Robert George is an artist of Ngāti Kuki Airani (Rarotonga and Atiu) and of Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara heritage. He works between contemporary art, short film and photography.
His work in the gallery is often distinguished by his use of multiple screens. The five channel installation Horohoro (2018) was described as "...typified by his love of surrealist cinema, the materiality of film and a constant exploration of the human condition." - Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.
Another five screen work, A Memoir for Falling Light (2017), was accompanied by an installation of domestic furniture featured in the film. The artist described the work as seeking "...to embed an indigenous understanding of time and death into a reading of the final moments of a person’s life".
Robert regularly works with Walters Prize-nominated artist, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila, to document his art practice. In 2020 they will release a short documentary about Kalisolaite’s creative process. They recently worked together on a project for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Robert originally studied Fine Arts and Design, before gaining a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology at Victoria University Wellington. He currently lives and works in Auckland with his fiance and son.
Robert George headshot by Raymond Sagapolutele.
2019 - Horohoro, From The Shore (Group Show), Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
2017 - A Memoir for Falling Light, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
2015 - The Embrace of Night (Go To Sleep), Pacifique(S) Contemporain (Group Show), Normandy, France
2014 - Call Me The Winter Winds, Tau Tupua: The Spirits (Group Show), Fresh Gallery Ōtara, Auckland
2013 - The Embrace of Night (Go To Sleep), Conversation in Mind (Group Show), Auckland
2019 - Smile, Malcolm Lakatani (Music Video)
2018 - True To You, Malcolm Lakatani (Music Video)
2016 - ‘Aka’ōu, (Short Documentary)
2016 - Smiths Ave (Short Film)
2006 - The Goodbye (Short Film)