Whetū van den Oever was born in the Netherlands in 1961 as Birgitta which soon became Git. Since immigrating to New Zealand in 2010 she has been known as Whetū.
She has been painting since 2002 and is largely self-taught.

In her work Whetū captures the essence of nature by zooming in on details and conveying the mercuriality of colours. Fascinated and attracted to the extraordinary, she digs deeper into the wonder of nature with every painting. This leads to both abstract and figurative paintings using mixed mediums. In turns, her work glimmers with quiet reflection and explodes with vibrant colours, multi-layered and honest, explicit and vague.

“Details trigger my senses. My enthusiasm grows, my happiness expands, my spirit brightens. The beauty, complexity, depth and unknown reasons of those details makes me paint or catch them with my camera”.

Whetū’s home is her studio in Otaihanga, Paraparaumu, where she works daily on her creations and visits can be arranged by appointment.

Every Wednesday mornings except holidays, 9:30 - 12:30 there is Open Atelier. Please email beforehand.

You can find her works on Facebook and also on Flickr.


Alfred Memelink Gallery
223 The Esplanade, Petone, New Zealand

Lush Gallery
18 Raumati Rd, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Tutere Gallery
48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach, New Zealand


  • 2017, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant
  • 2017, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show
  • 2017, 20 - 25 July - Canvas200, short exhibition & Gala Fundraiser Evening Academy NZ Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2017, 17 June-16 July - Winter Exhibition of members of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2017, 11 June-22 July - Solo Exhibition "Ocean Depths" at Tutere Gallery, Waikanae
  • 2017, May - Solo 42 participant at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2017, February - Summer Studio Arts Tour 2017 Waitangi Weekend
  • 2017, 18 February-19 March - Summer Exhibition of members of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2016, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant
  • 2016, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show, won an award for the painting "Pipo"
  • 2016, July - Participant Kāpiti Artworks Exhibition&Sale at Charles Fleming Retirement Village, Waikanae
  • 2015, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant
  • Member of Art Trails New Zealand
  • Member of NZAFA (New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts)

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