Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Wayne Youle’s diverse practice is underpinned by his bicultural heritage (Nga Puhi, Ngati Whakaeke, Ngati Pakeha) and background studies in design. Working comfortably across a wide variety of media, Youle’s works, whether collage, painting, mural or sculpture, reflect a fascination with the visual language of popular culture, and a questioning of how history and identity is written.

Youle has exhibited regularly since graduating from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1999. His work has been the subject of several individual museum shows and has been included in significant curated exhibitions including If you were to live here… 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013. In 2012 Youle undertook a residency at Sydney’s Artspace in which he met with Aboriginal elders, immersed himself in local history and produced work utilising archival imagery.

His work is held in numerous public collections across his native New Zealand, including Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch, the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, and James Wallace Arts Trust, New Zealand, Auckland.

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