Born 1976, Christchurch (NZ). Lives and works in Auckland (NZ)
Dan Arps’ installations, sculptures, and paintings fuse architecture, public space, and nomadic structures to expand and reflect upon modernist traditions of abstraction, alienation, and the everyday. His work explores and responds to the contemporary urban environment and its related subjectivities.
Arps gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch in 2000. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland in 2006 followed by a Doctor of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2010 he was awarded Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier contemporary art award, the Walter’s Prize, for his exhibition Explaining Things by international judge Vicente Todolí. Arps has exhibited extensively in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, as well as taking part in multiple international projects.
Selected recent solo exhibitions include: Parallel Universe, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2022); Sleepers, Robert Heald, Wellington (2021); The New Brutal, Disneyland Paris, Melbourne (2021) and The Floral Maze, Michael Lett, Auckland (2021). Work by Arps has also been included in the group presentations: Walls to Live Beside, Rooms to Own: The Chartwell Show, Auckland Art Gallery Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2022-2023); Dungeon and Meadow, Melbourne (2021) ALIVE INSIDE, Neon Parc, Melbourne (2021); Encapsulated, Caves, Melbourne (2021); Abject Failures, Hastings City Art Gallery (2018); Space Suit, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2018); Necessary Distraction: A painting show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2015); Local Knowledge, the Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (2011) and the Sao Paolo Biennale (2004).