Kirsty Black: About & Media


A Colourful World of Invented Narrative
I aim to create joyful works that engage the viewer, leading them on a journey of individual interpretation.

The first step in starting a new work is intuitive. The freedom of the initial gestural sweep of colour, and vigorous brush work provides the framework. Shapes and movement reveal themselves, transporting me into a colourful world of invented narrative. In much the same way cloud gazing prompts a story or daydreaming allows the mind to meander, the development of the artwork in front of me sparks my imagination and a story unfolds.

Growing up I travelled extensively, living in various countries around the world. This immersion in different cultures was exciting and stimulating. The lasting impression of colours, smells, shapes and energy is distilled into my personality providing a backdrop to my work.

In the last 15 years I have presented my work around New Zealand, selling here and overseas. I also have a work, Pontoon Bay, with The James Wallace Arts Trust.

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Look See superimposed on wall


If you  would like to visualize what an artwork would look like on your wall I’m happy to play Match Maker. Simply send me a  photo of your wall and I will superimpose the painting on to it. Skylark Swoop seen here has been superimposed into an interior.


Matakana, Auckland

Railway Street Gallery
Newmarket, Auckland

Mobile Art Gallery, Mt Eden, Auckland

The Little Gallery, Tairua & Whangamata

Art Box Gallery, Christchurch

Soul Gallery, Hamilton


Parkin Drawing Prize 2020: Finalist
(Winner to be announced 3 Aug 2020)

The Cleveland Art Awards 2019: Finalist

Elected Member of NZ Academy of Fine Art 2019

Molly Morpeth Canaday 2017: Finalist

Estuary Art Awards 2015 (Curated by Warwick Brown): Finalist

Estuary Art Awards 2013 (Curated by Rob Garret): Finalist
The James Wallace Arts Trust, Pontoon Bay, Private Collection