The artist in her studio with Taming the Furies


Born Auckland 1941

Sylvia Siddell has exhibited regularly throughout New Zealand since 1975. She has also exhibited in Australia and Spain. Her work is now in many public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, USA, England, Indonesia and Germany.
Taking inspiration from her immediate environment her work depicts domestic scenes infused with wit and imagination, reflecting the joys, sorrows, struggles and frustrations of daily existence.
In 1983 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grant to study print making and further developed her style using etching, lithography and hand painted screen printing techniques.
In 1994 the Auckland City Art Gallery displayed a survey of her work from 1983 -1994 titled Slaughter of the Innocents.

In the Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours 2002 Sylvia Siddell was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in recognition of services to painting.

While still producing detailed drawings her more recent exhibitions have featured paintings in oils

Auckland Gallery, Toi O Tamaki, Auckland

Te Papa Tongarewa,Museum of New Zealand Wellington
Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Dowse Art Gallery, Wellington
Hawkes Bay Gallery and Museum, Napier
Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, Wellington
Ministry Of Women's Affairs, Wellington
Eastern Southland Art Gallery and Museum, Gore
Waitemata City Council
Rotorua Art Gallery
Waikato Art Museum
Manawatu Art Gallery Palmerston North


Between the Lives, Deborah Shepard (ed) Auckland University Press, 2005
Mundane and Marvellous,The Art of Sylvia Siddell, Interactive Education, 2004
New Zealand Painting:a Concise History, Michael Dunn, Auckland University Press, 2003
Art New Zealand 44 1987 "Sylvia Siddell Lost in the Fun House"
Art New Zealand 17 1980 "Women in the Arts"
Art New Zealand 20 "Images of Men"
Auckland City Art Gallery Catalogue "Anxious Images" 1984
National Art Gallery Catalogue "Content - Context" 1986
New Zealand Art - a Modern Perspective Elva Bett
TV NZ Documentary "In Separate Rooms" Kerry Fowler Kaleidoscope July 30 1982
Art New Zealand 72 1994
"Unruly Practices - Sylvia Siddell" Auckland City Art Gallery. 1994
Persuasion of the Real, Michael Dunn 1995
Contemporary Painting in New Zealand Michael Dunn 1996
Another 100 N Z Artists Warwick Brown 1996
Re-visioning the Real - Catalogue 1998
Artistic Genus - Emily Simpson - NZ House and Garden Oct 1998
Cuisine Magazine Oct 1998
Art News Winter1998
"Reading Sylvia Siddell" Catherine Lane West-Newman, Art New Zealand 103 Winter2002

2005 Artis Gallery Auckland “Couch”
2002 Artis Gallery Auckland “Readings”
2000 Artis Gallery Auckland “Fragments From a Life”
1998 Artis Gallery Auckland “A Rich Life,”
1996 Artis Gallery Auckland “Collections Recollections, “
1994 Auckland City Art Gallery~ Survey Show "Slaughter of the Innocents"
1995 Hawkes Bay Museum ~Survey Show “Sylvia Siddell’s Dinner Party”
1992 Chiaroscuro Gallery, "Slaughter of the Innocents
1990 Proba Gallery Auckland "Dinner Parties"
1988 Eastern Southland Art Gallery, Gore "Sylvia Siddell, Works on Paper”
1987 His Majesty's Arcade, Auckland, "Beds and Things"
1985 Dennis Cohn Gallery, "Domesticity Revisited"
1983 Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington. "Suburban Morning"
Denis Cohn Gallery, "Intrusions"
1982 Denis Cohn Gallery, ,"Separate Rooms"
1980 Barry Lett Galleries, "The Inheritors"
Waikato Society of Arts
1979 Barry Lett Galleries, "Cordon Noir"
1977 Barry Lett Galleries, S "One Day in the life of Mrs S.”


Artis Gallery Auckland "Drawings".
Wairarapa Art Museum, Masterton, "Good Art"
Dowse Art Gallery, Wellington.

International Illustration CyberNet Exhibition - Korea.
Contemporary Art International Exchange - Prague.
Fringe of Heaven, Lopdell House Gallery.

Tane Whakapiripiri Awataha Marae
Tooth and Claw Auckland City Art Gallery.

Liquid Jade Manawatu Art Gallery Palmerston North

Conversations with Judy Chicago Fisher Gallery
After Dark Robert McDougall (Christchurch Art Gallery

Re-visioning the Real A Touring Exhibition N.Z.

