Derek Cowie

Derek Cowie was born in 1956 in Ruatoria, New Zealand. He was raised in Dunedin and attended Wellington School of Design from 1976-78.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

1978
Young Wellington Artists, Elva Bett Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1979
Four Young Artists, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, New Zealand

1980-84
Various group and solo exhibitions, Closet Artists Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1984-99
Seven solo and five group exhibitions, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1985-93
Various group and solo exhibitions, AberhartNorth Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1987
No Bodies, Shed 11 National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Shift Ground, Wellington City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1989
Disgust and Neglect, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Six Wellington Artists, Wellington City Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

2012
Collaboration with Stephen Dudding on environmental project

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ROLES

1979-81
Designer, Mercury Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand

1984-89
Personal Assistant, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

1990-95
Assistant Head of Scenic Studio, Royal National Theatre, London, United Kingdom

2000-13
Visual artist on various films and television series, including:
Scenic artist on Circus (2000)
Chief scenic artist on Revelation (2001)
Scenic artist on Finding Neverland (2004)
Chargehand painter on Little Dorrit (2008)
Scenic artist on Desperate Romantics (2009)
Painter on Chatroom (2010)
Scenic artist / supervising painter on The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
Head of department painter on Rush (2013)

SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

Included in various public institutions:
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Art Collection
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Massey University Art Collection
Bank of New Zealand Art Collection

Private commissions include:
Steven Pimlott OBE (English opera and theatre director)
Dirk van Dooren (leading English designer and creative)
Alberto Aspesi (founder of Italian fashion label Aspesi)
Gielgud Theatre, National Theatre, London

SELECTED BIOGRAPHY

Miro Bilbrough, “ART: Six Pack Ideas into ‘Shifting Ground’ Show,” Evening Post, 9 February 1989, p. 19.
Gregory Burke, Shifting Ground: Chris Cane, Derek Cowie, Barnard McIntyre, Jane Poutney, Diane Prince, Ruth Watson (Wellington: Wellington City Art Gallery, c. 1989), exhibition catalogue.
Stephen Cain, “Contrast and Starkness Feature in Cowie Works,” Evening Post, 16 March 1991, p. 31.
Stuart McKenzie and Robert Leonard, Disgust and Neglect: Introducing Derek Cowie (Auckland: Artspace, 1989), exhibition catalogue.
Stuart McKenzie and Robert Leonard, “The Systematic Derangement of the Body: An Iconographic Study of Work by Derek Cowie”, Art New Zealand (Winter 1989) vol. 51: pp. 58-61.
Geri Thomas, “EXHIBITIONS: Wellington’, Art New Zealand (Winter 1989) vol. 51: pp. 46-47.