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About Juliet Best

"The joy of expression - big swooping background moves of brush and paint over canvas, then careful respectful strokes for detail, letting the buttery paint slip and slide into the spaces it should fill.  To create something visual is a powerful handmade and heartfelt experience"

Juliet Best in her Art Gallery

My name is Juliet Best. Welcome to my website.

I am a professional full time artist and gallery co-owner, and I love my job...! 

My latest paintings, include strong horizon lines and my ongoing work with gold leaf celebrate the beauty and moods of New Zealand skies, landscapes and water.

I live by the sea in Island Bay and commute to my gallery and studio in Shelly Bay, always observing and loving the ever-changing southern skies, sea and coastlines. I am very grateful for my daily journey to and from work and I am often stopping and sketching or taking photographs.

My extensive work with tapa cloth, gold leaf and texture mediums on canvas or wood panel shapes is an important part of my art practice. My love of painting native birds, flora and fauna over many years is finding real maturity and evolving in new and exciting directions.

I have recently been appointed the artist-in-residence for Wellington's Life Flight Trust for 2018/19 and have also completed two very successful years as the resident guest artist with Air New Zealand in the Wellington Domestic and International Koru Lounges.

I am currently part of The Big Hoot Auckland 2018 - an art trail of magnificent owls on public display throughout Auckland, in support of the Child Cancer Foundation.

My tapa cloth and gold painting, A Tapa Full O’ Manu, is featured in the Museum Art Hotel Wellington Artists Walk for permanent public display.

I was the 2017 guest artist and speaker at the annual all-day Champions Lunch held at Te Papa.


For a detailed list of upcoming and previous art shows, solo & group exhibitions and events that I will be or have been featured in, please click here.