Artist, Lonnie Hutchinson is a multi media and installation artist who exhibits regularly in New Zealand and Australia. She is of mixed descent, with Samoan, Māori (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kuri,) and Celtic bloodlines. And very often her practice reflects this, commenting astutely on aspect of indigeneity in the contemporary world. She does this in a wonderful variety of materials.
Her signature work involves careful handcutting of folded black builders' paper. The work hangs pinned to the wall, its delicate pattern of tracery repeated in gentle cascades across and down the wall. Twelve years ago she presented an augmented reality (long before it became fashionable) - a suite of work that culminated in a public commission still in Chews Lane, Wellington today. She has cut corten steel into massive Kowhaiwhai patterns in Hamilton Gardens, and most recently has completed a memorable (computer cut steel) cladding work, based loosely on the Kakapo feather cloaking the south side of Christchurch's new Justice precinct titled Kahu Matarau.
Lonnie has fused the personal and the political into a multi-faceted art practice, quietly forging a career as she negotiates opportunities both public and private, big or small, and sometimes static and sometimes moving.
Lonnie has taught Art and Art History and Theory, in various Colleges and Universities in New Zealand and Australia and has had management roles for various arts organisations.
In 2000 Hutchinson was the first woman recipient of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies residency at the University of Canterbury, and was also a recipient of the first International Indigenous Art residency at the Banff Art Centre, in Alberta, Canada in 2003.
Public commissions include Pikihuia i te ao, i te pō, and Kahu Matarau 2 large scale integrations into the exterior of the Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, 2017. ‘Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai, a neon art work in Manukau City, 2015. ‘Te Waharoa ki te ao Mārama’, (A freestanding Corten steel sculpture) Hamilton Lake, 2013. ‘Honoa ki te Hono Tawhiti’ 12 permanent wall works for the re-build of the Auckland Art Gallery 2011. Lonnie’s work can be found in The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, the Hocken Library Dunedin, the Queensland Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, The Chartwell Collection and in private collections throughout New Zealand and abroad.