Art in the City Lopdell House Auckland

Food the Vital Stuff - Auckland City Art Gallery

Persuasion of the Real - A Touring Exhibition
Lopdell House Gallery
Hawkes Bay art Museum
Gisborne Art Gallery
Manawatu Art Gallery
1994 Lopdell House "Domestic Bliss"

1993 Portfolio (and Tour N Z ) "Peaceworks"
Dunedin City Art Gallery "From Liquid Darkness"
Judith Anderson Gallery "Centennial Suffrage Year"
Robert McDougall Gallery Christchurch
George Fraser Gallery "Temple of Flora"
Chiaroscuro "The Modern Myth"

Canterbury Society of Arts, Real - Surreal
Mt Eden Artists in Action
Artis Gallery, Auckland, Interiors
Waikato Art Museum, Works from the Collection
Epsom Girls' Grammar School
Chiaroscuro, Urban Metamorphosis
Outreach, Marks and Milestones
Artis Gallery, The Figure
Customhouse Auckland, James Wallace Collection

Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Images of Home and Garden
Aotea Centre, Auckland Children's Hospital
Chiaroscuro Gallery,Opening Show, New Visions
Northland Gallery, Whangarei. Auckland Printmakers
Pumphouse Auckland, Prestigious Artists
Canterbury Society of Arts, The Chair
Portfolio Gallery, Auckland Drawings
Auckland Society of Arts, Work by the Tutors
Charlotte H Gallery, Still Life

Aotea Centre Auckland "Curtains Up'
Artspace Auckland, Art Against Aids
Muka Studio Youth Prints in Auckland Wellington
and Christchurch
Lopdell House, Wild West Art Show
Outreach, Cover to Cover (books)
Canterbury Society of Arts, Self Portraits
Auckland Society of Arts, The Tutor's Show

Auckland City Art Gallery, Artist's Choice
Brisbane, Mezzanine Gallery. International Women
Eastern Southland Museum, Gore. Guest Artist
Outreach, Elegant Miniatures
Muka Studios at the Regent, Past Present Future
Louise Beale, Wellington. Christmas Show

Auckland City Art Gallery, Indoor - Outdoor
Auckland Museum, Art of Nature
Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Paper Treasures
Dowse Art Gallery, Recent Acquisitions
Te Awamatu Arts Festival
Jeanne d'Estienne Gallery, Opening Show

Fisher Gallery Pakuranga, Screens
Auckland City Art Gallery, Lithographs for Youngsters
Wellington City Art Gallery, Lithographs
Aids Foundation Auction
Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
Auckland Society of Arts, Tutors
Mt Eden Festival

Auckland City Art Gallery, The Print - Methods and Masterpieces
Suter Art Gallery~, Nelson. The Self
Wellington, Flying Kiwi Arts '86. Visual Diaries
Suter Art Gallery~, Goodman Suter Biennial
Auckland City Art Gallery~, Works From the Collection
Melbourne Etching Supplies, N Z Printmakers
Lopdell House Auckland, Opening Show
Robert McDougall Gallery, A Piece of Art for Peace

Auckland City Art Gallery, ANZART 85
Artist's Book Show
Louise Beale Gallery, Wellington
Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch
Fisher Gallery, The Folding Image (screens)
National Gallery, Wellington. Recent Acquisitions
Auckland Society of Arts, Drawings
National Gallery Wellington, Content - Context

Auckland City Art Gallery, "Anxious Images"
Aspects of Recent New Zealand Art (Toured New Zealand)
Robert McDougall Gallery Christ church
Outreach, Visual Diaries

Rotorua Art Gallery~, Guest Artist
Finalist, Team McMillan Ford Competition

1982 Bilbao Spain,Muestra Internacional de Arte Grafico "Arteder 82"
Hawkes Bay Art Gallery~, Napier. Guest Artist
Outreach, Women by Women
New Vision, Auckland Festival Exhibition
Maidment Theatre, Festival of Feminist Art

Outreach, Works on Paper by Women
New Vision, Amnesty International
Manawatu Art Gallery, Artist's Boxes
Outreach, Images of Men
Elva Bett, Wellington, Christmas Show

Barry Lett, 15th Anniversary Exhibition
Outreach, Women in the Arts
Peter Webb, Kites and Masks
Wellington Womens Gallery

Dennis Cohn Gallery, The New Zealand Nude
Peter Webb Gallery, Figurative Artists
Bay of Islands Arts Festival

Denis Cohn Gallery ,Opening Show.

1977 Barry Lett Galleries, New Year New Works

1975 1976
Mollers Christmas Shows, Auckland


Avondale College Art teacher: R.N.Field
1964-65 Auckland Post Primary Teacher's College.
1967 Auckland University Summer School
Tutor: Colin McCahon
1970 Auckland Society of Arts night classes
Tutor: Louise Henderson
1975-76 Auckland Technical Institute night classes
1983 Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grant to study etching


1964 Fiji Tonga
1977-88 Several trips to Australia.
1981 U.S.A. Tokyo
1989 London and Paris.
1991 Europe.
1994 France
1996 Spain
1999 USA
2001 U.K. U.S.A.

1983-1990 Tutor life drawing Auckland Society of Arts
1987 Judge Auckland Society Member's Awards
1988 Judge New Zealand Library Assn. Book Awards
Judge Lion Breweries Art Awards
Judge Blockhouse Bay Logo Award
1989 Selector Auck. Studio Potters 25th Annual Show.
1990 Judge Auckland Society Arts Autumn Awards

1991 Tutor Lopdell House, Titirangi
1992 Tutor Blockhouse Bay Community Centre
Judge North Shore Art Awards
1993 Tutor Elam Summer School
1995 Judge Waiheke Art Awards
1996 Judge Mt Eden art awards
Judge Iris Fisher art awards
1998 Workshop Lopdell House
Workshops Auckland College of Education
1999 Tutor Nelson Polytechnic
Judge Telecom Art Awards
Artist in Residence Iona College

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