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1970        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam, University of Auckland

1971        Diploma of Teaching, Auckland Teachers College

1972-73  Teaching position at Auckland Girls Grammar School 


Solo Exhibitions

2015        Still, NKB Gallery, Auckland

2014        A Whole Little World, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, Wellington

2007        Still Life, Mc Pherson Gallery, Auckland

2005        Story Tellers Stories, Writers Portraits, Shed 11, Wellington

2001-03  The Face of the Writer, Traveling Exhibition of 25 portraits;

                 Napier Art Gallery and Museum; New Zealand Portrait Gallery,

                 Wellington; Aigantighe Gallery, Timaru; Blenheim Public Art Gallery;

                 Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland

2003        Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1997        Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1996        Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

1994        Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland

1993        Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

1992        Canterbury Galleries, Dunedin

1990        Janne Land Gallery, Wellington

1990        RKS Art, Auckland

1988        Carnegie Galleries, Dunedin

1983        RKS Art, Auckland

1980        RKS Art, Auckland

1979        Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland

1975        Barry Lett Gallery, Auckland


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015        Capital Characters, Shed 11, Wellington

2012        Her Painted Words, Katherine Mansfield Birthplace  House, Wellington

2008        Creme Gallery, Wanaka

1998        Revisioning The Real, Lopdell House, Robert McDougall Art Gallery

1996        New Zealand Real, Milford House, Dunedin

1995        The Persuasion of the Real, Hawkes Bay Museum, Gisborne Museum,  

                 Manawatu Art Gallery, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland

1994        Real Vision, Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch

1992        Real/Surreal, CSA Gallery, Christchurch

1985        Still Life, New Vision Gallery, Christchurch

1979        Contemporary New Zealand Realist Painters, Auckland City Art Gallery 1977        Young Contemporaries, Auckland City Art Gallery

1975        New Zealand Women Painters, Auckland City Art Gallery


Art Practice

My art practice involves two painting genres: Still Life and Portraiture. 


Still Life

In 2007 I held a solo exhibition of still life paintings of timeless, everyday objects, using simple forms which have endured through the centuries; the bowl, the jug, plates and cloth. The act of painting removes these objects from the mundane into another sphere. An object, ordinary and valueless becomes something curious and precious.



With these still life works I have explored the centuries old technique of glazing with transparent oil paint on a traditional gessoed ground. Just as the still life genre has a long history, so does this “indirect” method of oil painting. It is slow and requires long periods of drying times between glazes but achieves depth and lustre. Working as a realist painter I continue to explore oil painting techniques and the narrative of the object.



I have been involved with portraiture for many years and have fulfilled a number of portrait commissions. My most ambitious body of work in this field culminated in “The Face of the Writer” exhibition of twenty five portraits of contemporary New Zealand Writers.


Inspired by my love of New Zealand literature, I embarked on this collection of portraits of writers as a celebration of their work. In their writing I find the first point of revelation of personality.



'The Face of the Writer' Exhibiton Catalogue by Hawke's Bay Cutural Trust

'New Zealand Portraits' by Richard Wolfe

'100 New Zealand Paintings' by Warwick Brown

'The Power of Portraiture' by Erin Griffey

'A Concise History of New Zealand Painting' by Michael Dunn

'Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting' by Gil Docking: 1990 Edition revised by Michael Dunn

'New Zealand Women Artists' by Anne Kirker (text)

'New Zealand Art: A Mordern Perspective' by Elva Bett

'Women and the Arts in New Zealand: Forty Works 1936 - 1986' by Elizabeth Eastman and Merimeri Penfold

'An Introduction to New Zealand Painting: 1839 - 1980' by Gordon H Brown and Hamish Keith: New and revised edition 1982



'Art New Zealand  30: Paintings of Glenda Randerson' by Michael Dunn

'The Listener, 1980: Directions in Mordern Realism' by Michael Dunn

'Education No 4, 1980: New Zealand Painters' by Peter Smith



'New Zealand Women Painters Catalogue, 1975': Auckland City Art Gallery

'Islands 6, 1973'



© 2015 by Glenda Randerson

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