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Diploma in Graphic Design 1971


CoCA Hall of Fame 2010

Fane Flaws

Fane Flaws is a multi-media artist, and has spent the past 40 years working as a musician, songwriter, painter and graphic designer, directing music videos, short films and TVCs, as well as writing and publishing children’s literature.

After graduating with a diploma in graphic design from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1971, Fane spent the next thirteen years in the music industry, touring extensively in New Zealand and Australia with New Zealand’s multi-media circus Blerta as guitarist, songwriter and resident poster artist. He then spent four years writing, playing guitar, singing and designing the graphics for his bands Spats and The Crocodiles. 

In 1980 Fane left for Australia to pursue a song writing/recording career, progressing to directing videos and painting, and establishing media companies. He exhibited work in three solo exhibitions, and his  first short film 'Rodney & Juliet' won best first film at the 1989 Clermont Ferrand Film Festival. He also collected over 40 awards for directing, including three Gold Axis NZ advertising awards, and Gold for Best Humour at London International Advertising Awards in 1993. 

He is co-author, illustrator and publisher of the children's book The Underwatermelon Man and Other Unreasonable Rhymes, and co-wrote the 25 songs for the accompanying CD by the duo, Bend.

Fane has been a full time artist since moving to the Hawke’s Bay in 2002, working in paint, print, and sculptural assemblage and exhibiting throughout New Zealand. He still plays regularly with long-time buddies Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent in their band No Engine.