Janet Mazenier

As a painter I am continually filtering visual clues, working on a continuum between figuration and abstraction.  I battle with looking past the distraction of the obvious, re-interpreting life’s fleeting moments and turning them into something ambiguous, discombobulated and colourful.

Distilling experiences and sensations is at the heart of my practice. The work leads me to a certain place, usually reminiscent of territory. Paint with all its richness and materiality is both my drawing and painting medium.

I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015 and am currently studying towards my Masters of Fine Art at Elam, University of Auckland. My studio is based in Devonport, Auckland and I am represented by the Flagstaff Gallery. My work is held in private collections in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.


Awards and Competitions

2019 Estuary Art Awards finalist

2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday, finalist

2017 Waikato Printmaking and Painting awards, finalist

2016 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland

2016 Finalist, Parkin Drawing Award, New Zealand

2015 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland

2014 North City Plaza “unleashed” art competition finalist, painting, Porirua

2014 Pataka Friends Art Awards, finalist, Porirua

2013 Pataka Friends Art Awards, finalist, Porirua

2013 Cliftons Art Prize, competition finalist, painting, Auckland

2009 Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet – photo competition, finalist, Porirua

2008 East Arts Awards – winner “new artist” category, painting, Auckland

Planned Exhibitions

2019 Elam, University of Auckland (MFA study)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 WRC art auction, Wellington

2019 Kings College Art Sale, Auckland

2019 MAGS art show, Auckland

2019 “Artfusion”, Carmel College, Auckland

2018 “Inner Landscapes”, two person exhibition at Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland

2018 Flagstaff Gallery 25 year anniversary exhibition group show

2018 "Open call", Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

2018 Opus international artist collective.  Las Vegas Art Fair, United States

2017 "The Art of Bringing Together", Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland

2017 "The Art Room Extended", Depot Artspace, Auckland

2016 "The Other Side Of Being", October, Flagstaff Gallery

2015 Graduate Exhibition, Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Auckland

2015 Whitecliffe, year 4 BFA “fast food”, Auckland

2014 Whitecliffe, Advanced Diploma Fine Arts “we are three”, Auckland

2014 Con-Fluent poetry-art collaboration, Porirua

2012 Artbourne, Eastbourne, Wellington

2012 Mana Art Society, Porirua

2011 NZ Academy of Fine Arts, “Art to go”, Wellington

2010 NZ Art Show, Wellington

2010 Artbourne, Eastbourne, Wellington

2009 Pataka, “Local colour red”, Porirua

2009 NZ Art Show, Wellington

2008 Thistle Hall, Wellington

2008 NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Summer exhibition, Wellington

Selected Individual Exhibitions

2018 Inner Landscapes two-person show, Flagstaff, Auckland

2016 Leveraged, DepotArtspace, Auckland

2014 Emerging Light Gallery, Plimmerton, Porirua

2008 Gallery 1847 Pauatahanui “Essence”, Pauatahanui, Porirua


2019 Elam, Masters of Fine Arts candidate, University of Auckland

2015 Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Auckland

2014 Whitecliffe School of Art & Design, Advanced Diploma Fine Arts, Auckland