Craig Bluett

Current Works

About the Artist

Craig Bluett is a painter and printmaker based in, Blenheim, Marlborough. He is a graduate of Otago School of Fine Arts where he specialized in Printmaking. He has taught art in various media extensively, at secondary and tertiary level, and explores a number of innovative techniques in his work.

His painterly approach crosses over into his printmaking, especially when using a subtractive technique which allows him to scratch or brush into the ink before printing to create a sense of layering of ideas as well as image.

He has shown nationally and internationally. He has prints selected for the Centre for Contemporary Printmaking Biennial Foot prints International Exhibition in New York in 2008 and Prints shortlisted In the Gulan International Print Biennial in China and Parkin Drawing awards. His prints are in collections in Germany, U.S.A, New Zealand and Australia.

Selected list of Exhibitions

2016 Blenheim, When The Lighthouse Fails Millennium Art Gallery
2016 Nelson, Salon show Red Gallery Nelson
2015 Auckland, Impressions Two New Zealand Printmakers Mairangi Arts Centre
2015 Blenheim, Lightside Darkside group show Millennium Art Gallery
2015 Auckland, Papercut Exhibition Devonport Auckland
2014 Nelson, The Print Show Reflections Art Gallery WOW Museum
2014 Nelson, Melancholia Designroom
2014 Nelson, Summer Exhibition Red Gallery
2013 Blenheim, Places Exhibition Millennium Art Gallery
2013 Wellington, Parkin Drawing Prize Shortlisted NZ Academy of Fine Arts
2012 Nelson, Black Illumination Designroom
2012 Blenheim, People Places and Things Millennium Art Gallery
2012 Blenheim, Peters Doig Marlborough Art Award Finalist
2012 Nelson, Paper Ink Exhibition Red gallery
2012 Nelson, Summer Exhibition Red Gallery
2011 Blenheim, Peters Doig Marlborough Art award Finalist
2010: Nelson, Full Immersion a joint exhibition with Graeme Cornwall. Refinery Art Space
2010: Marlborough, The Spaces In Between. A group show with Olav Nielson, Kathryn Madill, Wendy Murphy and Jim Tannock. The Diversion Gallery.
2009: Marlborough, The Wairau Art Auction Invited Artist. Riverlore Art Gallery.
2009: China, Guanlan International Print Biennial Shortlisted. Guanlan Print Centre.
2009: Nelson, Random NMIT Arts and Media Staff Exhibition. Fishbowl Gallery.
2009: Blenheim, Peters Doig Marlborough Art Award. Finalist.
2008: Nelson, Frozen Stills Exhibition Red Gallery
2008: New York, 1st Biennial Foot Print Exhibition Selected Artist .Centre for Contemporary Printmaking.
2007: Picton, Three Marlborough Printmakers Oriel Gallery
2003: Nelson, The Best of Nikau. A group show with other represented artists Nikau Gallery.
2000: Blenheim, Marlborough Art Society Invited Artist Exhibition Marlborough Art Society Gallery.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1987 Diploma of Teaching. Christchurch Teachers College.
  • 1986 Diploma of Fine Arts School of Art Otago Polytechnic.
  • 1986 Art history University of Canterbury