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Curriculum Vitae



Master of Fine Art Degree, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, graduated with Honours, 2016

Advanced Diploma of Art and Design, Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, 2013



Judge, 35th Trusts Art Award, 2022


2014-21 Commissioned Artist for New Zealand Unsung Hero Award trophies

2016 Finalist, Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards 

2013 Finalist, Wallace Trust Art Awards

2012 Finalist, Adam New Zealand Portrait Award

2011 Winner, Supreme Award, Waitakere Trust Arts and Sculpture Award (Painting)


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Capturing what Cannot be Captured, Atelier Gallery, Whakatu, Nelson, solo show Oct-Nov, 2023

Luminary, 2023, Korschenbroich, Germany, May 2023

Luminary I Luminare, 2022, New Zealand Tour, Auckland/Dunedin/Christhchurch/Wellington, May - August, 2022

Luminary I Luminare presentation, Personal Structures, European Cultural Centre, Italy, Venice Biennale, 23 April - 27 Nov 2022, Curated by Sara Danieli and Lucia Pedrana

Luminary, NorthArt, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand, 21 May - 3 July 2022 (solo exhibition)

Numinous Spheres, NorthArt, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021 (solo exhibition)

Curated by Karen Sewell, Jonathan Organ and Jessica Pearless

Wonder Tree & Baade’s Window, Owhango Summer Sculpture Show, selected artist, Owhango, New Zealand 2020–21, Curated by Jonathan Organ and Jessica Pearless

In Paradise 2018 & Luminary (Intangible), 2021NZ Sculpture OnShore, selected artist, Fort Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Curated by Anna Hanson 2018 and Sally Lush 2021

Awakenings IV, installation, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand, 2021 (solo exhibition)

Faux, The Wilderness Precinct, Featured artist, Festival One, Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, 2020, curated by Mark Pierson

Paradise Life, EA Arts and Music Festival, Featured artist, The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand, March 2017, Curated by Cleo Barnett, Paris Kirby and Bronson Price

The Stand In, 2015, Glaister Ennor Graduate Award, Sanderson Contemporary Gallery, 2016, Curated by Kylie Sanderson

Adaptation: New Artists in a new space, Warwick Henderson Gallery, 2015, curated by Warwick Henderson 

Lost, 2015, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand

2014 (solo exhibition), Curated by Nicholas Butler


Selected texts

McAvoy, Emil, “Levitation: The recent work of Karen Sewell”, Numinous Spheres exhibition catalogue, Northart, 2021

Torrance, Tamar, “Numinosity in the art of Karen Sewell”, Luminary publication, Venice, 2022

Shaw, Megan, "The lineage of Luminary: Wonder and the sphere in early modern art history (1400-1700)", Luminary publication, Venice, 2022

Brown, Judith, "Benediction: Theological resonances in Luminary I Luminare", Luminary publication, Venice, 2022

Represented in Art Collections

C. Hutchinson Collection 

The James Wallace Arts Trust

National and international private collections

Representing Galleries

NorthArt Gallery Auckland

Atelier Gallery Nelson

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