Artists Alex Monteith

Alex Monteith

b. 1977, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Montieth emigrated from Northern Ireland to New Zealand in 1986 where she is currently based. She holds a Doctorate in Fine Arts, from the Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, where she is currently Senior Lecturer.

Throughout the late ‘90s she was arguably one of New Zealand’s most prolific experimental practitioners of projects that incorporate performance, situations, installations and film. Her technically sophisticated video installations continue to gain momentum internationally, particularly in Germany where her work has recently been shown in two major public institutions. Her large-scale works in video and performance often involve collaboration with technical or cultural specialists – ranging from Air Force Pilots, sheepdog trialists and racing motorcyclists to internationally recognised surfers. Monteith is also a member of the Local Time collective (2008-current) of artists and writers with Jon Bywater, Danny Butt and Natalie Robertson. 

Highlights of her career to date include Kā paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions
at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2019), the major survey Accelerated Geographies at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2010), a solo exhibition at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany (curated by Leonard Emmerling and Bernd Riess, 2012) and inclusion in Contact: Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2012). She was a nominated finalist in the 2010 Walters Prize and in 2008, Monteith was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award 2008, as the fine-arts recipient in a pan-arts biennial award (spanning fine arts, theatre, film and music).

Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Alex Monteith since 2013.

Alex Monteith


2005 DocFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland
2001 MFA (1st Hons) Elam School of Fine Arts, Intermedia, University of Auckland
1999 BFA, Photography, Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland

selected exhibitions

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2019 Kā paroro o haumumu: Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
2017 Coastal Flows | Coastal Incursions, St Paul St. Gallery, Auckland
2016 Shadow V, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2016 Surface Movements Te Piha, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland
2014 Big Wave Aotearoa, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
2013 Temporary Mechanisms, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2012 Exercise Blackbird: Alex Monteith, Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am main, Frankfurt, Germany, Alex Monteith; Rena, Tauranga Art Gallery, New Zealand
2010 Accelerated Geographies Alex Monteith: survey exhibition (24-channels video), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
2008 Need for Speed, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand