Artist Bio Kristin O'Sullivan Peren

Kristin O'Sullivan Peren My work plays with the romance of natural Beauty and a reality of contemporary practice. In my diverse approaches to Art making, which includes installations, painting, sculptures and photography, my methodologies are consistent.

 They are linked by formal concerns and material similarities of subject that cross between the different bodies of work.

 As a multi-media artist whose practice responds to extremities of light, land, and language . O'Sullivan Peren's work comes from a history as a print-maker, visible by a clear and developed methodology derived from materials and process. Recent large-scale projects extend within photographic, sculptural and electronic fields using both digital and analogue technologies.

O'Sullivan Peren exhibits locally and internationally in public spaces, contemporary project galleries and at worldwide artist residency communities. Recent large-scale exhibitions have integrated a unique process pioneered by O'Sullivan Peren using LED lighting and cast resin.

O'Sullivan Peren's work discusses, within the traditional category of Beauty, a search for the Modern Sublime through technology, a contemporary response to ecological concerns and identity in post-colonial New Zealand.


2017 Central Arts Trust Grant, Transit Project

2015 Creative New Zealand Funding Waitaki Light Festival

2015 Central Arts Creative Community Grant, Winter Festival Artist in residence.

2010 Wellington Sculpture Trust Grant, Northern Gateway Project

Artist in Residence:

2014 Artists Residency, Kaka Point, Aotearoa NZ, DarkLightArtCollective

2009 Canterbury University Fine Arts Research Residency

1996 Black Church Print Studio Dublin Ireland.


2015 Oamaru Intermediate, Waitaki Light Festival, The Event in Transit Project

2015 Remarkable Primary School Art and the AnthropocenePlastic recycled Milk, with LED Solar lights

2015 Queenstown Primary Art and the Anthropocenerecycled plastic milk bottles LED Solar Lights extinction   project.

2017 Remarkable School The Event in Transit Project, Seeing the Stars.


 2019 Sculpture in the Gardens Auckland Botanical Gardens

2017 Waikato Contemporary Art Awards, Vanity Suite Series

2017 Rippon Gallery Wipeout.

2015 Iceberg Project Winter Festival Queenstown,

2015, Free Beauties Oamaru, Waitaki Light Festival NZ,

2015 Transit of Venus Project, 

2014 Rubbishlegium, Paradise Lost. Dunedin School of Art, 

2013 Art + Neuroscience Otago School of Medicine 

2013 Art + Law OtagoUniversity Law School, 

2013 Abstract Milbank Lane Queenstown, 

2012 Illuinations, Dunedin School of Art, Gallery 

2011 Illuminationsshow cancelled due to Earthquake Feb 22, NG Gallery.

1999 Land of Milk and Honey, Arrowtown Museum, Arrowtown, 

1996 New Work, Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin 

1996 Four Irish Printmakers Rubicon Gallery

1995 New Work, Mike Steiner Gallery, Rotorua1990 Kudos Gallery, Wellington



2017 Waikato Contemporary Art Awards -Vanity Series 2017

2016 Malcolm Smith Gallery Estuary Art Award, 

2015 Blue Oyster Project False Demographic 

2013 Lux International Free Beauties, Te Aro Park, Light Sculpture 

2013 V-Space Robertson Library ’Boy Band’ Self titled Album, 

2013 Art + Neuroscience Marion Wassenaar, Dr Lucia Schoderbock, Kristin Peren, 

2012 Art + Mental Health, Otago University, 

2010 Utopia, Centre of Contemporary Art Christchurch, 

2009 WSA Paint and Print, 

2006 The New Alchemists,Monash Gallery of Art, Australia, 

2006 The New Alchemists, Australian State of Victoria Gallery, Australia, 

2006 The New Alchemists,Gippsland Art Gallery, Australia, 

2005 The New Alchemists,The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu [Box of Treasures], Nelson, 

2005 The New Alchemists,Te Manawa Gallery, Palmerston North,

2005 Finalist, Anthony Harper ContemporaryAwards Arts, COCA, Christchurch 

2005, The New Alchemists,Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2004 The New Alchemists,Dowse Art Gallery, Wellington, 

2004 Dowse Art, James Wallace Art AwardTraveling show [What’s the Point]

2004 James Wallace Art Awards, Auckland [finalist with What’s the Point] ,

2003 New Work, Amisfield Winery, Queenstown, 

1999 Three women, Bowen Gallery, Wellington, 

1998 Three women, Bowen Gallery, Wellington,

1996 Group Exhibition, Print Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin, 

1996 Irish Printmakers, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 

1996 10 Women Artists, The Gallery, Wellington, 

1995 Mainland Art Award, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 

1992 Selected Thorndon Artists, Marilyn Savill Gallery, Wellington, 

1992 Caltex Landscape Art Award Exhibition, National Museum, Wellington, 

1991 New Zealand Printmakers Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, 

1988 Ist Off, Proba Gallery, Auckland


Works on paper:

2017 2016 Ordinary time 

2016 Crush2011 ‘illumination print, 

2009 ‘Light Lands’C prints, 

2007-08 ‘Trying to Capture the Light’# I, # II, # III print series, 

1996 ‘The Irish’print series 1995 ‘Islands’print series




2019 NZ Wool Boundary Rug 3.4 x 2.2 m

2017Trustneon light private commission Rangitera Investment

2016 Ordinary timeAnna Livesey Book cover,

2015 Sustainable Ice Berg Project Winter Festival Queenstown,  

2013 Free Beauties Lux 2013 Te Aro Park, 

2012 Love Otago University Robertson Library,

2010 Breath of Light, Shortlisted for the Northern Gateway Wellington (WCC +WST),

2009 Seeing the Light

2007Papakura(2005-08), Aqualand, Frankton Events Centre, Queenstown, 

2005 Poplars(2003-05), Private Collection, Queenstown, 

1998 Land Sea and Sky, Credit Suisse, Wellington, 

1998 Mural, Saffron Restaurant, Arrowtown, 

1997 Mural, Clear Communications, NZ, Levin, 

1997 Box Print Set with John Drawbridge, NZ,1996 ‘Taranaki’ print series, Caltex Oil, N

1995 Mural, Clear Communications, NZ, Porirua and Levin,

1992 ‘Cannibal Rabbit’print series, Air New Zealand, 

1992 ‘Water and Land’print series, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, NZ,

1991 ‘Te Mata Peak’[Sleeping Giant] prints series, Private Collection, NZ 


Sculpture series:

2017         Hubble

2014          Free Beauties

2007          Papakura Aqua Land Events Centre Queenstown Light Sculpture

2009          Baleful Fusion’# I, # II, # III, 

2008           Fissure’# I, # II, # III, 2004-07 ‘False Trophies’,

2003-07    Poplars

 1998         Islands

 Relevant Work Experience:


1999-2006 Set up Angel Divine

1999-97   Print Tutor, Visual Communication Design (Wellington) Massey University

1995   Print Tutor, Inverlochy Art School, Wellington

1994-   Print Tutor, Whitireia Polytechnic Craft & Design Diploma 

Education Officer, The Print Studio, Wellington City Gallery Liaison Officer for NZ exhibition The paper architectureof Brodsky and Utkin

1986   Design development with Bremworth Carpets, Auckland


Selected publications

 Scope 2015 the Event in Transit project 2014 Scope NZ012 Junctures, Otago Polytechnic (NZ), 2012 Asian Art News (HK), 2010 Habitus (AUS), 2009 World Sculpture News (Hong Kong), 2008 Takahe (NZ), 2005 Takahe (NZ), 2005 Craft Arts International(Sydney)