feeney. The Press, C8. Christchurch. February 2, 2019 Burnouts and shopping trolleys. Warren Feeney. The Press, p 13. Christchurch. February 8, 2018 Road trip brought nature to canvas. The Nelson Mail, p 13. February 16, 2011 Tribute to Sir Peter Elworthy at Aigantighe. The Courier, p 3. Timaru. March 25, 2004 Aoraki Festival winners named. The Timaru Herald, p 23. February 14, 2004 Top artistic talent to be celebrated. The Timaru Herald. February 13, 2004

Artist Exhibitions

  • 19th Jan 2022 - 6th Feb 2022: Sandra Hussey – Containing Chance, Ben Reid – Birds of paradise and Michael Armstrong – Five New Paintings

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  • 20th Aug 2019 - 7th Sep 2019: Liqui-forms & Evergreen

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