Megan Archer

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


My painting practice is concerned with the intersection of digital processes and traditional art-making techniques, playfully connecting digital and analog methods of production to draw upon the collective nostalgia so prevalent in today’s technology-saturated world.

My process begins with the collaging of naked bodies sourced from books, magazines or the internet, which are then digitally morphed, cut and layered in Photoshop into near-abstract forms. I then paint the resulting images in oil on canvas.

The source images are taken from internet pornography or erotic massage books and are often quite sexually explicit. After the extreme distortions these images undergo and the elimination of all contextual detail, they become mostly desexualised, shifting the focus from titillation to aesthetic contemplation.

I make these manipulations very apparent in my paintings, highlighting the way I have digitally altered the source imagery to produce something entirely new. The final painted pieces give a physicality and intentionality to these modifications, making something permanent and tangible out of the ephemeral, converting pixels to paint.

In this way, my work embodies a comforting return of the contemporary to the traditional as I utilise modern technologies and digitised modes of creation in my process, before translating this distinctly contemporary visual language into a more classical medium, executing the final artwork using conventional oil on canvas.


  • Education
  • 2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Arts - Painting - Ilam School of Fine Arts - Christchurch - NZ
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2020
  • IN THE FLESH - Corban Estate Arts Centre - Auckland - NZ
  • SOLO SHOW - {Suite} Gallery - Wellington - NZ
  • 2018 
  • Retrolution - MZ Project Room Maia Zinc - Berlin - DE
  • Megan Archer Solo Show - Green Hill Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2010
  • Cat Show - Old Jonathan Smart Gallery - Christchurch - NZ
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2020
  • The Weight of Flesh - Studio One Toi Tū - Auckland - NZ
  • 2019
  • NO EXIT - Tinning Street Presents - Melbourne - AU
  • 2018
  • Sweet 'Art Presents: Unspoken - Stash Gallery - London - UK
  • 2017
  • 30 Contemporary Artists by Enter Art Foundation - Multipolster - Berlin - DE
  • 2016 
  • Contours - Berlin Blue Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • Lick Her Lecker - Pony Royal - Berlin - DE
  • Liberating The Female Spirit - Fellini Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • 2015
  • Emerging Arttists VOL. 2 - Berlin Blue Gallery - Berlin - DE
  • Awards
  • 2019 Finalist - Molly Morpeth Canaday Award
  • 2019 Finalist - New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award

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Works by Megan Archer