About

From Dunedin New Zealand, Foley exhibits internationally, with works placed in a number of public and private collections. Over the last decade he has been a regular visitor to Europe, basing himself between Dunedin and Berlin, exhibiting throughout Europe and Scandinavia. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award which included a 4 month residency at the cultural centre Altes Spital in Solothurn Switzerland.

'Most recently, moving image and how the two mediums of painting and digital projection can be combined in to a singular medium has been a focus. Creating ‘moving image paintings’ which shift and change, using light and texture in a complex way, a simulacrum of a simulacrum which still retains the integrity of time and place. It moves with incident and creates memory’

A landscape painter, I enjoy depicting urban landscapes and forests. The repetition of naturally occurring forms and the expressive freedom of description is a constant form of fascination for me and my working process.

The urban landscape as a subject; the man-made and it’s encroachment into the environment. Juxtaposition of line against curve and the contrast between the subject and a formal composition within the frame are a constant consideration.'


POB: Wellington, New Zealand, 31/05/1977

Qualifications: 1995-1998, Bachelor of Fine Art, Otago School of Art, Dunedin

Professional Experience:

2016- Open Studio, Ufferhallen, Berlin
2014- Gastkünstler (guest artist), Altes Spital, Solothurn, Switzerland
2012- Artist in Residence, Lom Kommune, Norway
2011/12- Extended working periods in Berlin
2011- Completed a 4 week intensive Deutsch language scholarship in Berlin
2008/13- Co-Director, Whiteroom Design Store, Dunedin
2007- 10 week R & D trip to Europe, visited 30+ major museums and galleries
2005/07- Technical Assistant, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2003- Invitational Judge, Salmon Hall Art Competition
2001/02- Gallery Director, Cite Gallery, Ponsonby Rd, Auckland
2002- Artist in Residence, Puzzling World, Wanaka
2000- Formative member of CITE Artists Collective, Ponsonby, Auckland
1998- Visiting Artist, Logan Park High School, Dunedin
1994- Art Department Technician, LPHS

Solo Exhibitions:

2016- LAKE, Artbay Gallery, Queenstown, NZ
2016- Rennande Vatn (Running Water), S9 Galeri, Oslo, Norway
2015- Moving Image Paintings, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, NZ
2015- Something About the Water, Galerie 9, Solothurn, Switzerland
2014- Harbour, The Artist’s Room and Dowling St Studios, Dunedin, NZ
2014- Kontraste, Galerie 9, Solothurn, Switzerland
2012/14- Rennande Vatn, Tours various locations around Norway
2013- Into the Deep, Whitespace, Auckland
2012- Running Water, Dowling St Studios, Dunedin
2011- Tiefschwarz, The Artist’s Room, Dunedin
2011- Tiefschwarz, Atelier Bar-Am, 2 Goethestr, Berlin, Germany
2011- Domain, Whitespace, Auckland
2010- Otira, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
2010- Detour, Ashburton Art Gallery
2009- Get Real, Whitespace, Auckland
2008- On the Surface, Whitespace, Auckland
2008- Passage of a Shadow, Temple Gallery, Dunedin
2007- Sanctum Viridis, Whitespace, Auckland
2006- Green Belt, SoHo Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2005- The Green Belt, Temple Gallery, Dunedin
2004- The Littoral Tourist, SoHo Galleries Sydney
2001- Tracing the Remains, Grantham Galleries, Auckland
2000- New Works, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Auckland
1999- Sanctuary, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Auckland

Prizes and Awards:

2013- The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award
2010- Peoples Choice Award, The Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
2009- Peoples Choice Award, The Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
2009- Peoples Choice Award, Norfolk House Realist Invitational, Dunedin
2008- Peoples Choice Award, Norfolk House Realist Invitational, Dunedin
2007- Merit Award (1st equal), Parklane Art Awards, Auckland
2006- Highly commended, Park Lane Art Awards, Auckland
2005- The Downie Stewart Peoples Choice Award, Cleveland Art Awards, Dunedin
2003- Peoples Choice Award, Cleveland Art Awards, Dunedin
1998- Merit Award, Oil on Canvas, Southland Young Contemporaries, Invercargill