Artiface: Artists’ Portraits in Prints

14 October 2005 - 5 February 2006


Artiface: Artists’ Portraits in Prints, the third exhibition co-ordinated by David Maskill with Art History Honours students, explored portraiture in prints throughout the history of the print.

Portraiture is one of the ‘hot topics’ in contemporary art practice, especially photography. Artists are questioning notions of identity and likeness in a medium with an inherent potential for manipulation and distortion. This is not a new phenomena and this exhibition aimed to explore the artist’s portrait in print from the beginnings of European printmaking in the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

The exhibition included a selection of work from the collections of Te Papa Tongarewa Musuem of New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery and a number of private collections, featuring works by Cezanne, Durer, Manet, van Dyck, Tuffery, and Picasso.

Importantly, this exhibition was an opportunity for Victoria University of Wellington Art History Honours students to gain practical curatorial and applied research skills in the development of an exhibition.


A catalogue, comprising essays by each of the students involved in the project and exhibition curator David Maskill, was published in conjunction with the exhibition. The students also gave lectures about their involvement in the project. The catalogue is available for purchase here