I have been a full time working artist for the past 28 years. Prior to that I worked as an exhibitions technician at The Auckland City Art Gallery. I have had over 45 solo exhibitions here in NZ and overseas. My first solo show in 1978 was at the Outreach Gallery in Ponsonby Auckland. I have also been involved in many group shows the first at the age of 19 in the “ Young Contemporaries” at The Auckland City Art Gallery in 1971.

I have been living in Karekare for 20years now and I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place. I also love the mountains of the North & South Islands and started climbing first on The Volcanic Plateau in the North & then a few years ago the higher peaks of the South Island. In 2012 I received the commission to design two rose windows and two lancet windows for the new Kings College Chapel. These four windows took 2 years to make & have just been installed in the Chapel.

In 2013 I was the artist in residence at Unwin Lodge in the Mt Cook area.

This year 2014 has been a year of solid painting in my studio at Karekare.

DEAN BUCHANAN