(b. 1990, Christchurch, New Zealand)
Masters in Fine Art, Canterbury University, New Zealand

Gareth Brighton creates painted objects with the intention of making the viewer slow down and examine the materials and visual structure of pictorial communication. His work marries references to written and pictorial language; drawn and painterly picture making.

This results in a body of work that is overall seemingly abstract while still holding reference to things such as calligraphy or occult sigils. These references are given a different accent through spray paint and pastel coloured oil sticks. Brighton's casual line work can then be offset by dense patches of colours allowing vague forms to appear.

This creates objects with a sense of condensed significance, boiled down to simple - sometimes minimal - works depicted on to a picture plan of recycled materials.


Recent Projects include: someofmany, Never Project Space, Hamilton, NZ (2022); Considerably Less Stressful, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2018); [Sic], Chambers Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2017); Lie to me, QB Studios, Christchurch, NZ (2016); It, going on, Log Recording Studio, Christchurch, NZ (2016); Untitled, PG Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2016); Temporal, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2015), Colloquy, Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2015); FIGG-ER-AY-SUN, Chambers Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2015)