About Craig Primrose QSM

Born in Auckland New Zealand in 1956, Craig is one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists, known throughout the world for his skilful portraiture, sporting imagery and stunning landscapes.

His skill in portraiture has led him to being commissioned to paint Sir Edmund Hillary, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 and subsequently was appointed as Sir Edmund’s preferred artist.

With a passion for sport Craig has produced many works portraying some of the worlds greatest sports teams and superstars. These include Americas Cup yachting, Formula One motorsport including Ferrari, McLaren and Jaguar, the All Blacks, Colin Meads, the late Sir Peter Blake, Pete Sampras, Andre Aggasi and Jack Nicholas to name but a few.

Craig has produced artworks representing Manchester United along with several other European football teams and has painted a stunning oil of International Player of the Century – football legend, Pele.

Craig is also well know for his landscapes and has an amazing ability to capture the magnificence of the Southern Alps to the NZ coastline influenced by the changing nature of the weather and atmospheric conditions. One might say his work falls into the realms contemporary realism.

Craig only works with oils on teak stretched Belgium linen.

His works are with collectors throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and America and currently available through selected galleries in New Zealand.

In 2010 Craig was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II the Queen's Service Medal for his contribution to the arts.

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