Karley Feaver

Karley Feaver

Auckland, New Zealand

About Karley Feaver

Karley Feaver (born 1978, New Plymouth) studied at Wellington School of Design (Industrial Design) and at Unitec (3D design).

Karley Feaver’s art transports you into a world of exotic creatures filled with odd familiarities and strangeness. Using the animal form as a symbol of escape, freedom and migration, her works are not a creation of total imagination, but a projection of reality in an absurd form.

Karley’s work challenges the common aversion towards taxidermy in the home by introducing abstract forms that blur the lines between traditional taxidermy and modern sculpture. The works intend to break morbid perceptions of taxidermy and replace them with more life-affirming connections.
Karley works across a range of disciplines including painting, sculpture and taxidermy.

Karley's works are held in the James Wallace Arts Trust collection, Westpac New Zealand's corporate collection and in private collections in the UK, USA, Australia, Russia, Switzerland and New Zealand.


Awards and Education

2009 to 2013 - Docent at the McCahon House
2009 - Professional Arts Development with Artsbiz and Artstation
2009 - Experimental Painting with Peter Gibson Smith
1999 - Unitec – Bachelor of Design, 3D Design
1997 to 1999 - Wellington Design School, Victoria University, Bachelor of Design, Industrial Design



Aug 2020 - The Messengers, 12Gallery Auckland
Dec 2019 - Under My Skin, Allpress Gallery Auckland
Sept 2019 - The Art of Death, Highwic House Auckland
July 2013 - Becoming Otherwise, Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
October 2012 - Creaturely Wonders, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
August 2011 - TARRED & feathered, (2 person) – Pop-up gallery, Auckland
July 2010 - Interviews with Escapists, The Depot Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Selected Group Shows

2021 - Kings College Art Show, Auckland
2020 - Kings College Art Show, Auckland
2019 - Kings College Art Show, Auckland
2019 - Baradene Art Show, Auckland
2019 - Art for Good, Auckland
June 2015 - Beauty of The Beast, Dudok Arnhem
May 2015 - Flock, Lotusland California
June 2013 - Kohia Terrace School Art Show, Auckland, NZ
February 2013 - Remake: Emerging Artists, The Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ
June 2012 - Kohia Terrace School Art Show, Auckland, NZ
February 2012 - Pop up show, Wine Country Gallery at Birdwoods Gallery, Hawkes Bay, NZ
December 2011 - Winterland, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, NZ
November 2011 - The Doll Show, Mount Marua Gallery, Wellington, NZ
August 2011 - Encountering Place, Art in Embassies; United States Ambassador’s Residence, Wellington, NZ
May 2011 - Baradene College Art Show, Auckland, NZ
December 2010 - First Thursday’s, Te Karanga Gallery, Auckland, NZ
November 2010 - Wine Country Gallery at Blue Moon, Hawkes Bay, NZ
November 2010 - LeSA Gallery, Small Works Show, Wellington, NZ
July 2010 - LeSA Gallery, Open Narratives / New Paintings, Wellington, NZ
May 2010 - Baradene College 21st Art Show, Auckland, NZ
May 2010 - Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition, Auckland, NZ
May 2010 - LeSA Gallery, Works in the stock room, Wellington, NZ
October 2009 - Satellite Gallery, Escape Fantasies – selection of sculptures in the cabinets, Auckland, NZ


2013 - The Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland, New Zealand
2013 - Westpac New Zealand Corporate collection, Auckland. Acquisition of 2 works.