Art & Screen Prints
Daniel Kirsch's interest in art and print making began at university when training to be a designer some 25 years ago in his native Berlin. He operated his own graphic studio and worked in the design department of leading German theater and opera houses. In 2000 he left a busy city lifestyle behind and set sail for New Zealand shores aboard a container waka (ship) to visit family and eventually installed himself on a farm near Coromandel, where he now lives and works.
Spending a good amount of time in the outdoors tramping, backpack camping, kayaking and cycling, Daniel fostered a close relationship with the natural world around him. He enjoys the fact that we have two main cultural traditions in New Zealand which are both very present in Coromandel. As an ‘outsider’ Kirsch has immensely valued the opportunity to study te reo and tikanga and begin to explore some of the richness of Maori language and culture.
Both his urban and German background give him different opportunities than if he had always lived in rural NZ. In fact, this informs a lot of Daniel’s work and provides a different angle of looking at things. While visitors and tourists also resonate with Daniel’s art it is really mostly Kiwis with a personal cultural connection that click with the work on a deeper level and appreciate the NZ specific subtleties there in.
Over time Daniel’s work has taken him into a variety of media, beginning with ink drawings combined with print, and now incorporating photographic images, typography/words and screen print on paper and wood as well as found materials like old boards and panels from vehicles abandoned in the bush. Among tons of other interesting things you’re bound to see some bees in all the create buzz at Daniel’s fun studio, just 5 minutes south of Coromandel town on a farm by the main highway.