Megan Archer

b 1988 Dunedin, New Zealand. Lives and works in Berlin.


Megan is a painter, illustrator and collage artist originally from Wellington, New Zealand. Much of her work takes elements of the classical depiction of human subjects and subverts it in a way that moves it away from traditional portraiture, giving it complexity and depth as the figures emerge from the painted surface in varying stages of completeness. The negative space plays almost as strong a role as the figures themselves as contextual details such as setting, and in many cases even the clothes and hair of her subjects are swallowed up by abstract passages of colour.

In her current body of work she is focusing on ways to combine her previously quite separate practices of collage and painting as well as incorporating the use of digital editing programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, which have become such an increasingly huge part of digital-era art. Although the finished product is created solely through traditional oil painting techniques, the end result shows evidence of every step of the process, the original collage, the digital manipulation, and the final unifying physicality of the painted surface.


  • 2007 – 2010, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Upcoming Solo Show of Collages, Green Hill Gallery, Berlin, Germany (July 13 - Aug 6 2017)
  • 2016 Christmas Group Show, Oslo Kaffebar Artspace, Berlin, Germany (Dec 2 2016 - Jan 2 2017)
  • CONTOURS, Berlin Blue Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Nov 4 - 9, 2016), with Timothy Armstrong
  • LICK HER LECKER, Pony Royal, Berlin, Germany (Sep 16 - 25, 2016), with David Jack
  • Liberating the Female Spirit, FELLINI Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Jul 28-  Oct 12, 2016), Group Show
  • 2015 Emerging Artists, Vol. 2, Berlin Blue Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Nov 20 -27, 2015), Group Show
  • 2010 CAT SHOW, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand. (Oct 11 - 18, 2010), Solo Show

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