Kirstin Carlin

Afternoon Sun

1st May –
1st Jun 2024

Thursday 2nd May, 5.30-7.30pm.  
Part of First Thursdays on Karangahape Rd.

ARTIST TALK: Saturday 25 May, 3pm 
(This will be in person at the gallery as well as live on Instagram for those outside of Tāmaki Makaurau)

Kirstin Carlin’s solo exhibition, "Afternoon Sun" brings together a new series of larger scale “invented” garden paintings created in her in highly developed visual shorthand - paintings with quick brushstrokes, vivid colours, and shifting perspectives which are visually rich and complex.

Embracing the changing nature of the garden, the paintings move from figuration to abstraction and include recurring motifs and loosely rendered flora that vibrate on the picture plane. Her use of one-of-a-kind colour and distinctive brush marks conjure up paintings history.

Carlin’s tactile paintings will sit atop loose flowing watercolour murals painted directly onto the gallery walls - a first for the artist - creating a dynamic and playful exhibition that also invites contemplation.


  1. May. 2024. Public Programmes | KIRSTIN CARLIN Artist Talk
  2. Apr. 2024. Studio Visit | Kirstin Carlin
  3. Mar. 2024. Kirstin Carlin, Veronica Herber and Claudia Jowitt | Abstraxt Abstraxt | Northart