Dean Buchanan was born in 1952 in Castor Bay North Shore Auckland NZ.
As a child growing up on Auckland’s North Shore he was always busy, always drawing, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, images from the comics, vast jigsaw puzzles always on the go. By the time he attended Westlake Boys as a teenager, Dean was already painting, at school, and at home in the garage. And they were big paintings, two metres and more. Oils mostly themes drawn from Dean’s own fast-developing life and the seas of New Zealand suburbia surrounding Castor Bay. And he was running cross-country at Westlake Boys, developing the other great passion in his life, a delight in that physical exertion which leads to extreme fitness. Dean’s Dad was a drunk, and didn’t like his painting. He left home and moved into the heart of urban Auckland. He was brimming with energy, passion and talent and dived enthusiastically into city life.
Youth culture was blossoming round the world. Long hair, rock music and too much alcohol. But Dean was also transfixed by line and colour, by the complex geometries of New Zealand landscape and bush. He still wanted only to be an artist. He had to develop his own unique style and voice. He cycled and walked. He painted. He climbed mountains and looked down from the top. He painted. He travelled to England and visited all the famous galleries. He painted. He and his wife Helga Strewe built a house perched in the bush-clad hills high above Karekare beach on Auckland’s West Coast. He gave up alcohol. He painted. He cycled, he walked the bush trails of the Waitakere Ranges. He climbed mountains. He painted. The same punishing regime of work and exercise is maintained today, up well before dawn, painting in his studio down the bush path from his house, cycling, climbing, and always more painting. Dean has found his unique voice, his unique vision of the world around him and now as ever he seeks only to paint it.
Rudi Buchanan Strewe…. Auckland 1984
Rudi trained as a motor cycle technician at Weltec in Wellington 2002-2004. After the 2 years in Wellington Rudi returned to Auckland and worked for a company that restored classic and vintage motorcycles.
Rudi is self taught and sees himself more as traditional artisan using techniques that have been around for 1000’s of years; skill and technique count and are important and the end results more pleasing for people to look at and handle than conceptual art. He first started by teaching himself black smithing and metal forging and then bronze casting using the lost wax process.
Rudi has exhibited in several group shows:
The West Coast Gallery - Piha, Morgan Street Gallery - New Market, Compendium Gallery - Central Auckland, Depot Artspace - Devonport, Satellite Gallery - Newton, The Lakehouse Art Centre - Takapuna, Art in the Woolshed exhibition at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary and Fo Guang Shan Gallery - Flatbush Auckland.
Rudi was a finalist in the Objective Art Awards at the Manukau Art Centre and received the Merit Award in 2011 in the Emerging Artist Awards at the Upstairs Gallery, Titirangi. Rudi was also a finalist several times in the Waitakere Art Awards and also has been a finalist twice in the Clifton Art Awards.
Rudi works from his studio in Karekare, Auckland and is available for commissions.