Born in Auckland New Zealand in 1956, Craig Primrose is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, known globally for his skillful portraiture, sporting imagery and stunning landscapes. Throughout his artistic career, Craig has enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim – having had sell-out exhibitions throughout Europe and New York, as well as being selected to portray some of the world’s greatest sports teams and superstars.
In 2003 he was commissioned to paint Sir Edmund Hillary in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking 1953 ascent to Mt Everest; and was subsequently appointed Sir Edmund’s preferred portrait artist. During this period Craig produced only fifteen portraits of Hillary, making them very special and highly collectable pieces.
Portraits of the Land (August 2013, Remuera Gallery) is Craig’s first solo exhibition in over 10 years. Painted within the realms of contemporary realism, the show includes an array of landscapes, selected portrait imagery and nude studies. A testament to Craig’s outstanding ability as an artist, these images capture the magnificence of New Zealand’s natural environment and surrounding atmospheric conditions; as well as the uniqueness and vitality of his subjects.
Exhibitions at the Remuera Gallery: