Born in Wellington, from the age of 14 Guy Ngan supported himself through woodcarving and furniture-making, learning from Hori Young and cabinet maker Billy Gee. At 17 he began night school at Wellington Technical College with sculptor Alex Fraser who encouraged him to travel to London to continue his studies. Following graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1954 as a Designer of the School of Wood, Metal and Plastics, Ngan undertook a scholarship to the British School in Rome.
On returning to New Zealand Ngan worked in architecture, first as a public artworks consultant for the Ministry of Works and then for Stephenson and Turner Architects. He was the Director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts from 1976 to 1986 and received an OBE for services to the arts in 1983. Wellingtonians will be familiar with Ngan’s public works: the bronze sculpture on the Reserve Bank building on The Terrace; the large geometric mural on the Archives New Zealand building on Thorndon Quay; the sculptures in his home suburb of Stokes Valley; and the tapestries which used to hang in the Beehive – Forest in the Sun (1976) was a collaboration with Joan Calvert.
We are delighted to have a number of Guy’s prints available for sale at Mitchell Studios, including the reproduction print of Forest Gods Dancing, 1976. See below for details of this and other available prints.
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Limited Edition Woodblock Prints
The four woodblock prints available through Mitchell Studios were Guy Ngan’s only foray into woodblock printing. They have been hand titled, numbered and signed and include Ngan’s red seal.