David Stones

David Stones has led a complex and varied life, much of the time as an art educator. He majored in art at Teachers College after years as a printers apprentice and student. He was born in Derbyshire, England of English and Irish parents. The family emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand  after the Second World War. His parents were a profound influence on Stones developing as an artist. His father a textile chemist, whilst his mother was a professional milliner, as well his brother was a professional artist, sculptor.

It is not easy and maybe impossible to place Stones' art with any particular group, school or fashion. Curiosity is the great energy behind the work, interpreting and exploring whatever he sees and feels. Sometimes it is music and dance that consume his interest, other times it is the natural environment and the influence of people on the environment.

Like themes, Stones explores a variety of art media and different ways of using the media, helping to release energy and beauty.

Currently Stones is returning to an earlier interest  in the landscape, especially of the native bush and creatures of New Zealand. The influence of the vibrant weather, human impact and animals living in the rain forest.


selected exhibitions

Stones' art is held in private collections throughout New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, USA and Australia.

The Quiet Dog 2019

Red Gallery Nelson                                           2010-2015

Stones Studio Tasman Nelson                             2004-2011

Studio Works Christchurch                              2009

The Suter Art Gallery Nelson                                2003-2006

Four Walls Gallery Sydney                                2005

Gallery One, Nelson                                         1993

group shows

Red Gallery Nelson                                              2010-2015

Suter Art Society Autumn/Spring Exhibitions       1990 - 2010

Refinery Nelson                                               2010

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology   2000

Crypt of St Martin in the Fields, London           1990

Auckland Art Society                                           1970’s & 1980’s

Outreach, Ponsonby, Auckland                            1970’s & 1980’s

Birkenhead City Council, Auckland                       1970’s & 1980’s

Dennis Cohn Gallery, Auckland                             1970’s & 1980’s

David can be contacted at

art@davidstones.co.nz and +64211784099