Judy Millar (born 1957), who represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2009, has an internationally recognized painting practice. Working from a conceptual painting framework she freely references painting's recent histories, particularly delighting in plundering the expressiveness of gestural painting. Millar takes up known positions only to deconstruct and question their previous meanings.
An increasing dialogue between architecture and painting, between three-dimensional space and the painted surface, question the traditional relationship between the art object and the exhibition space.
A hallmark of Millar's work practice is her process of erasure, wiping or scraping paint off the surface of the work. The resultant image of positive and negative space, of tension and calm, compression and expansion, is an elaboration of the pictorial space.
Judy Millar lives in Berlin and Auckland. Recent solo exhibitions include: Be Do Be Do Be Do, IMA, Brisbane; I Give You The End Of A Golden Thread, Sullivan & Strumpf, Sydney; Comic Drop, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland; The Rainbow Loop, Museum Otterndorf. Group exhibitions include Farbiges Grau, Mies van Der Rohe Haus, Berlin; Artists for Tichy, GASK, Gallery of Central Bohemia; The Hierarchy Problem, Rohkunstbau, Schloß Marquardt, Potsdam; Artists from Aotearoa, Frankfurter Kunstverein. She was Moet & Chandon Fellow in 1994, and in 2002 she won the Wallace Art Award. Residencies include the inaugural Colin McCahon Residency, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Goethe Institut, Berlin and ISCP programme in New York.
Collections include Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Christchurch Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, CAP Art, Dublin.