Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Zad Jabbour: Byzantine Icon Writer (Painter)

Zad is a Lebanese man who is an extremely talented fine artist. He has painted many murals and ceilings in palaces in the United Arab Emirates, he has also exhibited his works in France and Lebanon.

Zad is now in New Zealand offering his services in teaching art. His speciality is teaching Byzantine icon drawing – the traditional way, no artificial pigments or materials.

Most of his fine art is of landscapes and portraits, he also has a number of sculptured works.

Check out his website: or his blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Outfit Theatre Company

The Outfit Theatre Company Presents the Preview Season of "The K Road Show - A Theatre of Fictional Glimpses into the History of the Road we Love."

With 13 actors in 8 scenes streaching from the 1830's through to the present day, The K Road Show is a funny and heart felt imagining of events inspired by the history, of what we feel is, the true heart of Auckland City.

Devised and Performed by The Outfit Theatre Company and friends.

This is the Outfit's premier performance and stars (in order of appearance) Joel Herbert, Andrew Ford, Daniel Coppersmith, Devlin Bishop, Nicole Jorgensen, Edward Clendon, Chris Tempest, Johnny Bright, Jacqui Nauman, Sarah Graham, Ema Barton, Mathew Norton, Jatinda Singh.


Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st, 8pm

Tickets: $10 on the door(cash only)

At THE CROSS ST STUDIOS, 27 Cross St, Newton, Auckland.

Bookings: Email all details to

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Marcus Winter

Marcus Winter is a new age spray can and performance artist. While watching a travelling artist from Europe, he taught himself this street art form, he has also developed ink sketches using a 'secret' South American ingredient. For the past three years he has performed in front of various crowds here in New Zealand and in Australia.

His most recent 'performance art' was at Auckland, on the invitation of Sir Bob Geldof (Live Aid), who recently came to New Zealand encouraging New Zealanders to do better with their philanthropy. Further news on this here.

Marcus has been able to adapt both “can” and “culture” in his works. The aim of his artwork is to take the viewer through to another world where anything is possible, where the eye can relax and enjoy.

Marcus has exhibited in galleries throughout Auckland and his artworks have found homes in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

You can contact Marcus at

Monday, December 1, 2008

Alyssa Kath: Video Split, Camera Operator, Film Treatments

Multimedia production company onedotzero and MTV announced an on-air launch of ten films commissioned as part of their “Bloom” competition, a worldwide search for up-and-coming creative talent working in film, animation and other mediums. Creative people around the world were invited to send in treatments for one-minute-long films that explore community identity in their hometowns.

Organisers received 200 entries from 30 countries and the judging panel selected 10 winning projects and five runners-up based on innovation, style, technical skill and creative interpretation of the Bloom brief. The winning treatments were commissioned in 2007, and the artists were given budgets to create and develop their films reflecting on their community. The final pieces were delivered in January, 2008.

The minute-long films will be given exposure on MTV’s channels globally and online. All ten winners will be available to view online at, and will also be featured in the onedotzero worldwide festival tour.

Winning entries [in no particular order]
1. Quayola - Rome (Rome, Italy)
2. Lulu Li - Beijing Dance (Beijing, China)
3. Ayala Sharot - Foreigners (London, U.k.)
4. Matt Bullock - Cityfix (Sheffield, U.K.)
5. Igor Knezevic - Proxies (Los Angeles, U.S.)
6. The Holograms - Morfism (France)
7. Przemyslaw Adamski / Katarzyna Kijek - Untitled (Warsaw, Poland)
8. Ryan Louie - Untitled (New York, U.S.)
9. Marieke Verbiesen - Nordic Folk Legends (Bergen, Norway)
10. Neil Grundy and Alyssa Kath - Lone Kauri Road (Auckland, New Zealand)

Runners-up: (in no particular order)
1. Benjamin Olszyna - Marzys: London 2012 Olympics (London, U.K.)
2. Roel de Jonge - The Bling of Rodell (Netherlands)
3. Darren Bendall - Untitled (Tokyo, Japan)
4. Brede Korso - The Soul of England (London, U.K.)
5. Matei Alexandru Mocanu - Untitled (Bucherest, Romania)


More works from Alyssa's portfolio:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Art Critic and Artist: John Hurrell

John Hurrell is a New Zealand art writer, artist and curator who lives in Auckland. Trained in painting at the University of Canterbury in the early seventies, he also gained a BA in religious studies. His paintings are in most national collections and his work toured nationally in 'The Grid: Lattice and Network' (patterned geometric paintings), 'Putting the Land on the Map' (paintings on maps), 'The Word' (alphabet soup and varnish paintings) and in Australia, 'Heart + Land' and 'Headlands'.

