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Behind The Art

Jody Hope Gibbons | 1966
Contemporary painter
Matakana, New Zealand


Welcome. I’m a contemporary New Zealand painter with works held in many private collections both here and throughout the world.


I was born Jody Gibbons and grew up in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Once turning my focus to producing art, I took up my family name of Hope Gibbons as my signature to honour the passing of my father, someone who's stoic belief in me has always given me strength.  

I’ve always been driven to expand my knowledge base, whether it be exploring new techniques or studying more classical references. I’ve completed several Mastery Contemporary Painting courses out of Auckland, and have been privately tutored by some of New Zealand’s most renown teachers. I was published in New Zealand’s Favourite Artists Volume 2, which was a huge compliment. Knowing and seeing how much enjoyment my work brings to people is something I am


grateful for and cherish. My work has also featured in lifestyle publications such as NZ Life and Leisure and NZ House and Garden.


My current works explore the materiality of paint - they push the boundaries of traditional painting practice and techniques. I exploit the use of paint, rust, inks, leaf and varnish. My work is ever-changing and currently becoming bolder, colourful and more gestural, however the recurring reference back to the land is always evident.

Qualifications & Awards
2021 Cold Wax Workshop, Creative Matakana

2020 Ceramics Course, Richard Naylor - Further Doings Studio

2016 Encaustic Workshop, Ponsonby

2014 Winner of the Abstract Award, Waitakere Trusts Sculpture & Arts Awards
2013 Abstract Award, Waitakere Trusts Sculpture & Arts Awards
2013 Winner of the 2013 ILT ART AWARDS Southland Art Society
2010 Finalist in the NZ ART SHOW Signature Art Awards
2007 Winner Provincial Pride Art Awards: "Exploration in Contemporary Techniques Award"
2005 Mastery Programme 2005 Advanced Mixed Media Painting
2001 Rutherford College (Certificate of Visual Arts)
1998-2005 Various Arts Programmes incl ASA & Artstation

Publications & Features
"New Zealand's Favourite Artists 2 " by Denis Robinson, published by Saint Publishing - June 2008
NZ Life and Leisure Magazine - Jan/Feb 2007
NZ Herald "Viva" - February 2005
Rodney Times Newspaper "Paintings by Hope Gibbons" - Mar 2005
Ponsonby Flat White "Over the Fence" - May 2003
NZ House & Garden "Ex Libris" February 2001
Next Magazine "Enterprise" Nov 2001