Alan Hodgetts - artist profile

For me, art is communication, pure and simple. My work is mostly figurative. I purposely work in a wide range of media and techniques in order to express my ideas, messages and stories. Paintings with oils and acrylics, drawings in ink, pencil and charcoal, metal jewellery and stone sculpture are my main disciplines.My interest in history inspires the way I work. I use bronze age casting techniques to create unique jewellery in precious, non precious metals and alloys and my stone sculptures reflect ancient themes and objects. Social commentary through art is a developing interest to me. My observations of our modern world, particularly human vices, follies and artifice provides a lot of material for my more humourous work. My work is direct and I don't need to write a thesis to explain it. For me, art has to be challenging but more importantly it has to be accessible and lots of fun. I am a practising member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and commissioned works are a significant part of my art practice.

'MethChef II Masterclass', charcoal on paper

'MethChef', charcoal on paper

'MethChef', charcoal on paper

More of Alan's work....

Overall winner

Alan was the overall winner of the 2013 Wellington Emerging Artist Awards with his charcoal on paper, Navigator.

Recent exhibitions and events


We are working on a new gallery space at home, and will be welcoming visitors to exhibitions through the year.  More information to follow.


  • NZ Artshow 2016
  • 'Art from the heart', Academy members exhibition, NZAFA
  • 'Join the Club', Alan and Ellen joint audio visual exhibition in the Lightspace Gallery, NZAFA


  • Pop d'Art - pop up gallery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porirua being a city
  • 'Gallipoli Trilogy', NZAFA
  • 'Solo 38', NZAFA
  • 'Signing Belonging', NZAFA


  • Art on the Wharf - New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • Pataka Friends Arts Awards 2014 - finalists exhibition
  • 'Quarter Acre' New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 'Naked' New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts


  • New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts 2013 Annual Exhibition
  • 'Waituhi Taonga' Artrium Gallery, Thorndon
  • 2013 Wellington Emerging Artists Awards - Overall Winner
  • 'Works on Paper' New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • Harbour City Rotary Club Art Awards & Exhibition
  • NZ Art show, TSB Arena Wellington City
  • 'Matariki' Star & Cloak, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 'Pataka Friends Art Awards 'finalists exhibition
  • 'Life is Sweet' Joint exhibition with Ellen Hodgetts, Thistle Gallery, Wellington
  • 'Meet the Ancestors' Porirua IV Artists, Pataka Gallery, Porirua City
  • 'Remake' New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts (collaboration with Ellen Hodgetts)
  • 'Red Tape' Asteron Centre, Wellington City
  • 'Celebrate Colour' Thistle Hall Lightbox (collaboration with Ellen Hodgetts)
  • 'Black vs White' Artrium Gallery, Thorndon
  • Wellington Emerging Artists Awards double finalist- 2nd prize for works on paper
  • NZ Art show, TSB Arena Wellington City
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