Karin McCombe Jones was born and grew up in Wales, on the beautiful island of Anglesey. She has a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Dance with Art & Design from John Moores, Liverpool, England and a Diploma of Art & Creativity from The Learning Connexion, International School of Art & Creativity, Wellington, New Zealand.
Karin has lived and worked as a teacher of the Arts in England, Canada & New Zealand.
Whilst living in Canada she was part of the gallery 'Artique' in Powell River, British Columbia. In 2004 Karin and her family emigrated to New Zealand.
in 2011 Karin gave up full time teaching Art to study Art & Creativity and to focus upon her own work.
Recent Exhibition History
2022 Fishbowl Collective, Thistle Hall, Wellington & Woodville Whakahoa - New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington 2021 Ki tua atu- The Learning Connexion Alumni Exhibition, Hutt Arts Centre Pātāka Arts Trail, Open Studio, Porirua, Wellington Fishbowl Art Collective, Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington 2020 Pataka Art Awards 2020, Pataka Gallery & Museum, Porirua Fishbowl Collective Reunion Group Exhibition, Hutt Art Centre, Lower Hutt Protect & Colour Our Worlds....now! Huia Gallery, Hutt Art Centre, Lower Hutt 2019 Represented by The Art Shed, Crab Farm Winery, Napier, New Zealand Friends of Pataka Arts Trail, March, Pataka Art Awards August, Pataka Gallery & Museum, Porirua 2018 Peoples Choice Award Winner Finalist Wellington Regional Arts Review 2018, Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt Fishbowl Creative Pop-Up, Naenae, Wellington July-October Pataka -Friends of Pataka Exhibition , Porirua, New Zealand Mans Best Friend, Helium Gallery, Rotorua, New Zealand Summer Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Art, Wellington, 2017 Represented by Waihi Beach Gallery, Waihi, New Zealand Botanica Fantastica, Gallery Patea, Taranaki Spring & Winter Exhibitions, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ, Open Studio The Ucheldre Arts Centre, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, U.K Easter Weekend April Anglesey Arts Weeks Exhibitions Holyhead & Beaumaris, Wales, 23rd. March - April 22nd. SOLO Exhibition Colourful Expressions, Jan 4th. - Feb 8th. The Art Lounge, NZ Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand
Not so recent EXHIBITION HISTORY 2016 GUEST EXHIBITOR - 46th. Pinehaven Arts & Craft, Wellington, September Serendipity 2, Seven women artists, Odlin Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington, 2D or NOT 2D, Odlin Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington, 2015 Reflections, Alpha Gallery & Studios, Wellington, November Home is Where the Art is, Thistle Hall, Cuba Street, Wellington, April Serendipity, Seven women artists, Odlin Gallery, Lower Hutt, Wellington, April
2014 New Zealand Sculpture on the Shore, Takapuna Fort, Auckland, November Franklin Arts Festival, Auckland, September 'Chasing The Dream ' Amnesty International Touring Exhibition, Art Depot, Devonport, Auckland , Waikato Museum, & Matchbox Studios, Wellington March
2013 Annual Exhibition, New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, NZ, December - January 24th. 2014 Emerging Light Gallery, Plimmerton December - January 2014 'Transform' 3D Exhibition, The Learning Connexion, November 3rd. Annual Wellington Emerging Artist Awards Finalist, November 7th - 15th. 'Works on PAPER' New Zealand Academy of Fine Art, Queens Wharf, Wellington, October 5th.- 28th. Foyer Artist at NZ Art Show 2013, TSB Arena, Wellington End of Term Student Art Exhibitions, The Learning Connexion, Wellington 2013 & 2012 Pint Sized 3D Exhibition, The Learning Connexion, Wellington, March Festival of the Elements, Sculpture Competition, Porirua, Wellington, February Choral Box Mural Artist - 2 boxes Upper Hutt, January 2012. Steampunk & Time Travel Exhibition, Artrium Gallery, 11th.October - 6th. November 2nd. Annual Wellington Emerging Artist Award Finalist. October 'Second Time Around' Exhibition, Matchbox Studios, Wellington September 'Portrait' group exhibition Matchbox Studios, Cuba Street, Wellington, August 'Un- wine-d' 'Box Art, Pataka Museum & Gallery, Porirua, Wellington NZ Art Show, TSB Arena, Wellington
2008 Vector Gallery, Expressions, Upper Hutt, New Zealand 2005 New Zealand Affordable Art Show, Wellington, New Zealand 2004 - 2015 Pinehaven Arts & Craft Annual Exhibition 2002-2004 Member of a co-operative gallery 'ARTIQUE', Powell River, British Columbia, Canada 2004 Three paintings selected for ' Flower Power' exhibition at Old School House Gallery, Qualicum, Vancouver Island, Canada 2003 Arnold Mikelson Arts Festival, White Rock, British Columbia (juried) Canada 2003 Holtenwood Gallery, Texada Island, British Columbia, Canada 2002 Art in the Park Festival, Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Students working on Tawhai Primary School Mural Project I led in beginning of 2014. Completed mural sits on fence at entrance of school in Stokes Valley, Wellington, NZ. Over 17.1 metres in length. Each design incorporates the number of people living in the art extension students homes depicted in shapes and it uses the family members favourite colours. Other designs represent classes, their favourite shapes and numbers of students in the room. Silhouettes are life size and where drawn around some of the art extension students involved in project.
Competing in the 'Festival of The Elements' on Waitangi Day, 2013 Porirua, New Zealand
Remit: To create a sculpture incorporating element 'Air' from trash supplies laid out first thing in the morning. Eight hours later sculptures were judged by Michael Tuffery.