Laurence Aberhart

Last Light Opunake, March 22nd 1993.

b. 1949

Laurence Aberhart was born in Nelson, New Zealand and has been included in numerous nationally toured exhibitions including The Active Eye [1975], Views/Exposures [1981], Headlands [1992] and two nationally toured solo exhibitions, Nature Morte [1990] and All Gates Open [1998]. Aberhart is increasingly recognised as New Zealand’s most eminent photographer. His signature images of landscapes, facades, monuments and interiors are entrenched in this country’s art history. Not only are his images steeped the history of the subjects that he portrays but of his chosen medium – a vintage view camera.

"Aberhart's images are bathed in the light of photographic history, as well as that of the world around. In his exquisite prints, photography reclaims a magic often lost in the digital age" Curator Gregory O'Brien

Aberhart’s first solo exhibition was at the Peter McLeavey Gallery, [Wellington] in 1978. Regularly exhibits in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Hong Kong; has exhibited work in Los Angeles and throughout Australia. In 2000/2001 he carried out a major body of work in Macau; a catalogue of this work Ghostwriting was published. In 2003 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Holland hosted a one person exhibition of his work in conjunction with an exhibition of Colin McCahon 
His work is in all major New Zealand public art gallery collections and in the collections of: 

The National Gallery of Australia, 
Museum of Contemporary Art [Sydney], 
The Readers Digest Collection [Pleasantville, N.Y., USA], 
The Hallmark Collection, [Kansas City, USA] 
The Bilbliotheque Nationale [Paris]. 
The Queensland Art Gallery 
The Art Gallery of NSW 
The Macau Museum of Art 
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland. 

Laurence Aberhart has received a number of Arts Council of New Zealand awards, a Fulbright Travel Fellowship Grant [USA, 1988] and a Moet et Chandon Fellowship in France [1994].