Artists | John Penman

“Growing up between Aotearoa and Hong Kong, my practice has been influenced by the exotic tropical colours of the Far East, and the rugged natural beauty of Aotearoa.” - John Penman

John Penman grew up in Hong Kong, studied Sculpture in the USA at Rhode Island School of Design - majoring in Glass, and has been running his own studio in Auckland, New Zealand since 1996.

His work has been exhibited worldwide, and can be found in private as well as in permanent public collections in New Zealand and overseas.

His work presents a unique meeting point for Italian glass-blowing techniques, Chinese design influences, and pure Pacific flavour.


Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
Ko Hokianga te moana
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngapuhi te iwi

My Mountain is Maungataniwha
My River is Hokianga
My Canoe is Ngatokimatawhaorua
My Tribe is Ngapuhi

John Penman, 2017