Harry Culy

Tyne Gordon

Ayesha Green

Jaime Jenkins

Claudia Kogachi

Caroline McQuarrie

Lucy O’Doherty

Elisabeth Pointon

Kāryn Taylor

Christopher Ulutupu

Erica van Zon

Denys Watkins

Bio | Elisabeth Pointon

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Elisabeth Pointon

Elisabeth Pointon, image by Haz Forrester

Born 1992, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Elisabeth Pointon is an early-career artist from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. Her work has been exhibited at a number of significant institutions, including the Dowse Art Museum in Te Awakairangi, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.

Elisabeth is best known for her event-based and sculptural works, which centre on text, and relate to her long-term day job at a luxury car dealership. Pointon riffs on physical advertising devices, such as banners, blimps, and flailing tube men. The phrases she favours — ‘BIG DEAL.’, ‘SPECTACULAR.’, ‘PHENOMENAL.’ — are the ebullient language of sales floors. She tends not to recreate longer slogans, but keeps her expressions tight, allowing the complexity of fairly minimal bits of language to be explored. She embraces slipperiness, but also retains a keen interest in the potential of collective understanding and action.

An important element of Pointon’s practice is institutional critique. She responds to the failings or limitations of galleries, gallerists, and curators in ways pointed and subtle. As a queer woman of colour, she recognises that artists like her are still shown relatively seldom by public institutions, and are constantly at risk of being side-lined or tokenised. She creates works that are bold and outlandishly grand, seizing opportunities to occupy the most space that she can, and pushing the limits of what an early-career artist with limited resources might be expected to achieve.


Bachelor of Fine Arts | Honours | 2011- 2014 Massey University First class | Recipient of the Massey Scholarship for Academic Distinction

Masters of Fine Arts | 2016-2017 Massey University | Recipient of the Massey University Masterate Scholarship


Thanks for all the fish., Mischief Makers, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua (Upcoming)

TENT, Yu Mei Newmarket, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland (Upcoming)

THE BIG THREE, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

SOMETHING BIG., P2 at the Auckland Art Fair and Tiffany & Co., Britomart, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

The Right Place? Auckland Art Fair, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

COMPROMISING POSITION., The Engine Room, Massey University, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Summer Selection, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


WHERE TO FROM HERE, Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Would you look at what goes up. Aerial banner tow funded by Wellington City Council as part of What Goes Up at City Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. July 25th

What Goes Up. City Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. November 2019 — April 2020

BEST WISHES. Uncomfortable Silence curated by Holly Best, Christchurch Art Gallery, Ōtautahi, Christchurch

A guide to effective implementation of self-service. Into the open curated by Emma Ng. New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


Big win., As part of The Future of Work., The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT AGAIN., Hobiennale, Tasmania

Moving Forward., First Draft, Sydney

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT., play_station, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

6m Inflatable plane model large airplane model for advertising/outdoor show/festival events. Bowerbank Ninow, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Better living, everyone., Blue Oyster, Ōtepoti, Dunedin

A guide to effective implementation of self-service. Auckland Live! Aotea Screen

All that is solid. Auckland Art Fair, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

It’s a big one. ONE. Jhana Millers, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

A guide to effective implementation of self- service. Home Movies curated by Mark Williams and Laura Duffy. Peoples Coffee, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


Don’t miss out., The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt

Human Resources. Elisabeth Pointon and Gwyn Easterbrook-Smith. Meanwhile Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

How to say something with fewer words. Objects without object. Group show. play_station, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

The Mood Machine. Satellites 2018

The Gates. Jhana Millers , Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

A guide to effective implementation of self-service as part of Worth your while with Dilohana Lekamge, curated by Laura Duffy. Masons Screen, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Special offer. Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland


The Welcoming Party Presents Warm Handover for R]iff Raff’s Telethon. Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington


The Welcoming Party Presents Complimentary Service | 2016 Performance Arcade, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

The Welcoming Party Presents Free Time. Meanwhile Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

Public Collections

Christchurch Art Gallery


Elisabeth Pointon’s Giant, Playful Text Works Challenge The Way We Understand Language, Viva magazine, March 2021. Read it here

SOMETHING BIG., HERE magazine, Simon Farrell-Green, No. 5, Summer 2021, pg 32

Elisabeth Pointon, Art Collector, Undiscovered issue 92, April–June 2020, pg 102–105

In talks with Pōneke-based artist, Elisabeth Pointon, Index magazine, September 2020. Read it here

Wellingtonians should watch the skies as artist’s aerial banner takes flight on Saturday, Stuff, Kate Green, June 2020. Read it here

The work of Elisabeth Pointon, Christchurch Art Gallery, Melanie Oliver. Watch it here

Text me, ArtZone, June 2020. Read it here

The testimonial, Circuit, Hamish Win, December 2019. Read it here

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT.: In Conversation with Elisabeth Pointon, HAINAMANA ASIAN NEW ZEALAND ART & CULTURE, Robbie Handcock, March 2019. Read it here

Worth your while: A conversation with Elisabeth Pointon, Dilohana Lekamge and Laura Duffy, Circuit, October 2018. Read it here

Representation and Humour in South Asian Aotearoa Art, Extended Conversations, Dilohana Lekamge. Read it here

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT. A Congratulatory Thing, Playstation, Robbie Handcock, 2019. Read it here

At the still point, Enjoy Public Art Gallery. Elisabeth Pointon, July 2016. Read it here