After he spent the beginning of the millennium in France he worked as Curator of Art at the Waikato Museum of Art and History Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. Between 2005-7 he was a major contributor to the online forum, 'Artbash'. Besides eyeCONTACT he also writes from time to time for Art Monthly Australia or Art New Zealand.

Check him out on eyeCONTACT plus he contributes regulatory on ArtBash.

Brendan Roberts

Brendan Roberts is a writer of Christian works. To check him out view his website

Brendan Roberts will use science, faith and reason, revelation and experience to show the relationship science has with religion. Be prepared to encounter such fascinating subjects as the Wonder of the Universe, Unlocking the Chemistry of Life, Evolution, DNA, Archaeology, Evil, Suffering, the Soul, Sacred Scripture, The First Cause, Truth, Miracles and much, much more. This book has the potential to open up a whole new world from the eyes of science, religion and the origin of life.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Animator: Matthew Ragen

Matthew Ragen is an animator and is interested in seeking freelance work in this area.

Here is some of his work. As you can see he has an interest in sci-fi. You can contact him through

Animator: Ashley Grimshaw

Ashley is a new animator and is keen to gain further experience in this area. Here is some of Ashley's work.

Should you wish to contact him, go to

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Michaela de Bruce Costumier

Cat woman.

Michaela is an extraordinary talented young woman who offers a range of practical skills in costuming

Here is a portfolio of some of the costumes she has made:

Princess Lea


Cat woman



You can contact Michaela via: Michaela’s website is http:/ or and

Monish Anand

Here is a shot taken by Monish's friend:

Monish Anand is a rising star of film and television. He has spent some time starring in Shortland Street as Sunil in 2007/2008. He is now looking at future opportunities with film and even Bollywood where he has appeared in Mensaab in India which features the former Miss India World. He is also proactive in working with charities.

For further information you can contact him through his agency:

Sean Kerrigan Artist and Sculptor

Sean Kerrigan is a charmingly rebellious character, full of wit and verve. He is also an amazing artist and I love some of his work. Take a look:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dario Grassi – Photographer

Dario was born in Milan, Italy and is now working as a professional freelance photographer in New Zealand, before this he was working in Milan and Vienna.

Since Demember 1995 he has been prooducing images, graphic, and design websites for fashion companies, magazines, hospitality and service industries

He can be contacted on His website is:
Here is just a sampling of his porfolio – very impressive indeed! It was great having you Dario on our artist mentoring programme.


and still life:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

John Tui

John is an actor best known for his roles as Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, the SPD Shadow Ranger, in Power Rangers: S.P.D. and as Daggeron, the Solaris Knight, in Power Rangers: Mystic Force. He is the first Power Rangers actor to have appeared as two different characters that are both Power Rangers.

He is a humble and yet charming person who also completed our artist mentoring programme. All the best for your future John.

Public Films

I had the privilege of Paul Janman attending our artist mentoring programme, and this man is going places.

He is producing a film about Futa Hela, a Tongan man who has immersed himself into Greek philosophy. Paul is producing a documentary about this man's life and influence on everyday Tongans and their fight for democracy is this island kingdom.

You can see more of him on or visit his blog:

Well done Paul!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lemuel Misa – Buska

Lemuel (previous stage name Lavor) is now known as Buska.
Buska is known for his street performing, the art known in New Zealand as BUSKING, in U.S known as HUSTLING. (BUSKA..HUSTLER) Buska writes, sings and produces his own music. He is a singer, musician, songwriter and dancer. His style includes R&B and soul that is unique in the New Zealand music scene.

Buska has been performing since the age of 7. A song writer, with many more original material. He produces his own tracks, beats, and writes only original material. Musical skills include piano..keyboards, bass, guitar, drums..procession, sax. Straight from South Auckland, New Zealand, Buska's r&b tracks and stage presence are already making waves in the music scene. He was a finalist on NZ IDOL as shown on google under Lemuel Misa. Buska's show history is impressive, with support and performances for DMX 07, BOYZ TO MEN 06 -07, KELLY ROWLAND of D-CHILD SYDNEY 03, NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR DAVID TUA- TUAMAN 05, CONCH ENTERTAINMENT(Australia), SUPPORT ACT WITH SCRIBE, AUCKLAND BIG DAY OUT 06-07, 2008 he is now running his own studio as a Producer/Artist. Buska's track's Calling You/Pop pop known on the track at the time as Lemuel has already impressed the urban stations. New Zealand as well as off shores Sydney-Perth. =PROJECTS IN NEW ZEALAND= Single just released (in stores now) 2006 - Ill SEMANTICS -On and On - feat Lemuel aka Buska Single (In stores now) 2006 PNC -Just roll - Feat Chong-nee and Lemuel aka Buska Album FEELSTYLE - LATEST ALBUM 2007 - Feat Lemz aka Lemuel..Buska Album (In stores now) - CHONG NEE 2006/07 - Feat Lemuel aka Buska He is now open to any Major indie labels.

