Post date: 13-May-2019 05:01:26
Paul Rayner was born in Luton, UK in 1959 and came to New Zealand when
his family immigrated in 1973.
He began his working career at Radio New Zealand in 1977 and first moved
to Whanganui in 1979 as a commercial writer for the 2ZW radio station.
He began working at the Sarjeant Gallery in 1980 and in 1985 left to attend
Auckland University, graduating with a BFA (Painting) in 1989. He returned to
the Sarjeant Gallery, but left again in 1994 to join the Museum of New
Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington as an Art Educator. He returned to
the Sarjeant as Senior Curator in 1998, a position he held for eight years.
In the 1990s Paul had several solo exhibition of his paintings. He began
working with clay in 2000, taking it more seriously from 2004 and now has
ceramic works included in the collections of Te Papa, The Dowse Art
Museum, the Sarjeant Gallery, the Wallace Arts Trust and Quartz, Museum of
In 2007 Paul and his brother, Mark opened Rayner Brothers Gallery. I've
known Paul since the late 1980s and I was the first invited solo exhibitor at
Paul has been a trustee of the Rick Rudd Foundation since it was formed in
This is the first survey of Paul's ceramic works and marks the celebration of
his 60 th birthday. It focuses on self portraits, celebrity and popular culture
imagery for which he has gained a reputation.
I am grateful to Paul and the other lenders who have made this exhibition