Nicki Stewart

Trained in  Interior and Textile Design, Nicki has been painting since 1998. Her chosen medium is encaustic (beeswax and damar resin).

Encaustic is an ancient and enduring technique predating oil painting and was used by the Egyptians to decorate their sarcophagi.

Nicki began using encaustic from an ethical need to find an organic and sustainable medium.

The practice of working in  hot wax presents the exciting yet demanding challenge of the constant metamorphosis of the medium via the heating and cooling process.

The multiple layering creates an enigmatic depth and translucency in the work, a luminosity not available through other mediums.

The chosen material and process itself play significant roles in the metaphoric formulation of the work. The evolving vocabulary sometimes blatant or often hidden in the works are clues that give deeper meaning to the content calling the viewer to question their own ethics or values.

Recent works have seen a move toward installation, a textile community project, ceramics, and the application of textiles in a 3D encaustic context.

Nicki currently works from her studio in the South Wairarapa and runs workshops throughout the North Island.


2001 – Morpeth Canaday Award  – ‘Best Landscape’

2001 – Telecom Art Awards – Finalist (BOP)

2002 – Franklin Art Awards  – ‘Contemporary Art Prize’

2011 – Wairarapa Review  – ‘Highly Commended Award’

2013 –  Auckland Easter Show  – ‘Merit Award – Small Works’

2015 – Parkin Drawing Prize – Finalist

2016 – Paraparaumu Rotary Exhibition – ‘Best Abstract’

2011/13/15/17 – Wairarapa Review – Finalist

2012/14/16/18 – Wellington Review – Finalist


2014/17 – Lochmara Lodge (Marlborough)

2015 – Earthskin (Muriwai)

2016 – Perrin Cottage (Muriwai)

Works available at

Parnell Gallery – Auckland

Art Bureau – Auckland

Ora Gallery – Wellington

NZ Academy of Fine Art – Wellington

Artel Gallery – Waikanae

Kotare Gallery – Greytown

Con Art – Masterton



2011    ‘Moonlight and Magic’ – Greytown

2011     Brackenridge Spa Gallery – Martinborough

2012    ‘HOT STUFF’ – Cafe Deluxe, Wellington

2012    ‘Wax Works’ – Café Baobab, Wellington

2014    ’50 Shades of Green’ – Lochmara Lodge, Marlborough

2014    ‘Explorations’ – Village Art Shop, Greytown

2014    ‘Remember to Remember’ – Aratoi Museum of Art and History, Masterton

2015     Expressions Arts and Entertainment Ctre, U. Hutt

2015     Carterton Events Centre

2015     Featherston Kiwi Hall


2009-2018         NZ Art Show

2012/16/18        Artbourne – Wellesley, Eastbourne

2013                    Original Art Show, Auckland

2013/15              Timaru Plunket Show

2013                    Bijou Eliot Design, New Plymouth

2013                    Artrove, Wellington

2013-2018          Wai Art Show, Carterton

2014/15                Life Education Trust, Wellington

2014                     Anderson Park, Southland

2015                     Martinborough Contemporary Art Auction

2015                     Nelson Expo

2015                     Parkin Prize, Wellington

2015-18               Napier Girls High School

2016/18              St. Patrick’s High School, Wellington

2011/13/15/17   Wairarapa Review

2017                     Peters Doig, Marlborough

2014-16               NZAFA, Wellington

2012/14/16/18   Wellington Regional Review