b. 1961, New Zealand
Lives in Auckland
Micheal Hight is a self-taught painter who has been exhibiting regularly since the late 1980s. He has a Bachelor of Social Science and undertook extensive travel through North America, Europe and North Africa in the eighties. He is most commonly associated with his realistic depictions of beehives in the New Zealand landscape, particularly in Central Otago and Canterbury.
More recent works have temporarily left behind his identifiable landscapes in favour of surreal dreamscapes within which a personal sense of real childhood innocence is evident. His use of juxtaposition, ambiguous symbols and an overwhelming sense of the dark and mysterious, together create an uncertainty in these works that is as curiously haunting as it is beautiful.
Hight has an exhibition history of more than 25 years. He continues to exhibit regularly in New Zealand and Australia. Highlights include inclusion in exhibitions at City Gallery, Wellington (2001 and 2007)—and his work is held in numerous public and private collections in New Zealand, and private collections in the UK, Germany, Italy, USA, Hong Kong and Australia. In 2014 Gow Langsford Gallery published his first monograph Michael Hight: Crossing the Line.
Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Michael Hight since 1987.
1982 Bachelor of Social Science, University of Waikato
2018 The Hunterville Suite, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2017 Michael Hight, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2016 Return to the Miniature Garden, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2015 The Miniature Garden, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2014 Crossing the Line, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2012 Dreams of Children, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2011 Reliquary, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2010 From Waimarino to Red Jacks, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Wakatipu, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, New Zealand
2009 The Road to Erewhon, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
2008 Michael Hight, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2007 Recent Work, Milford Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
2006 Taieri, Milford Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Manuherikia, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
New Paintings, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2005 New Paintings, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2004 Land of Milk and Honey, John Leech Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
New Works, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, New Zealand
2002 Omarama, Place of Light, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2001 Campbell Grant Galleries, Christchurch, New Zealand