Mark Graver


Mark Graver is an award-winning artist printmaker based at Wharepuke in Kerikeri.  Originally from the UK he studied at Leeds Polytechnic (B.A. Hons Fine Art 1985-88) and Camberwell College of Arts, London (MA Printmaking 1994-95).

Moving to NZ in 2003 he established the Wharepuke Print Studio in 2005, Art at Wharepuke gallery, 2009, and the Wharepuke Sculpture Park, 2015.

He is author of Non-Toxic Printmaking (2011, London, A&C Black), has sat on printmaking selection panels in China, Bulgaria and NZ and curated international print projects, exhibitions and symposiums in the UK and Australia.

In 2019 he was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers  based in London.  He works with acrylic resist etching, digital printmaking, video and sound.

His work is held in public collections including the V&A Museum, London, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford UK, and in the USA, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and NZ.

Ruth Francis

Painting Printmaking

Ruth Francis grew up  in the Bay of Islands, where she was introduced to art by Selwyn Wilson, and Yvonne Rust.  She continued her art studies at the National Art School in Sydney, where I majored in printmaking.

Ruth lives with my family in Kerikeri, on a small block of land , where we try to leave as small a footprint on the planet as possible.  She runs art classes for children, in the hope that she will inspire their love for art and to encourage them to view the world in their own wonderful way.

Her art is reflection of her  love of nature and the different cultures she has grown up with.

"It is interesting to me, to try to capture the essence of what it is to be an artist in our present society and culture, and how that reflects our unique global space."