New Zealand painter Michael Hight (born 1961), is a self-taught artist had been painting prolifically from the age of fourteen. His earlier work could be termed as abstract, involving chance elements and uncertainly of outcome.


However, his oeuvre changed in the early 2000s, to an almost realist style, when Hight began working on his ‘Beehive paintings. Structures of multi coloured beehives are depicted in large open New Zealand landscapes; often farmland, but also nestled beneath mountainous ranges or tucked alongside tussock, derelict rusting sheds, or disintegrated cars. These are such recognized scenes amidst the New Zealand landscape and can be placed alongside earlier Regionalist New Zealand Painters, such as W. A. Sutton or Russell Clark.