Born in 1974, Kyla Cresswell grew up in the south of New Zealand and studied printmaking at the Otago School of Art. Time living and working overseas, saw her influenced by the aesthetics of Japan and inspired by the minimal wintery landscape of Europe and Canada.

Kyla’s delicate work explores the physical impact of the elements on the environment as well as the consequences of human occupation of the land. Working mainly in mezzotint and drypoint, she strives to find a sense of stillness and a quiet celebration of nature.

In 2006, aspiring to develop a supportive environment for works on paper in Wellington, Kyla opened Solander: works on paper Gallery. In 2009 she was joined by two other directors and later stepped away from the gallery to focus on family. Kyla now works from her home studio on the south coast of Wellington.

Kyla has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada and her work is held in private and public collections around the world. 

 

Education

2002
Edinburgh Printmakers‘ Studio Summer School, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1993-1996
Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking), Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin, NZ

 

Solo Exhibitions

2005

New places we remember, Grodentz: works on paper, Wellington, NZ

2005
New places we remember, Printmakers‘ Studio, Dunedin, NZ

 

Selected Group Exhibitions  

 

2015
Works on Paper: Kyla Cresswell, Marci Tackett and Danielle Creenaune, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2014
Summer Salon, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ 

2013
Heart 2013, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ 

2012
Art on Life: Group Show – Collaboration with Kate Fitzharris, NZ Academy Of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ 

2012
Freak of Nature, King Family Exhibition Space, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A

2011
Freak of Nature, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University, Churchill, Australia

2011
A Happy Medium: Group Exhibition, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ

2009
Deck the Walls, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ 

2008
Near & Far: Kyla Cresswell & Inge Doesburg, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ

2007
Impressed, Aratoi Gallery, Masterton, NZ 

2007
Inky and Scratchy, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ

2006 – 2008
6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Touring UK

2006
Bimpe IV: Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Federation Gallery and Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, Canada

2006
An Exhibition of Small Intaglio Prints: Pawel Zablocki, Todd Tremeer, Kyla Cresswell and Ryan Price. Open Studio, Toronto, Canada

2006
10: Printmakers‘ Studio 10th Birthday Exhibition, Printmakers‘ Studio, Dunedin, NZ

2006
Treasures from the Conservation Collection, Riverton Arts Centre, Riverton, NZ

2005
Annual Artist Proof Sale, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada

2005
Open Slather: CPCANZ Members‘ Exhibition, Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North, NZ

2005
 If All The World Were Paper and All The Sea Were Ink, Northern Print Studio, North Shields, England

2004
Recent Works from Northern Print Studio Red Box Gallery, Newcastle, UK

2001
Nagasaki Teachers' Art Exhibition Nagasaki, Japan

1997
Otago School of Art Student Work, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ

1997
Seven Exhibition, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ

1996
Young Contemporaries, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ

 

Awards

1996 Craig Printing Young Contemporary of the Year Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ

 

Publications

The Joy of a Ming Vase, Poems by Ruth Dallas. Published by Otago University Press, 2006. Paperback ISBN 1 877372 30 7

Printmaking Handbook: Non-Toxic Printmaking by Mark Graver,  A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London, 2011. Paperback ISBN 1408113252