The Sitting – Season 1

In the two series that it ran I interviewed and painted some of New Zealand’s most well known citizens. From super Mayor’s, All Black coach, musicians, actors, politicians & fellow artists, SMW engages each sitter in a light and comfortable setting, yet able to extract heartfelt and deeply personal stories from each sitter.

At the end of each show the sitter has their portrait revealed in a unedited fashion as to capture the true response on seeing themselves in the painted form. At the end of each series all works were auctioned off for Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland raising over 130,000.00.

Following this all works plus another 20 selected private works were shown at the opening of the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. And over the six weeks that the show was on, over 16000 people saw the exhibition, Not bad for a milkman who taught himself to paint.

The Sitting is a series of short ‘portrait’ shows celebrating well known New Zealanders and revealing little known facts about these people we think we know so well. A famous New Zealander from the world of the arts or the media is invited to The Sitting.

Episode 01

Kevin Milne.










Episode 02

Sunday Holiday










Episode 03

Jan Maree










Episode 04

Finlay Mcdonald










Episode 05

Jacob Rajan










Episode 06

Tiki Taane










Episode 07

Pam Corkery










Episode 08

Michelle Ang










Episode 09

Iain Stables










Episode 10

Buckwheat










Episode 11

Ian Mune










Episode 12

Mike Hosking










Episode 13

Sima Urale










Episode 14

Suzanne Paul










Episode 15

Luke Thompson










Episode 16

Russell Brown










Episode 17

Tau Manukia










Episode 18

Lucy Lawless