Paulus McKinnon

Born in Devonport, Auckland in 1967, Paulus McKinnon has been exhibiting throughout New Zealand for the past 20 years and is represented in significant private collections both locally and abroad.

Having lived and worked in Auckland for much of his life, McKinnon has spent a great deal of his spare time traveling New Zealand, in particular its coastline.

His work explores past and present relationships, both human and environmental, encompassing notions of discovery, loss and preservation. Utilising the metaphoric and allusive potential of prosaic materials: enamel paint, linoleum, found object, salvaged timbers, weatherboards, fencing battens, road signage, and sign writing vinyls, much of his work employs a process of construction; the cutting up of materials and the careful formal recomposition of these materials to form new allegories.

An artisan, builder and a signwriter by trade, McKinnon graduated with a bachelor of design (majoring in painting) from Unitec, Auckland in 1998. The marrying of the academic with his various trade skills gives McKinnon’s work a unique quality and tactility.

In 1999 he co-founded Indicator Studios, a highly successful co-operative of 10 artists working across a range of disciplines, holding large open studio exhibitions annually.

Paulus has been living in Gisborne since 2008, having refitted existing sheds and barn on property into new studios with his wife (designer, Katy Wallace) on a half acre ex mushroom farm.


About time, 2021
Chains, 2014
Queen’s chain staff, 2009
Salvage, 2007
Landscape, 2006
Monochrome, 2006