Guy Ngan

Guy Ngan OBE 顏國鍇 was a Stokes Valley artist who worked across a large range of media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, design and architecture. Born in Wellington, from the age of 14 Guy 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.​

Prominent works include the bronze sculpture on the Reserve Bank building on The Terrace, a large geometric mural on the Archives New Zealand building on Thorndon Quay and the sculpture at the entrance to Stokes Valley. Those who grew up in Wellington will remember the tapestries which used to hang in the Beehive – Forest in the Sun (1976) was a collaboration with Joan Calvert.

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