VIVIEN MASTERS

b. 1987 in Auckland, New Zealand

Growing up in New Zealand surrounded by dark native forest, Masters’ developed an early affinity with nature and the unknown. Her classically informed figurative paintings of physically and emotionally isolated women draw from the mystery and beauty of the natural world, and it’s relentless cycles of birth, death and decay. Masters’ emotionally charged pieces offer introspective views of melancholy, strength and vulnerability.

Masters graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Visual Arts from the Auckland University of Technology in 2009. Her work has been exhibited across New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

EDUCATION

2017- Figure painting workshop with Ted Minoff and Katie Whipple, Grand Central Atelier, NEW YORK

2016- Portrait drawing and painting workshop with Gregory Mortenson, Grand Central Atelier, NEW YORK

2008- Bachelor of Visual Arts, Auckland University of Technology, NEW ZEALAND

 

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

WILLIAM MORTENSEN + THE COVEN OF THE SIBYLLINE
Unseen Masterworks 
curated by Stephen Romano Gallery

Nov 25 - 28 @ THE LIVING GALLERY OUTPOST
246 EAST 4th Street, NYC

Opening reception Nov 25, 6 - 9pm

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

DE DOMO DIABOLI/THE DEVIL'S HOUSE, The Living Gallery Outpost, NYC, 2017

Gowanus Artists Group Exhibition/Benefit Auction, 313 Butler Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC, 2017

Gowanus Open Studios, Square Dot Plus Studios, Brooklyn, NYC, 2017

Black & White, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, Brooklyn, NYC, 2017

ACCESS ART, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NYC, 2015

Unbound Vol. V, Artistree Gallery, Vermont, USA, 2015

The Original Art Sale, Vodafone Events Center, Auckland, New Zealand, 2015

Flourish, St Heliers Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2013

Asphyxia Couture, BIZDOJO Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013

Wild Things, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012

Carnivale, Space 39 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2012

Unbound, ArtStation Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012

A3 Show, Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 2012

Japanese Art Festival, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012

I Made You a Mix Tape, Corban Estate Art Center, Auckland, New Zealand, 2012

Rapture, Space 39 Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 2011

A3 Print Show, Fraser Studios, Sydney, Australia, 2011

The New Zealand Art Show, TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011

A3 Print Show, Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 2011

BVA Graduating Exhibition, AUT, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008

I've Wandered Much of Late, St Paul Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008

Watch This Space, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2008

 

SELECTED PRESS

OR DOES IT EXPLODE, USA, Vivien Masters' Surreal Women Paintings, Nov 15, 2015

SEVEN DAYS VT, USA, Art Review: Unbound Vol. V, ArtisTree Gallery, Jul, 2015

ArtsDiary.co.nz, NZ, Group Show- Wild Things, Nov, 2012

NZGirl.co.nz, NZ, Wild Things, Nov, 2012

Western Leader, NZ, Creativity at it's best, Feb 14, 2012

Howick & Pakuranga Times, NZ, Capital Show, Sept 7, 2011

PASS IT ON e-zine, Australia, Vivien Masters, Aug, 2011,

Illustrious online, Featured Illustrator: Vivien Masters, Jul, 2011

Alt NOIR magazine, UK, Issue 17, June, 2011

Pink Noise Art Zine, NZ, April, 2011

Eastern Courier, NZ, Creating Art for a 45,000 Strong Crowd, Feb 2, 2011

Howick & Pakuranga Times, NZ, Painting for Charity, Jan 20, 2011