Murray Hewitt

b. 1969

Murray Hewitt is an artist who works mostly in video, often employing performance to undertake site-specific actions. His works contemplate consumer behavior, historic events and recent politics. Several of his videos employ a lone costumed figure (played by Hewitt). Elsewhere Hewitt utilises a stationary camera to capture durational or repetitive behaviour. 

Hewitt has presented solo installations at City Gallery Wellington and The Physics Room (Christchurch) which re-presented sculptural material from his performative videos alongside the moving image. He has appeared in group international touring shows including Artists Film International (commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, UK) and his work was part of the 2012 exhibition Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany.

Born in Hastings, Murray Hewitt is a first generation New Zealander whose parents immigrated in the 1960’s from England. He currently lives in Taranaki with his family and contracts as an exhibitions preparator. He completed a masters degree in Fine Arts from Massey University, Wellington (2007). He also has a NZ Certificate in Civil Engineering and worked for many years as a youth worker

Selected Exhibitions (group unless noted)
2018
Jessies Girl and Stations as part of Urban Worlds, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru

2017
The Rising Gale, five screenings with live sound, as part of Common Ground Public Arts Festival, Various locations, Hutt City
A Party Political Broadcast, as part of Party Political Broadcast, presented online at circuit.org.nz and at Old Hall Gigs, Wellington

2016
Fail to the Chief, as part of East 2016, Hastings City Art Gallery
Spin Two, as part of Repeat/Reflect/Rotate, Tauranga Art Gallery
Barbra, as part of Suburban Dreams, Dowse Art Museum, Porirua

2015
North Harbour Club, North Harbour Stadium, Albany. January 25 2013, as part of Other Waters: Art on the Manukau, Te Tuhi, Auckland

2014
Smoke Rises Around the Silent Sea, as part of Te Urewera Conversations, The Land, The People, The History, Whakataane Library and Exhibition Centre

2013
The Downfall of Light, as part of group touring programme Artists Film International, commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, London, various venues in Europe, North America, Asia, New Zealand
Seven, as part of group show Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004 – 2013, City Gallery Wellington

2012
To Pluck Water, RAMP Hamilton (solo)
The Secrets of Their Own Hearts, City Gallery Wellington (solo)
Antipodal, The Physics Room, Christchurch, (solo)
Rooster Response (vinyl cut), as part of The Chinese Horoscope Show, Enjoy Public Art Gallery Wellington
Recessional, as part of Still, Pelorus Trust mediagallery, The New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington
Weeping Waters, as part of group show Contact. Artists from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2011
Wai, T.U.D.N.R.A, as part of Camp A Low Hum, Bulls
Are we not drawn onward to a new era, Ann Shelton & Murray Hewitt, Suite Gallery, Wellington
Book project based on single channel video Recessional, as part of The Imaginary Archive, curated by Gregory Sholett, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway, Ireland
Seven, as part of group screening Focus Nouvelle Zelande, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Election Year (early version) as part of An Exhibition of Graduate Fine Arts Students From SOFA’s First Ten Years, The Engine Room, Wellington

2010
Untitled (2007), ViewFinder, New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland (solo)
Stations, Square² Gallery, City Gallery Wellington (solo)
Book project based on single channel video Recessional, as part of The Imaginary Archive, curated by Gregory Sholett, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington
Drowned Out (performance), Te Aro Park cnr Taranaki Street and Dixon, for Enjoy Public Art Gallery