Diane Harries: Short Artist Biography

Artist Statement:    My work reflects my interest in natural history and exploration, and their geographical and temporal contexts. I use printmaking, box and book arts to weave sensitive narratives through my work. My scientific background permeates my organic aesthetic and informs my contextual settings.

Workshops, slide shows:

2018 PCANZ Winter School: Australian, flat-style reverse piano hinge book

2018 Whanganui Book Arts Group:

January - Celtic weave binding; February - Slot and tab book, origami box; March - Pocket books; April - double signature with beads; May - House with windows book, Piano hinge bindings.

2018 PCANZ Summer School: Secret Belgian binding and slide show on Artist Books

2017 Hokitika Book Arts Group: Coptic binding and slide show on Artist Books

2017 Hokitika conference for NZPCN (Plant Conservation Network) slide show on Art and Botany

2017 Whanganui Book Arts Group: 

February  - Japanese stab binding; March - soft cover journal; April - coptic binding; May - Secret Belgian binding; June & July - crossed structure bindings; August - Flexi-spine binding; September & October - Western codex and flat-back case bindings; December - flag concertina.

2017 Karori ABC Group: Secret Belgian binding. 

2016 Whanganui Book Arts Group:

October - framed concertina books; November - hinged lid boxes; December - tissue boxes;

2016 Keirunga Book Arts Group, Havelock North. (Hinged, trinket and origami boxes)

2016 PCANZ Winter School, Whanganui. (Myriorama linocut, origami box)

2014 Central Print Council Winter School, Whanganui. (Hinged box)

Group Exhibitions:

2018 PCANZ “Print Matters” group show, Hamilton, New Knowledge, lino, relief solar plate, collagraph, joomchi.

2018 June Artist of the Month in Inkt Shop, Whanganui.

2018 Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. Distant Memory (Lighthouse book) linocut, collagraph.

2017 "From the Rivers to the Shore" group show, Devonport, Oxford, NZ. Awry linocut, collagraph.

2017 "The Whanganui River Print" group project, Whanganui Edith Gallery and I-Site. Woodcut, Ohinepane, Arimatia.

2017 "Honor-ring" group show of circular prints, Franklin Arts Centre, Auckland. Means of survival linocut. The PCANZ Small Print travelling show.

2017 International Moth Migration Project, New Mexico. Puriri moth linocut.

2017 "50 Shades of Green" group show, Community Arts Centre, Whanganui. Travellers to Bastia Hill nature journal.

2017 Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. Handmade artist book Pushing through the rushes linocut.

2017 PCANZ "Boundless" group show (selected), Pataka, Porirua; Aratoi, Masterton. Distant Memory, linocut, collagraph.

2017 PCANZ "At The Margins" group show. Interwoven stories polyester lithography, woodgrain, stitch, emboss.

2016 PCANZ "The Small Print" group show. Pterostylis banksii linocut print.

2016 PCANZ "50 Year Collaborative Print" group project. Evolutionary Forces group print. Palmerston North, Taupo, Hawera, Whanganui, Orewa, Petone, Napier, Townsville, Cairns.

2016 PCANZ "Across the Ditch" group show. Giving Banks the Nod linocut print & Postcard Exchange.

2016 Wanganui Arts at the Centre. Curated "Poetics" tribute book art show to Yoka van Dyk.

2016 Gallery on Guyton. "A Bird's Eye View" group show. Installation 15,000 laser cut, flax paper kereru.

2016 Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. Handmade artist book and box Camino Santiago.

2016 Gallery on Guyton. “Inspired” group show. Handmade artist book and box Journey One 2015.

2014 Completion of Fine Arts Degree in Printmaking from Ucol, Whanganui.

2014 BFA Graduate show, Installation There used to be enough and laser cut framed works.

2014 Gallery on Guyton, "In Conversation". Screenprint Patua and flax paper patua.

2014 Whanganui Regional Museum (selected). Etching Strandlines.

2014 Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. Screenprint Leaf out of Bullers Birds.

2013 BFA Graduate show. Monoprints, lithographs, screenprints, boxmaking Pocket handkerchief.

2013 First Impressions, Mairangi Arts Centre finalist group show. Landfall, Hautere.

2013 Waiprint, Artspost, Hamilton. “Punctum” group show: monoprint, litho Shatter.

2013 Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. AEH handmade artist book.

2013 “Small Prints” CPCANZ show. Mono prints China Blush.

2013 Summer school workshop group exhibition, CAC, Whanganui: etchings, woodcuts.

2012-13 “Premiere Prints” Whanganui Printmakers Show, CAC Whanganui: mezzotints.

2012-13 “Prints Petite” CPCANZ show. Hamilton, Eltham. Mezzotints Unchartered, Sea Shanty.

2013 Pop-Up Show, 22 Drews Ave. Woodcut Araucaria heterophylla.

2012 Patillo Awards finalist show, Quay School of the Arts, UCOL, Whanganui. Sculpture (paper) Memories of Expectations

2012 “Boundless” and “In The Frame” selected exhibitions, Central Print Council, Hastings, Wellington, Whanganui and 2013 Hamilton, Taupo. Sculpture (metalwork) with Algraphy Prints Training Wheel. Woodcut Prints Territorial Rights, Araucaria heterophylla.

2011 Carey Smith Whanganui Arts Review (selected), Sarjeant Gallery. Drawing Furniture Storm.

2011 Photosynthesis, Federal Hotel Gallery, Whanganui: Photograph Antelope Canyon.

2011 Wanganui Festival of Glass, September 2011: Glass self-portraits.

2011 Wanganui Artists Open Studios, March 2011, Quay School. Pinhole photographs & photograms.

2011 Real NZ Art, Federal Hotel Gallery, Whanganui. Photographs Territorial Guardians.

2011 Monumental Stories, First Year BFA, Ucol. Sculpture Ad Altiora and painting Double Vision.

2010 “Miss Ellis Regrets She Is Unable To Lunch Today”, Exhibition at NorthArt Gallery, Auckland. Collaboration with Allie Eagle (contributing research, director of photography and moving image).

2010 Studio Assistant to Allie Eagle, Reikorangi, Waikanae.


Australian born 1950; lived in UK 18 years; moved to NZ in 2000; ancestry with Ngai Tahu.

Previous career in pharmacy; last position programme manager for NZ College of Pharmacists, Wellington.