Michael Dell

Michael Dell was born on Banks Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand. He started his art practice by making works on paper and later graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 1994. While in his final year at art school he won the 1993 Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award. Recently Dell won the 2019 Parkin Drawing Prize, which makes him one of the few artists to win both of this country’s premier drawing awards.

Dell is widely recognised for the particular surface quality of his paintings and has work in a number of public collections, including; Christchurch City Art Gallery, Auckland University, The Suter Gallery, TSB Wallace Arts Trust.

Dell’s work combines his interest in the relationship between modes of representation and abstraction, with nature and the landscape. His work is often described as having an ambivalent, everyday quality that is equally unremarkable in its simplicity and lack of narrative as it is absorbing in its stillness and otherness.

View Dell’s past solo exhibitions at Föenander Galleries
Michael Dell | Even Now
Michael Dell | Nature in my Mind
Michael Dell | Between Nature and Nothing




Parkin Drawing Prize 2019 (Winner)

Parkin Drawing Prize 2017 (Merit)

Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award 1993 (Winner)

Rotoart Gallagher National Art Award, Hamilton 1990 (Winner)

Rotoart Gallagher National Art Award, Hamilton 1988 (Winner)

Rotoart Gallagher National Art Award, Hamilton 1984 (Winner)

Tauranga National Art Award 1983 (Merit)




Christchurch City Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu

Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi O Whakatu

University of Auckland Art Collection

Parkin Drawing Collection

James Wallace Arts Trust

Wanganui Polytechnic

Potton Art Collection

The National Bank Collection

Tokyo Bank, Japan



2021 ‘Even Now’, Föenander Galleries, Auckland

2018 ‘Nature In My Mind’ NKB Gallery, Auckland

2018 ‘Before / Now’ Survey Show NMIT G-Space Gallery, Nelson

2016 ‘Between Nature And Nothing’ NKB Gallery, Auckland

2015 Moutere / New Work’ NFC Gallery, Nelson

2008’ Surface Nature’ Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

2005 ‘In Between’ McPherson Gallery, Auckland

2005 ‘Paintings And works On Paper’ City Art Depot, Christchurch

2005 ‘In Between’ Peter Rae Gallery, Dunedin

2004 ‘Recent Work’ McPherson Gallery, Auckland

2002 ‘Recent Work’ Studio Works Gallery, Christchurch

1999 ‘Drawings’ Chartwell Gallery, Hamilton

1998 ‘Drawings’ The Drawings Gallery, Auckland

1996 ‘Drawings From The Inside’ Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch

1995 ‘ Arranging The Object’ Moray Gallery, Dunedin

1993 ‘Vignettes’ Solutions Gallery, Dunedin