Simon Kaan is of Chinese, Ngai Tahu and Pakeha ancestry. He graduated with a major in Printmaking from the Otago Polytechnic in 1993 and has exhibited widely in New Zealand in both public and dealer galleries.


In 2004 Simon undertook the Red Gate Gallery Residency in Beijing with the support of Creative New Zealand. Recently he has been included in Warwick Brown's book, Seen this Century: 100 Contemporary New Zealand Artists – A Collector's Guide.


Untitled, Dusky Project, 2016
Carved oil on board
1,250 x 1,250 mm, framed
$14,000 (SOLD)

My response to my time in Dusky Sound is one of nostalgia, both from a cultural and environmental
perspective. There are many layers to this place, some apparent and some hidden. The changing environment and shifting moods seem to embrace its spirit. I think about the people who were once here and the cultural collisions that took place, and then ask the question, “how was this place before they were here?” There are wing tips and a solitary waka with folding panels creating pulses.

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