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Post date: 13-May-2019 05:01:26

Paul Rayner

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

Studio Ceramics.

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

their Gallery

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


Rick Rudd