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.
Edinburgh Printmakers‘ Studio Summer School, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking), Otago Polytechnic School of Art, Dunedin, NZ
New places we remember, Grodentz: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
New places we remember, Printmakers‘ Studio, Dunedin, NZ
Selected Group Exhibitions
Works on Paper: Kyla Cresswell, Marci Tackett and Danielle Creenaune, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Summer Salon, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Heart 2013, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
Art on Life: Group Show – Collaboration with Kate Fitzharris, NZ Academy Of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
Freak of Nature, King Family Exhibition Space, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A
Freak of Nature, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art & Design, Monash University, Churchill, Australia
A Happy Medium: Group Exhibition, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
Deck the Walls, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
Near & Far: Kyla Cresswell & Inge Doesburg, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
Impressed, Aratoi Gallery, Masterton, NZ
Inky and Scratchy, Solander: works on paper, Wellington, NZ
2006 – 2008
6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition, Touring UK
Bimpe IV: Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Federation Gallery and Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, Canada
An Exhibition of Small Intaglio Prints: Pawel Zablocki, Todd Tremeer, Kyla Cresswell and Ryan Price. Open Studio, Toronto, Canada
10: Printmakers‘ Studio 10th Birthday Exhibition, Printmakers‘ Studio, Dunedin, NZ
Treasures from the Conservation Collection, Riverton Arts Centre, Riverton, NZ
Annual Artist Proof Sale, Open Studio, Toronto, Canada
Open Slather: CPCANZ Members‘ Exhibition, Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North, NZ
If All The World Were Paper and All The Sea Were Ink, Northern Print Studio, North Shields, England
Recent Works from Northern Print Studio Red Box Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Nagasaki Teachers' Art Exhibition Nagasaki, Japan
Otago School of Art Student Work, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ
Seven Exhibition, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ
Young Contemporaries, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ
1996 Craig Printing Young Contemporary of the Year Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill, NZ
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