Artist Profile

Gregor Kregar

Born 1972

Gregor Kregar was born in Slovenia and graduated with an MFA from Elam, University of Auckland in 1999. He has an extensive exhibition history including solo shows throughout New Zealand, Australia, Slovenia and the USA and has been selected to exhibit at Art Fairs and sculpture exhibitions in Australia, Slovenia, Egypt, USA and Venice, Italy.

His public commissions include Auckland and Christchurch Airports, Lekhwija Stadium Doha, Connells Bay Sculpture Park Waiheke Island, Price Waterhouse Coopers Tower Auckland, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Arboretum in Slovenia. Art awards include the 2011 Pottery Workshop Residency, Jingdezhen, China; 2009 ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award; 2007 Art Residency, Art Omni New York; 2005 Monash University/Shepparton Art Gallery, South Project Residency Melbourne, and in 2000 Kregar was the Paramount Winner of the James Wallace Art Award. His work is recorded extensively in numerous art publications.

In the words of the artist:
"My work is not confined to any single medium or material. In my sculptural practice I often combine a wide variety of materials such as stainless steel, plastic, card-board, ceramic, glass, video and photography. I utilize familiar subject matter such as human figure, body parts, television sets, bottles, inorganic rubbish and animals.

I am interested in how the familiar subject can be represented in a way that displaces the original meaning and imbues the subject with new and unfamiliar meanings. My work deals with issues of ambiguity and the uncanny yet it is strongly connected to the social, economical and political environment I live in".

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