Robin Neate

Senior Lecturer in PaintingRobin Neate

Second Year Studies Coordinator
Fine Arts, Block 3, Room 138


Research Interests

Given its vast and complex history radical shifts within painting are limited or subtle. As Picasso once noted, “No artist ever invented a new shape”. Painting currently operates within an expanded field of pluralist activity. An activity beyond stylistic progression and ranging from grand schemes to diary-like entries into which any number of ideas, mediums, moods, or traditions can enter. My recent research considers abstraction and how it can operate as a Rorschach or gestalt. The painting's beginnings are often prompted by the likes of photography, cinema, or literature. A figurative or literal point of departure is usually reduced or compressed to impart a mix of migrating forms and collapsed histories. The works embrace shifting modes of expression guided by personal reflexivity while striving to evoke an associative or empathetic response in the viewer.

Recent Publications

  • Neate R. (2023) Aotearoa Auckland Art Fair. the artist: Auckland. 16-20 Nov 2022. [Oil Paintings].
  • Neate R. (2021) Hellzapoppin'! The Art of Flying Nun. Director/D.O.P/Editor: Christchurch Art Gallery. 21 Aug-28 Nov 2021. [16mm film digital transfer].
  • Neate R. (2021) Paintings. Artist: Melanie Roger Gallery, Auckland. 4-28 Aug 2021. [Oil on canvas].
  • Kreisler A., Neate R., Palmer L., Veling T. and Chrisstoffels J. (2020) Track and trace. Curator: Ilam campus gallery, Ilam school of fine arts, university of canterbury. 27 Feb-20 Mar 2020. [Multi-media contemporary art exhibition].
  • Neate R. (2020) Auckland Virtual Art Fair. artist: 30 Apr-17 May 2020. [oil paintings].