Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden

Oliver Stretton Pow

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Oliver Stretton-Pow

Oliver Stretton-Pow grew up surrounded by antiques and #8 wire contraptions in the Stone Store and Museum in Kerikeri, where his parents were the last proprietors. He produced his first sculptures in the blacksmith’s forge behind the Stone Store.

Stretton-Pow graduated from art school in Perth in 1992 and then worked in Europe and the Middle East for four years. Returning to Australia he worked as a blacksmith then moved to New Zealand where he built a large studio. Stretton-Pow held his first solo exhibition in 2002 and completed his MFA at Elam in 2004.

In 2005 Stretton-Pow relocated his studio to Waiheke Island, since then he has had regular solo exhibitions and participated in a number of indoor and outdoor group shows including NZSoS: New Zealand Sculpture OnShore, Shapeshifter and Sculpture in the Gardens in Auckland.

His first artist residency was in Perth in 2012. And in 2015 he was offered a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre (Western Australia), and subsequently exhibited at Sculpture at Bathers in Fremantle. Later that year he travelled to the Gold Coast to create a work for the SWELL sculpture festival. In 2016 Stretton-Pow exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea (Sydney) NZSoS (Auckland) and Sculpt Oneroa (Waiheke Island).

In addition to creating works for various major exhibitions, Stretton-Pow accepts private commissions and creates bespoke architectural elements.