Michael Dell

Michael Dell was born on Banks Peninsula in 1960. He began painting with watercolour in 1983 and received several awards over the following years. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 1994 and took first place in the Cranleigh Barton Award that same year. Since then Dells drawings and paintings have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Auckland and Japan.  Dell is widely recognised for the particular surface quality of his work, and has work in a number of public collections, including: Christchurch Art Gallery, Auckland University, TSB Wallace Arts Trust, The Centre of Contemporary Art and Tokyo Bank, Japan.


Wallace Trust Art Award (Finalist) 2017
Parkin Drawing Prize (Merit Award), 2017
Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award Christchurch 1993
Gallagher Group, National Art Award Hamilton 1990, 1988, 1984
Tauranga National Art Award 1983 (merit)    

Public collections:

Christchurch City Art Gallery, Te Puna O Waiwhetu
James Wallace Arts Trust Collection
The University of Auckland Art Collection
National Bank Collection 
The Suter Art Gallery, Te Aratio O Waiwhetu
The Centre of Contemporary Art 
Toyko Bank, Japan

Selected Solo exhibitions

2018 'Before Now' (Survey Show) NMIT G-Space Gallery, Nelson
2016 'Between Nature & Nothing', nkb Gallery, Auckland
2015 ‘Moutere’  New Work NCF Gallery, Nelson
2008 'Surface Nature’ Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2005 ‘In Between’ McPherson Gallery, Auckland
2005 ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ City Art Gallery, Christchurch
2005 ‘In Between’ Peter Rae Gallery, Dunedin
2004 ‘Recent Work’ McPherson Gallery, Auckland
2002 ‘Recent work’ Studioworks Gallery, Christchurch
1999 ‘Drawings’ Chartwell Gallery, Artspost, Hamilton
1998 ‘Drawings’ The Drawings Gallery, Auckland
1996 ‘Drawings from the Inside’ Center of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
1995: ‘Arranging the Object’  Moray Gallery, Dunedin
1993 ‘Vignettes’ Solutions Galley, Dunedin
1993 ‘Vignettes’ C S A Gallery, Christchurch
1992 ‘Excavation/Extraction’ W S A Gallery, Hamilton  

Sticks Field Stack Orange/Stripe/Edge Two Trees Upper Moutere Forest
Untitled Cluster Gateway Yellow Marker Blue/Stripe/Edge
Black/Green/Stripe/Edge Nowhere Landscape Black/Stripe/Edge Near the River
Cluster with Skull Nature Morte Green/Stripe/Edge Row of Trees
Trees at Ngatimoti Field with Trees Pathway, Moutere Forest Forest
Clearing, Pigeon Valley Trees at Moutere Cluster of Objects Landscape with Small Road
Landscape at Moutere Nature as Nothing/ Moutere Landscape White Sky at Eggers Road Forest / Black
Night Forest White Sky Near Sunday Creek Road​ Winter Road Winter Road ii
Every Valley Nightfall/Pigeon Valley Moutere Highway Landscape (iii) Moutere Highway Landscape (ii)
Untitled/Dark over Light Untitled/Light over Dark Moutere Highway Landscape (i) Untitled/Field
Pigeon Valley Road Pigeon Valley River Scrubland/Towards Moutere       White Line / Sunday Morning
Pink Sky / Winter Road