2 Jun 2019

The public and private art of Guy Ngan

From Standing Room Only, 12:38 pm on 2 June 2019

"Sculpture is not a static thing, it should not be isolated, but take part in life." So said Wellington artist and designer Guy Ngan.

Guy passed away in 2017 and was known particularly for the many large sculptures and murals he was commissioned to make for public buildings, from the 60s through the 80s.

He now has the distinction of being the subject of two major exhibitions in New Zealand at the same time - one at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, the other opening this Friday at Auckland's Artspace.

Mark Amery spoke to the Director of Artspace Remco de Blaaij, and to an apprentice and friend of Ngan's, the sculptor Kingsley Baird.  Mark asked Kingsley what makes Ngan's work of cultural interest right now.