Josh Bashford (b. 1989) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honours from the University of Canterbury in 2012. Since graduating, Josh has been working as a full-time artist in his home studio in Little River, exhibiting regularly in both solo and group shows.
Josh’s vast woodblock prints are intricately carved and feature diverse motifs. He frequently employs a monochrome or limited colour palette which highlights the patterned nature of his works. Of mixed Palagi and Samoan heritage, Josh’s work is informed by both his Christian faith and his culture and connection to Samoa.
Josh also often explores subject matter found in his local Little River environment, including birds, fish, and land and sea forms. Josh says “My work is heavily inspired by the landscapes I pass through, especially around the waters of Lake Forsyth and Ellesmere. I have grown up around these lakes, fishing in the local river, and have spend hours waiting, watching the changes of light and movement, miles away in thought.”
Josh’s work has been displayed in several galleries throughout New Zealand and is included in numerous private collections, and in 2016, he was a finalist in the prestigious Wallace awards.