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My new online illustration portfolio/website is up! Have a look here:

I'm exhibiting again! This time, as part of a group show with a bunch of other "expressive figurative artists" in Wellington! I'm all excited. The other bunch of people do some really nice work, I'm stoked to be asked to be part of the show.

For the rest of it, I'll just copy out or press release! Come along to the opening on Tuesday night (3 September, 5.30 to 8 pm). The show is at Matchbox Studios Wellington, 166 Cuba Street - that's about halfway between Garret St and the State Highway. Their website is here:…

COLOUR AND THE CITY: New paintings by Wellington artists

WHAT: "Metropolis" Art Exhibition at Matchbox Studios

WHEN: 3-15 September 2013 

Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 3 September, 5.30 - 8 pm
Gallery Opening Times: 10.30 am 6 pm Mon-Thu, 10.30 am - 8 pm Fri, 10.30 am - 6 pm Sat, 11 am - 5 pm Sun

WHERE: Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington


     Brendan Grant captures the mood of the streets day and night

     Dave Boyle rumbles in the jungle

     Maiken Calkoen takes a fresh look at that place called home

     Michael Edge-Perkins has it all happening

     Melissa Mc Dougall is intimately in-your-face

     Astrid Nielsch dreams of unicorns lost among skyscrapers

     Christie Wright unleashes the colour

WHY: Vibrant new art by up-and-coming Wellington artists!

A group exhibition by seven up and coming Wellington artists, sharing their unique perspectives on the City, among other facets of modern life.

This exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of expressive representational artists exploring unique approaches to painting and one photographer, with different styles, philosophies and subject matter.   

The  fresh, vibrantly colorful artwork betrays influences of the great European artists of the turn of the last century, along with American pop art, comic strips, and computer-generated images. 

The themes, however, are distinctly New Zealand: from Wellington street scenes to portraiture, to mythical-surreal, and more conceptual imagery.

Most of the artwork in this show stays with the traditional format of oil or acrylic on canvas, but there is no backward looking stuffiness about these artist's work! 

Artwork will be for sale during the show




Brendan Grant creates exuberant Wellington Scenes that capture the uniqueness of the many different places with a personal style.

David Boyle's art is contrived from his juvenile personae . He never grows up and paints escapist pictures of women on motor bikes in jungles and other silly stuff to help him forget reality under Key and rugbyheadism.  Book Bolting simple censorship and the sculptures are contrived from a Maoist/Freudian leaning he crept into at age nine.

Maiken Calkoen's paintings are inspired by Wellington and incorporate vibrant colour, panoramic views, strong perspective, and observation of light as distinctive to the season or time of day.


Michael Edge-Perkins is a Wellington-based, Christchurch-born photographer working in still life and colour abstracts.


Melissa Mc Dougall paints atmospheric cityscapes and romantic female portraits.

Astrid Nielsch paints images inspired by the natural world, literature, myth and science. She used to be a full time musician, but now works as a digital illustrator. She holds a certificate with distinction in Science Fiction and Fantasy Art from London Art College, and blogs for international geekery online magazine Amazing Stories, as well as on her own website

Christie Wright creates an eclectic mix of classic works; some mixed media, pop art and new experiments with sketching and watercolour.


And here are some pieces I'll have in the show:

Clockwork by Starsong-StudioNeon Firebird by Starsong-StudioLost Unicorn by Starsong-StudioHawaiki by Starsong-Studio

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Astrid Nielsch – aka Asni. Sometimes known as frodo-lives.
Artist | Professional | Varied
New Zealand
I am a professional artist working with both traditional and digital media. My special interest is illustration. Favourite topics are science fiction and fantasy related themes, imaginary worlds and characters which I find in books, songs, or in my own brain.

I am available for commissioned work - please contact me through my website,

I also enjoy life drawing and painting still lives, and currently have some works on display and for sale in a couple of local galleries in the Wairarapa. Limited edition prints of some of my work are for sale on my website:

I am dedicated visual arts blogger on the Science Fiction&fantasy fandom website, Amazing Stories (heir to the venerable paper magazine). My blog:…
I randomly feature Deviants every two weeks!

As a day job, I run a web and multimedia design business specializing in developing websites for artists, musicians, and other creative people. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are in need of a quality website! I am most happy to work with artists in any part of the world. More information about web design:

In a former life, I was a professional musician, and I enjoy playing around with sound software and creating my own music tracks once in a while. More info:

Qualifications: Diploma of Multimedia, Natcoll Design Technology Wellington
Certificate in Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (with distinction) London Art College

Traditional media: oils, watercolours, pencils, pen & ink.
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Lightwave 3D, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, Soundtrack Pro.
Coding & programming skills: HTML, CSS, PHP, some Flash Actionscript.


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