Land, sea and sky still dominate Simon Kaan’s works, the spaces are fragmented by floating, indeterminate horizon lines, which create a sense of rhythm and movement.
Simon Kaan is of Chinese, Ngai Tahu and Pakeha ancestry. He graduated with a Diploma of Fine Art majoring in Printmaking at Otago Polytechnic in 1993 and has exhibited widely in New Zealand in both public and dealer galleries. In 2004 Simon Kaan undertook the Red Gate Gallery Residency in Beijing with the support of Creative New Zealand. Recently he has been included in Warwick Brown’s book ‘Seen this Century: 100 Contemporary New Zealand Artists – A Collector’s Guide’ published by Random House.
As part of AAAH2018 Simon Kaan collaborated with Big Thumb Chinese Restaurant to produce Kaihaukai Art Project as part of AAAH2018’s public art project Eat My Culture.