Fern Petrie

The artwork of New Zealand born artist Fern Petrie speaks of moments in life where any dream seemed possible and fantasies were almost close enough to touch. In 2001, Fern graduated from Te Toi Hou; the Maori Arts department of Auckland University, where she studied under two iconic New Zealand artists; Brett Graham and Selwyn Muru.

After moving to Australia she exhibited at the Moores Building [ 2009] and it was then that she began collecting cabinet cards and her first large scale painting in this style ‘Forget Me Not’ was chosen as a finalist for the 2010 Albany Art Prize. Many solo exhibitions followed each delving into the two dominant interests in her life; her Maori and European ancestry.