Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.
To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.
We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.
Auckland, New Zealand
Where did you study or are you self taught?
Self taught thanks to the wonderful articles of Fangoria magazine and behind the scene documentaries.
How long have you been doing body art & special effects?
What made you get started in body painting & special effects?
Behind the scenes documentaries about Jim Henson workshop, Star Wars and Fangoria Magazines. I started doing special effects makeup on myself when I was about 14. Special effects makeup has been the driving force of my filmmaking since then. It’s hard for me to write and produce a film without a monster or special makeup effect of some kind.
When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
Being surrounded by other like-minded and talented artists.
Who inspires you?
My mum and my Grandma. I am a third generation artist. I am also inspired by all of the artists who I have met through the body art awards.
What inspires you?
I am driven by the desire to create monsters. When I was too young to understand what it was I wanted to be the mad scientist reanimating the monster, or be transformed into a monster myself so that I could stop all the people that at the time were violently hurting me and my family. When I discovered that it was the make-up artists that created those monsters I wanted to become a special effects artist more than anything.
Any industry idols?
Rick Baker, Steve Johnson, Rob Bottin, Screaming Mad George and Richard Taylor
Your one kit must have?
Any advice for others starting out?
As my first art teacher taught me, “Make your mistakes boldly”
2011 –UV Speed Body-painting Competition Supreme Award Winner (I beat all the top award winning body artists in NZ that night, finished half an hour early and had a beer).
2010 –Highly Commended Special Makeup -Taupo Body Arts Festival
2007 – 2nd Place Special Effects Creature & WETA Special commendation and 3rd Place Special Effects Mask at NZ Body Arts Awards