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Massey CoCA Hall of Fame 2012

Guy Ngan

Guy Ngan (1926 – 2017) was one of New Zealand’s most prolific artists, with many large-scale public artworks located throughout the country. His works include a wide range of media including architectural and freestanding sculpture, design, painting, drawing, interior architecture and printmaking. Examples in Wellington include the façade sculpture on the Reserve Bank, the concrete relief on the Archives Building and the Beehive tapestry.

Guy attended classes at the Wellington Technical School of Art before travelling overseas to study at Goldsmith College and the Royal College of Art, London. He returned to New Zealand to work with the Ministry of Works and then in the architectural practice of Stephenson and Turner, where he established a reputation as the ‘go to’ man for integrating sculptural work into both public and commercial buildings. This continued through the 80s, before Guy left Stephenson and Turner to work for himself as a print-maker, painter and sculptor.

Guy was the director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts for ten years, a council member of the New Zealand Industrial Design Council, a council member of the National Art Gallery and vice president of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1983.

He has been a source of inspiration to generations of younger people, for whom he has provided wise and often transformative counsel.