Artist Bio Kristin O'Sullivan Peren


2017 Waikato Contemporary Art Awards -Vanity Series 2017 Finalist,

2016 Malcolm Smith Gallery Estuary Art Award, 

2005Anthony Harper ContemporaryAwards Arts, Finalist, COCA, Christchurch 

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

2004The New Alchemists,Dowse Art Gallery, Wellington

2004 James Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, What’s the PointFinalist

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

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


2007 Creative New Zealand+ Central Arts Trust Prize PapakuraPublic Sculpture Queenstown 

2017 Central Arts Trust Grant, TheEventinTransitProjectMeasuringthestar Remarkable Primary School.

2015 Creative New Zealand Funding Waitaki Light Festival The Event in Transit Project.

2015 Central Arts Creative Community Grant Sustainable Ice Berg Project Winter Festival 

2013 Massey University and Lux International Trust Free BeautiesLux 2013 Te Aro Park, 

2010 Wellington Sculpture Trust Grant, Northern Gateway Project


2017Trust neon light private commission Rangitera Investment

2016Ordinary 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(2007-08), Aqualand, Frankton Events Centre, Queenstown, 

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

1998Land Sea and Sky, Credit Suisse, Wellington, 

1998 Mural, Saffron Restaurant, Arrowtown, NZ

1997 Mural, Clear Communications, NZ, Levin, 

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

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 


2014 Artist Residency, Kaka point Aotearoa NZ, Dark Light Art Collective

2009 Canterbury University Fine Arts Research Residency

1996 Black Church Print Studio Dublin Ireland


Critical Thinking, Project based art practice, creativity, Work with a team, listening, engage with new technologies easily, research whizz, can work well with humanity. Interested in urban design and love the healing powers of Play. Curious about how people live and the power of Light.

Publications as Author

2015. Scope the Event in Transit Project Otago polytechnic

2014 Art in the Anthropocene KOP  


2015 UNESCOs Year of Light Project the Sustainable Ice berg Project: Dan Kelly

2012 Junctures, Otago Polytechnic (NZ), Responsibilities, Reclamations and Recuperations: the critical constructions of Kristin O’Sullivan Peren Cassandra Fusco  

2014 Scope NZ 

2012 Asian Art News (HK), 2010 Habitus (AUS), 

2009World Sculpture News(Hong Kong), 


2005Takahe (NZ),

2005 Craft Arts International(Sydney)

Collaborative Projects

My collaborative project like the sustainable iceberg project (estimated 1000 participants) and the ongoing Event in transit project involve going into schools and engaging huge amounts of students, teachers and caregivers. 

Dark light Art Collective, four artist who meet at Art School and from different creative disciplines engage on different projects and there out comes.


Masters of Fine Art 2012-14 

Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic New Zealand

After a successful twenty years as a practicing outside artist, with Residency, Teaching positions and Public Commission my life went upside down. I was in Christchurch preparing for my opening at the Ng Gallery on the 22nd February 2011, 6.3 earthquake struck. 185 people lost their lives, 3 near where I stood. This had a profound effect on me and it is from this major human catastrophe, I choose to do my masters in fine art.

While researching my MFA, I was kindly chosen to exhibit at the Otago University Law School, as the Art and Law Exchange Fellow. Also, the opportunity to be involved in Art/ Science collaboration with Dr Lucia Schweitzera PhD Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, accumulated in an exhibition at the Otago University School of Medicine. The luxury of doing a M.F.A as a mid-career Artist is I had an open admission to the restricted archives within three fully resourced institutions: The Alexander Turnball Library, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and the Queensland Library in Brisbane, Australia.

The HMS Endeavour and its crew’s arrival in Aotearoa in 1769 and the navigation of that significant event in New Zealand History and the following mistranslations of this historical event became impetus behind my MFA thesis and art work 

Masters of Fine Art Show.

Free Beauties' A light sculpture3.4 m x.4 x.6 Resin Hull, LED’s with C computer programme. 

This light sculpture records the first day on New Zealand soil of Sir Joseph Banks, Dr. Solander and the artist Sydney Parkinson; who on collection of 60 new flora specimens, recorded their Maori name, with in the Linnaeus system and dried them between sheets of a Critic of John Milton Poem, Paradise Lost by Joseph Addison, from the Spectator Magazine. So, they could be painted and preserved for future florilegium’s.

 'RubbishlegiumParadise Lost' 

A installation of recycled hard drives and computer screens, which when rebooted and fixed where installed with semi real Photographic series: images of recycled rubbish, collected artifacts and atmospheric colour made from programmed LED’s of the artist breath. The layout of the installation was a reenactment of the historic 1769 map drawn by Tupaia, the Tahitian Navigator on Board the HMS Endeavor. The map had only just been authenticated as Tupaia's Map, previously history had given Captain Cookthe authorship and honor of the drawing the first map of the Pacific Ocean and its Islands.

The Drop Project'

The Transit of Venus 2012; stop motion video ‘with footage witness and captured by the Peren with a Camera Obscurer on location in Dunedin on June 5, 2012 the transit of Venus was only visible for a short period of time between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm, the rest of New Zealand was in cloud and missed out on this eclipse.

Publications as Author

2015. Scope the Event in Transit Project Otago polytechnic

2014 Art in the Anthropocene KOP  


The sustainable Ice berg Lecture on work in the Winter festival Queenstown

Gallery Affiliations

Have shown as part of travelling shows in many New Zealand public Gallery’s and Art spaces.


Private company and Art Collectors.

Including Te Papa, and the Queenstown Arts Trust. Lakes District Council


Kristin O'Sullivan Perenis a multi-media artist whose practice responds to extremities of land, language and object. 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 workdiscusses 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. 

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