Julian McKinnon is a practicing artist based in Auckland, New Zealand. His core discipline is painting, and his current research is engaged in extending this medium by digital means. This work is being carried out as part of Julian’s Ph.D. candidacy at Elam School of Fine Arts, a faculty within The University of Auckland. Julian’s work is regularly exhibited in New Zealand and abroad, and his writing about art is frequently published in print and online. 

Selected Recent Exhibitions/Residencies/Awards

2018 Selected Finalist - Wallace Art Award, Auckland, NZ

2018 Selected Finalist
- National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ

2015 Group Exhibition
- All That Glitters, The Vivian, Matakana, NZ

2015 Group Exhibition - The Faultless Painter: Less is More, Gallery NON, Berlin, Germany

2015 Solo Exhibition - Origami Unicorn, 30 Upstairs Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2014 Group Exhibition - New Graduate Works, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2014 Group Exhibition - "Multipoint" Oravska Galeria, Dolný Kubín, Slovakia

2013 Recipient – Joe Raynes Scholarship (awarded to an Elam MFA candidate for excellence in painting)

2012 Selected Finalist - 21st Annual Wallace Art Awards

2012 Solo Exhibition - “Goodbye Arcadia” Satellite Gallery, Auckland

2012 Solo Exhibition - “Superluminal” Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2012 Group Exhibition - “Welcome” Satellite Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2010 Artist in Residence – Fundacjia Atelier, Warsaw, Poland

2010 Group exhibition – “Neukollner Kunstsalon”, Kranhalle, Alte Kindle Brauerei, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

2010 Group exhibition – “Solaris”, Kranhalle, Alte Kindle Brauerei, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

2010 Group exhibition – “Multipoint 2010” Galleria Univerzum, University of Constantin the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia

2010 Selcted participant – Multipoint Symposium, ARS Studio, Nitra, Slovakia

2010 Solo Exhibition - All In Between (Then and Now) J.J. Morgan & Co Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2009-2010 Artist in Residence - J.J. Morgan & Co Gallery, Wellington, NZ

2009 Group Exhibition
- “III”, Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, NZ



Julian completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts at the conclusion of 2014. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. at the same institution.



The James Wallace Arts Trust