Gavin Hipkins is an Auckland-based artist who works with photography and moving image. He has been described as a ‘tourist of photography’ reflecting a strategic treatment of eclectic historic styles and photographic techniques. He has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Australia and his works have been included in major curated exhibitions in the USA, UK, Germany, Austria, Brazil, and Italy including: Austrian Museum of Applied Art and Contemporary Art (MAK), Vienna, Austria, Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography (2011); San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California, USA, Tell Me a Story: Narrative Photography Now (2007); International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA, Picturing Eden (2006); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, A Molecular History of Everything (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA, Flight Patterns (2000); Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’ Alba, Italy, Guarene Arte 2000 (2000).
He represented New Zealand at the 1998 Sydney Biennale and the 2002 Sao Paulo Biennale. He was the recipient of the inaugural residency for New Zealand artists at Artspace Sydney, in 1998. In 2006 he completed an artist’s residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, and in 2007 completed the McCahon Residency in Auckland. His work is included in major public and private collections including the Queensland Art Gallery, the Auckland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and George Eastman Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York.
In 2010 his 80-part photography work The Homely featured in the exhibition Unnerved: The New Zealand Project at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. He lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand where he is Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School at Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland.