Born 1949, Auckland
Lives in Northland, New Zealand
Born in Nelson Laurence Aberhart has been based in Russell, Northland since the early 1980s. He held his first solo exhibition at the Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington, in 1978 and has exhibited regularly in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Hong Kong since, as well as in Los Angeles and Europe. A solo exhibition was held at the Stedelijik Museum Amsterdam in 2002, alongside Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith. A survey of his work was shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia, in 2005.
Aberhart has received a number of Art Council of New Zealand awards, a Fulbright Travel Grant (USA, 1988), a Fulbright Research Fellowship (USA, 2010) and a Moet et Chandon Fellowship in France (1994). He was the recipient of an Arts Foundation Award in 2013.
His works continue to attract international attention, affirming him as an important international figure.
His first solo exhibition with Gow Langsford Gallery was in 2014 and the Gallery has represented him since.
2021 Large Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2019 Large Format: Laurence Aberhart, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2018 Serial Works: Masonic Lodges. Taranaki, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
New Northland Investigations, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
2017 New Northland Explorations, Some Interiors, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2015 Anzac, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2014 Freeze, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2013 Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore, NSW.
2012 Recent Taranaki Photographs Govett-Brewster A G. New Plymouth.
Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin
2011 Monumental: Ice, America Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
Antarctica, Woollaston Gallery, Nelson.
2010 This is what I do Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.
Across The Bridge of Sighs Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin
2009 A Greater Conceit Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Heavy Metal McNamara Gallery Photography, Wanganui.
2008 Northland Maori Churches Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.
Momento Woollaston Gallery, Mahana, Nelson.
An exhibition of new photographs….. McNamara Gallery, Wanganui.
Laurence Aberhart – Photographs Monash University, Caulfield, Melbourne.
Maori Churches of Northland Russell, Museum, Russell.