Who's HAnging at Scotts

Scotts Epicurean supports the local Hamilton arts scene by providing artist with a place to hang their work. The works can also be purchased at the cafe. Check in here to see who's hanging at Scotts and learn about the artist, then come on in for a great coffee and view the art on our walls.


Artists Profile

Diego Ribeiro

Intro In Brazilian popular culture, Careta is the name given to various kinds of masked characters participating in festivals happening along the period of carnival and catholic holidays. Rooted in African-Brazilian carnivalesque traditions, the origin of Caretas manifestations is unknown and multiple. Depending on who you ask, the costumes emerged as part of a African ritual to protect against the death spirit Iku, an attempt to connect with nature mystical entities and frighten european colonisers, part of a playful strategy to escape slavery in plantations, or an anonymous way to protest against racial and cultural oppression.

The Caretas which inspired this project are part of popular street festivals in some of Bahia small towns such as Muritiba and Acupe de Santo Amaro.

About the project
The project Careta, who are you? is an exploration in cultural representation and translation. Drawing from African-Brazilian popular culture and mythology, the characters emerge from aspects found in the Brazilian festivals which inspired the project: elements of playfulness, strangeness, mystical entities, and the blurred border between divine and profane celebration.

The costumes, made largely from donated, found, and second-hand materials coupled with symbolic objects from popular street markets in Brazil, were put together by craftwork reminiscent of techniques also used to make the costumes in Brazilian festivals.

Ingredients of traditional celebrations from Brazilian popular culture and carnival permeate the photographs but, in the most carnivalesque fashion, don’t aspire to be eaten alone. The Caretas also want to gather from the new to feed their traditions, blurring cultural borders and mixing representations to sneak into new imaginations.

Instagram: @diego_rb

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Chris Chivers

Chris Chivers work that is currently showing stands as part of his photographic series Flaneur. This series explores social norms through a filtered and distorted view of the urban environment captured entirely through the camera. The colourful nature of these images and the gradual softness of the distorted view.


Instagram: @chrischivers.photo

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Deearn Strawbridge

Waitapu is my Tupuna. She lived in Aotearoa well before it was colonised. She was a peace offering to my chief Te Rangiita (Ngati Tuwharetoa). This work is a play on a painting from 1840 (the year Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed) of Queen Victoria. It is a representation of bloodline, of the difficulty to connect to culture through the lens of a colonised society. It is my expression of loss, peace, desire for connection and the pursuit of knowledge, through the portrayal of wāhine toa.


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Ying Wang

The project“Untitled” is to restore an opposite case with exaggerated but gentle and silent effect on a usual scene of house plants. The “Plant” is portrayed like another type of decoration, and with entire atmosphere as metaphors quietly speaks the seemingly beautiful but troubling future.

Instagram: @the_yingwang

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Previous Artists


AHSIN AHSIN is an artist based in Hamilton Aoteroa NZ. Ahsin has exhibited largely throughout New Zealand in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, Auckland and Melbourne. He has an extensive list of commission work and has participated in international art initiatives including a series in India.

His works are vibrant and dynamic, influenced by 1980s-90s sci-fi films and street art with a variety of artistic and pop culture references. His imagination distills into fantastic creatures and sigils, graffiti marks and gestures suspended in hyperspace. He works his neo-pop style across a variety of surfaces that can be seen on the street in mural form and in galleries.

Discover Ashin Ashin at https://ahsinahsin.com

Mark Hamilton Photography

Mark is a born and bred Hamiltonian who first picked up a camera in his late 20s, a decade later and a career change found Mark studying photography and completing a BMA. He now has over thirty five years of experience and works from his studio base in Hamilton.

Photography has taken him to places he once would have never considered and into the lives of countless people from all around the world.

His approach to photography is driven by his curiosity of people, culture, and places. Atmosphere and emotion are key elements in his ability to conjure the unfathomable out of the commonplace and everyday.

What began as a hobby for him somehow morphed into a career that he enjoys to this day.

View Mark's work at www.markhamilton.nz

Craig McClure AKA Magic Darts

Visual Artist | Creative Director Born: Scotland, 1985 Arrived in New Zealand: 2007

Craig McClure is a Hamilton based artist and works from his studio at the Meteor Theatre. McClure’s work includes paintings and drawings, performance and installation as well as illustration, murals and zines. More recently McClure has been collaborating with local artists to create immersive artworks/installations where in addition to his paintings, there are soundscapes and lighting special effects; Plumbum 2019, Shadowlands, 2020, Mesoverse 2020.

Inspired by a childhood packed with American comic books and cartoons, art stopped and started between Saturday morning television and superheros. Craig McClure’s work today is an amalgamation of contemporary painting and comic book illustration. He makes bodies of new paintings and drawings in a non-theoretical manner in the studio, weaving experience and subconscious ideas into his mark making, treating the works as Rorschach tests until they reveal an end point compositionally or through narrative.

Repeated ideas and motifs are Influenced by technology, science-fiction, overheard conversation, social commentary, political observation and humour.

You can follow McClure AKA Magic Darts on Instagram @magic.darts or by visiting his website craigmcclure.com

Julia Christey

Julia is a contemporary Waikato artist.  She is interested in the intersection of art, science and the environment.  With  a deep connection to the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, she explores the fleeting impressions we gain when passing through the landscape.

‘To me, my work points at the reverence and affection we have for the environment but also the superficiality of engagement with it.  Through observation and circumspection I paint an internal landscape, which is based on a memory, sense of place and interaction with the environment.”

Julia is currently studying for her Master of Fine Art at Wintec.

View Julia's website:  www.juliachristey.com

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