Artists Hugo Koha Lindsay

Hugo Koha Lindsay

B. 1987, New Zealand (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Maru) 
Lives and works in Auckland

Primarily an abstract painter, Hugo Koha Lindsay adopts marks from both the personal surroundings of his home and studio and from the wider urban environment. Rubbings from the studio floor combine with swift gestures resembling surveyor markings - a type of code applied to pavements to signify future construction. Canvases are un-stretched, cut, sewn and re-stretched, organizing pictorial space through the work’s construction. Sections of Lindsay’s paintings are often left raw, invoking a transitional state. Lindsay states, “The sewn paintings act as topographies -an informational surface of which territories are divided by physical boundaries for the activity of painting to occur.”

To Lindsay, urban space is a territory for human expression.  His work recalls Situationist Guy Debord’s ‘Theory of the dérive’, where dérive could otherwise be described as 'the act of purposefully drifting through a city to understand its ambience or rather multiple ambiences.'  Through the act of drifting, one might trace the effects of political and economic systems on social space – as seen in discarded promotional posters, new road markings, debris from building sites or a boarded-over shop front. Drifting is an alternative method for mapping space, beyond a geographical representation. Lindsay’s paintings could be considered ambient maps through their combination of open space with marks of a governing body, and/or individual.

Lindsay holds a Master of Fine Arts with first class honours from the University of Auckland. He has acquired numerous awards and notable recognition including the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award (2015), the Parkin Drawing Prize (2015, 2017), the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing Award (2016).

Lindsay has exhibited across New Zealand and more recently in Australia. He has works held in the Tattersfeld Collection, the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection and private collections throughout Australasia.

Gow Langsford Gallery has represented Hugo Koha Lindsay since 2017.

Hugo Koha Lindsay


2015 – 2017 Master of Fine Arts, University of Auckland

2009 - 2012 Bachelor of Fine Art, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design 

selected exhibitions

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2021 Waituhi, group exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Frieze, group exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2019 Of common walls, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland

2018 But will it float, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Exodus, group exhibition, The Vivian, Matakana, New Zealand
Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2017 The Means Make the Ends, group exhibition, Tristian Koenig, Victoria, Australia
Gow Langsford Gallery Celebrates 30 Years, group exhibition, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition
, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

2016 Hugo Koha Lindsay, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
A Standard of Measurement, Papakura Art Gallery with Robbie Fraser, Auckland
Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards Exhibition
, Whakatane Library and Exhibition centre, Whakatane
Best of the Best, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke Island

2015 Charity Show, Fuzzy Vibes, Auckland
Wallace Art Awards, Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
Parkin Drawing Prize Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Nick Coldicutt and Hugo Koha Lindsay presents // Reuben’s Bird, Rockies, Auckland