Louise Keen

My name is Louise Keen and am an artist from Auckland, New Zealand.

As an artist I am interested in the distant and impersonal relationship the western world has with the production of the consumer product and the environmental issues this implies. Through the everyday process of walking and collecting, I then use casting and stitching to mend or bind, somehow making sense of the human journey and mitigating the sometimes overwhelming feeling of loss through the physical and metaphysical connection between my concerns and the materials.


I was born in Pakuranga in the south east of Auckland, New Zealand.  I grew up here with my three sisters and left for Wellington at the age of 17 where I became part of the early Punk scene that contributed to my aesthetic and started to develop my sense of consciousness.

Being the mother of two (grown) children I am concerned with the impact we are having on our environment at a global level and what we can do to pass on a planet that is sustainable.

My early career in Fashion production and design lends a particular point of view that literally allows me to draw the threads of my life and ideas together.

Awards and Achievements

  • 2014 - 2015 Graduate recipient of the Artist Alliance Mentoring Programme. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2010 - 2013 Study for Bachelor for Fine Arts degree.  Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
  • 2012 - 2013 Internship: Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2009 Awarded College George Pearce Scholarship towards further study in 2010.
  • 2009 Foundation Certificate of Arts and Design. Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
  • 1989 Benson and Hedges Fashion Design Awards.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 “Ooz Blooz” , at Studio One Toi Tū, Gallery Three, 26 September - 25 October 2018. Ponsonby, Auckland NZ.
  • 2016 Meditations , at Studio One Toi Tū, Gallery Two and Sidewalk Gallery, 27th July-18th August 2016. Ponsonby, Auckland NZ.
  • 2015 “fundamental disposition of the melancholic” at Lot23, April 10th- 26th May 2015. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2014 "Still Life" at Lake House Arts Trust, Oct - Nov. 2014. Auckland, New Zealand. (Part of Artweek Auckland).

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017 Small Works show, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2017 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award. Hawera, Taranaki, NZ.
  • 2017 40 x 40 small works show, Monterey Gallery. April-May. Howick, NZ.
  • 2017 PAPERWORK Exhibition at DEMO Space,Group Show. Auckland, NZ.
  • 2015 - 2016 Arch Hill Art Wall - Community art wall. Contributing artist. Auckland, NZ. 
  • 2015 ladies bring a plate presents How To Mingle With The Super Rich. HOTDATE - project space. Auckland, NZ.
  • 2015 run rabbit run / for a long time, I went to bed early. Duo exhibition with Helen C Clegg. Chancery Square Arts Pop Up, Heart of the City and Artweek Auckland, NZ.
  • 2015 Blikfang Group Show. Auckland, NZ.
  • 2015 "don't rock the boat" Group Show. B.A.T. Gallery. Devonport, Auckland, NZ.
  • 2015 Art Ache - Golden Dawn, Ponsonby. Auckland, NZ.
  • 2014-2015 CEAC, Works on Paper-  Affordable Art Show. 5th Dec-18th January 2015.Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2014-2015 A Single Grain Of Rice, Group Exhibition. Gallery Metanoia, Paris. 19th December – 10th January 2015. Paris, France.
  • 2014 Saloon des Ferari 2014 Group Show at Fuzzyvibes Gallery. 12th December 2014. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2014 Miami Art Fair - Art Takes Miami Exhibition - 7th Dec, 2014. Scope Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL. USA.
  • 2014 World of Threads Festival 2014. Exhibiting artist in the Living Arts Centre, Group show, strung up and undone. November 1-30. Ontario, Canada.
  • 2014 Taranaki National Art Awards 1st – 8th November 2014.
  • 2014 Lysaght Watt Gallery, Group Exhibition “Inner Space”. Hawera,Taranaki.NZ.
  • 2013 Whitecliffe Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition. Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2013 Art and Sustainability Exhibition. Sustainability Conference 2013, Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland , New Zealand.
  • 2013 Eden Schools Art Awards. Auckland.
  • 2013 Urbis Design Day, Silo Park. Auckland.
  • 2012 Orphaned By Purpose. Group Show. Pearce Gallery, Parnell. Auckland.