Check him out on his myspace:

We enjoyed him on our programme, every week he would bring his keyboards with him, and we really wanted to start dancing. Tatjana was springing down stairs in our store in Mt Eden (I think customers wondered what we were up to). Ahh, we've changed premises now.

Miriama McDowell

Miriama has an established New Zealand stage reputation, most notably as Hana in The Bach (Auckland Theatre Company) and Maia in The Prophet (Taki Rua). Naming Number Two marks her feature film debut, though she graces the small-screen regularly as a star of the long-running New Zealand television hospital drama Shortland Street.

New Zealand actress Miriama McDowell received her formal training as an actress at Toi Whakaari National Drama School while simultaneously launching a feature film career with roles in such movies as Zenolith, For Good, and Party at Our Place. A frequent fixture on the Toi Whakaari stage in her early years at the school, McDowell gradually branched out to the Court Theatre and the Auckland Theatre Company as she gained her footing on the boards. In addition to her film and stage work McDowell has also made a strong impression on television viewers with roles in Revelations, Interrogation, and Shortland Street. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Miriama is with Karen Kay Management. She was a dedicated and enthusiastic participant on our artist mentoring programme. Her acting career and future looks very bright.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Zahid is a very talented musician hailing all the way from Bangladesh! He was a great attendee on our artist mentoring programme.

Guitarist, Sound Engineer, Music Producer. His background is progressive rock. He produces: Beats n Music for R n B, Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Party Music, East Asian, SoundTracks, Jingles ... Various Styles. If you need music for your lyrics, jingles, or soundtrack, then Zahid is the man!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Xavier Horan

Xavier attended one of our artist mentoring programmes.


Xavier Horan is a relative newcomer to New Zealand screens. After attending Papatoetoe High School between 1995-98, Xavier decided to give acting a try. In spite of having very little acting experience before his audition alongside Taungaroa Emile for the show "The Market", the producers loved his work and he was cast in the core cast role of Mike. Playing the role of Mike was an opportunity for Xavier to represent the world he knows, being part Pacific Islander and part European. He has since gone on to star in the critically acclaimed movie "No. 2", and won a new role of Kurt in the NZ's TV show "Ride With the Devil". He has also appeared in the video footage of one of Hollie Smith's songs in 2007.

Update: He is currently (March 2009) Tai Scott on Shortland Street.
His agent is Karen Kay Management.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Nicky Moran Band

You can find Nicky at her Myspace account: She is a gal going places, and her voice is to die for! Another successful applicant!

TM Bishop Laugh Lines

This gal loves to make us laugh. TM Bishop is providing corporate comedy, entertainment packages, speech writing and coaching, gigs, and keynote speaking. Check her out on:

As one of NZ’s finest comedic entertainers, TM Bishop has enchanted clients in many professional industries with her ability to research and prepare custom material that is specific to the occasion. TM has consistently gained the highest praise from event organizers. From biker’s clubs to high schools to large corporate functions she is able to keep her audience on the edge of their seat and doubled up in laughter with comedy tailored for her specific audience.

TM has developed a reputation in the corporate world as the consummate professional with the standards she upholds on the stage. Her background in psychology gives her the tools to mould the audience’s attitude to presented information, and with over 10 years experience in stand up comedy and improvisation (TM is a core member of New Zealand’s leading improvisation group, ConArtists) you can be assured that your event will be highly enjoyed by all who attend.

Services TM Bishop provides:

M.C. and Event Hosting
Stand Up Comedy
Keynote Speaking
Comedy Character Meet ‘n’ Greet
Interactive Comedy Character Show
Corporate Comedy Trivia
Music uniquely written for your company

Jason Slade Belle Voce Studio

Jason Slade is one of the most promising New Zealand classical/pop singers, songwriters and voice trainers. Jason also was approved funding for his new business venture of the Belle Voce Studio where he will be specialising in voice training.

He is a classical tenor and pop-singer/songwriter from Auckland and represented New Zealand music in Moscow after an invitation by the NZ ambassador, singing there Maori Waiata and some original compositions.

Zekiah Heath

It was a pleasure interviewing and approving Zekiah Heath for her new business venture Popkraft. You can view Zekiah's ceramic art on, or read her blog on; and whilst you are there, don't forget to check out her Etsy online store too!

Zekiah has a gorgeous range of ceramic objects and jewellery, as well as a new range of textiles for your home. All made in New Zealand to the highest quality.

Here is an example of her slipcast ceramics work aptly named Milkyway