Ray Ching was born in Brooklyn, Wellington in 1939. His paintings were first seen in Auckland in 1966, as an exhibition of thirty watercolours and gouaches of birds, his preferred subject matter at that time. These early paintings established his reputation in New Zealand and by 1972 Ching's work was recognised as being amongst the finest of its kind in the world.
Goldie Charles Frederick
Goldie is probably New Zealand's best-known artist. His popular fame is based largely on a spiral of record-shattering prices, together with thefts, vandalisms and forgeries, which have ensured that Goldie's paintings are identified as prime commodities on the art market. Descendants of Goldie's models have hailed the depictions of their ancestors; others have denounced the paintings as racist. On his appointment as OBE in 1935, a writer predicted of Goldie's works: 'connoisseurs will fight for them in Christie's and elsewhere, perhaps when none of the race he perpetuates deathlessly are here'.
Born in Auckland, Russell showed an interest in art from a young age, consolidating his reputation and talent by nineteen when he won his first art award - The R.J. Barnett Award. From the late 1960s, Hollings held solo shows within New Zealand and from the 1990s he began exhibiting in Australia and more recently in London. His work is held in private collections worldwide.
Ken Knight was born in Sydney, Australia in 1956. He is one of Australia's leading plein-air artists and as such follows a rich lineage of Australia's most famous impressionists including Streeton and Roberts.
Ashley Shaw was born in Auckland and moved to Berkshire, England at the age of five. Ashley showed a passion for art from a young age and at the age of eight won a national art award with his drawing of a Jubilee coach.