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. 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. Alongside his gallery based practice he has made a number of short films and music videos. He currently lives and works in Auckland with his fiance and son.
Essay by Stephen Turner (2018)
Southern Transmissions: Contemporary Video Art from Aotearoa, Duolin Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
From The Shore, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
A Memoir for Falling Light (solo show), Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
Pacifique(s) Contemporain, L'Université Le Havre, Normandy, France
Tau Tupua: The Spirits, Fresh Gallery Ōtara, Auckland
Conversations in Mind, Queens Wharf, Auckland