ABOUT THE ARTIST

Whetū van den Oever-Nagel was born in the Netherlands in 1961 as Birgitta Nagel which soon became Git. Since immigrating to New Zealand in 2010 she also has been known as Whetū which stands for star in the Māori language and is related to her original name Birgitta.
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. Please email or call beforehand. You can find her works on Facebook and also on Flickr.

dōTerra

Whetū’s other passion is natural remedies for health, she is an Independent Wellness Advocate for dōTerra, "gift of the earth".
Please visit her dōTerra page to know more about the benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils.

GALLERIES REPRESENTING WHETU'S WORK:

Artspace
Alfred Memelink Gallery
223 The Esplanade, Petone, New Zealand

Tutere Gallery
48 Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach, New Zealand

EVENTS, ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS

  • 2019 February to April - Tutere Gallery Local Artists Exhibition, Waikanae
  • 2018/19, 15 Dec-17 FebrSummerCash&Carry and Summer Exhibition of members of NZ Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2018, 28/28Oct & 3/4Nov - Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2018, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show, with Merit Award Abstract category for "Direction"
  • 2018, 12-28 October - Participant Little Sprout Charity Art Event www.littlesproutsnz.org
  • 2018, 24-29 August - Canvas200, short exhibition / Fundraiser, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2018, 16 June-18 July - Winter Exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2018, 2-29 April - Autumn Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 19 December 2017-13 February 2018 - Summer Member Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 3 Decemer 2017-14 January 2018 - Mahara Arts Review Exhibition participant, Waikanae
  • 2017, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2017, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show
  • 2017, 20-25 July - Canvas200, short exhibition / Fundraiser, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2017, 17 June-16 July - Winter Exhibition of members of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 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, Wellington
  • 2017, February - Summer Studio Arts Tour 2017 Waitangi Weekend, Waikanae
  • 2017, 18 February-19 March - Summer Member Exhibition, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
  • 2016, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • 2016, October - Rotary Paraparaumu Annual Art Show, Merit Award: Best Natural Fauna for the oil painting "Pipo"
  • 2016, July - Participant Kāpiti Artworks Exhibition&Sale at Charles Fleming Retirement Village, Waikanae
  • 2015, Kāpiti Arts Trail Participant, Kāpiti Coast
  • Member of Art Trails New Zealand
  • Member of New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

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