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Ruth Cleland (b.1976) is originally from the Waikato and currently lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (with distinction) from the Dunedin School of Art in 2002, specialising in printmaking. Cleland is known for her photo-realist paintings and pencil drawings of suburban landscapes as well as her abstract grid works. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in private galleries as well as public art institutions and has won major awards, including the Park Lane Wallace Trust Development Award (2008) and the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award (2003). Cleland is represented by Melanie Roger Gallery in Auckland.
Contact:

Melanie Roger Gallery
444 Karangahape Rd, Newton
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9 360 1151

info@melanierogergallery.com
www.melanierogergallery.com


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Concrete Abstraction, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2014
Grid, Window Gallery, University of Auckland

Kingdom Come, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
2012
Island, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

2010  
Mall, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

Mall, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
2009
Mall, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Centre, Vermont, USA

2006 
Sunny Days, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin

2002 
Saunter, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin

1999 
Outside-inside, Printmakers Studio, Dunedin


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Ocular Fusion, Fox/Jensen Gallery, Auckland
Katharsis, Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato
Urban Realms - Exploring the Interdependence of Urban Spaces, Whakatane Museum, Whakatane
Suburban Dreams, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
2015
New Urban Realists, Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim
Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2014-15
New Urban Realists, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore

2014
Paper Round, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland

Constant Practice, NZ Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe
Parkin Drawing Prize, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
2013
As If You Were Bringing Back Dust From the Moon, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland

Inland Empire, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland (with Gary McMillan)
Summer Exhibition, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
Idyll, NZ Steel Gallery, Franklin Arts Centre, Pukekohe
Architecture of the Heart, MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier
Inland Empire, Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato (with Gary McMillan)
2012
Uneasy Art from the Vault, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

Summer Show, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
2011
Christmas Show, PaperGraphica, Christchurch

Christmas Show, Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland
Yallop and Smith Memorial Exhibition, A Gallery, Dunedin
Auckland Art Fair, Melanie Roger Gallery, Stand 10
Auratica Fantastica, Window, Auckland
2010
Team McMillan BMW Art Awards, Auckland

Metroland, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland
2009/10
National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton

2008-09
National Drawing Award, Artspace, Physics Room, Enjoy Public Art Gallery

2008
Wallace Art Awards Traveling Show, Auckland and Wellington

2007  
Auckland Art Fair, Roger Williams Contemporary

Summer Exhibition, Roger Williams Contemporary, Auckland
2006 
National Drawing Award, Artspace, Auckland and The Physics Room, Christchurch

Waikato National Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton
2005  Wallace Art Awards, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington
Waikato National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton
2004 
National Drawing Award, Artspace, Auckland and Physics Room, Christchurch

Room, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin
2003 
Tease, 82 Bond Street, Dunedin

Waikato National Art Award, Hamilton
2002
The Press Gang, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, and Mahara Gallery, Waikanae

2001 
Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award, Canterbury Museum

2000 
New Works, CoCA, Christchurch

The Print Show, Te Wa/The Space, Whanganui
5th triennale modiale 2000, de l’estampe petit format, Chamalières, France
1997
Printmakers ’97, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore


Selected Publications/Reviews

2014
Constant Practice exhibition catalogue by Matt Blomeley, Franklin Arts Centre

2013
Inland Empire by Steph Chalmers, Takahe Magazine, no. 80, December 2013, pp.34-39

Architecture of the Heart by Lucy Hammonds and Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, MTG Hawke's Bay, 2013
A Beginner's Guide to Buying Art by Joanna Mathers, Herald on Sunday, 4 August 2013
Cleland and McMillan, Inland Empire review by Peter Dornauf, EyeContact, 25 June Inland Empire, Catalogue essay by Steph Chalmers, University of Waikato
2012
Landfall 223 (featured artist), Otago University Press

Drawing: Space, Form, and Expression by Wayne Enstice and Melody Peters, Pearson, USA, (4th Edition)
2011
It's All About the Image by Dick Fizzell, Random House, New Zealand

Is Less More? by Hamish Coney, Idealog Magazine, February 2011
2010
Mall review by TJ McNamara, NZ Herald, Saturday 6 November

2009
Seen This Century by Warwick Brown, Random House, New Zealand

2008
Utopia or Nightmare? by Virginia Were, Art News New Zealand, Summer 2008, pp.68-71

2006 
Celebrate Art NZ, Interactive Education

Sunny Days review by Ralph Body, Critic Te Arohi, 27.02.06, Issue 1, Dunedin, p.45
2003 
Recent Graduates by Virginia Were, Art News New Zealand, Spring 2003, pp.56-57

Tease review by Pennie Hunt, Art New Zealand, no. 108 / Spring 2003, p.56
2002 
Saunter review by Cassandra Fusco, Asian Art News, Volume 12, no. 5, September/October 2002, p.113

Saunter review by Su Ballard, Art New Zealand, no. 104 / Spring 2002, pp.50-51
2001
Takahe, no. 42, April 2001

1997 
Takahe, no. 32, December 1997


Awards

2015
Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
2014
Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2010
Gold Medal Winner, Team McMillan BMW Art Awards

2008
Merit Award, National Drawing Award, Artspace, Physics Room, Enjoy Public Art Gallery

Park Lane Wallace Trust Development Award (three month artist residency in Vermont)
2004 
Merit Award, National Drawing Award, Artspace and Physics Room

2003 
First Prize, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton

2002 
Merit Award, New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton

2001 
First Prize, Cranleigh Barton National Drawing Award, Canterbury Museum

Graeme Edwards Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, Otago School of Art
1998 
Printmaking Award (final year), Otago School of Art

Merit Award, Young Contemporaries, Southland

Selected Collections

Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
James Wallace Arts Trust
Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin
Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore
Trust Waikato, Hamilton

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