Janet Mazenier

I am continually filtering visual clues, my paintings erupting somewhere 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 mixed with cold wax medium with all its richness and materiality is my painting medium. My drawings are simply drawn with graphite.

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 where 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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 “Be Happy”, group exhibition at Flagstaff Gallery, 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

2019 The River Runs Deep, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland

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


2017- 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

I am now teaching Introduction to Cold Wax Medium workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Wanganui.

Cold Wax Medium workshops - do you want to paint in layers with a fast-drying medium that allows you to paint, draw, carve and create textured surfaces?  Cold wax medium (CWM) allows you to do all this and more. CWM is a versatile medium that, when mixed with paint or pigment can create vibrancy and patina, translucence and opacity in your paintings.

CWM is not encaustic wax so there is no need to use any heat-based method to make art with wax.  CWM is chemically altered beeswax mixed with an organic solvent, combined with oil paints or dry pigments; it can also be used on its own, or mixed with particulates for textural applications.  It dries hard.

Through these workshops we will explore techniques that create visual texture with a sense of depth, mood or meaning.  You will develop multiple small works, applying various techniques using CWM to create either landscape or abstract paintings.  CWM is fun, easy to use and suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.  Artists can paint realistically or in abstract style depending on preference. If you are interested in getting a group of six or more together I will travel to your location to teach.