Terry Stringer

b. 1945

Also known as:

  • Terry Robin George Stringer

Terry Stringer was born in Cornwall, England, and moved to Aotearoa at an early age. He graduated from the University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts in 1967, where he was influenced by Greer Twiss.

Working predominately in bronze, most of Stringer’s sculptures depict figures and still-life subjects where the form demonstrates distortion, faceting and juxtaposition following a cubist tradition.

He has received several public commissions throughout Aotearoa including 'The Risen Christ' (for Cathedral Square Christchurch), 'Grand Head' (Wellington) and 'Mountain Fountain' (originally for Aotea Square Auckland, now at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell).

Throughout his career Stringer has exhibited extensively locally and abroad. His work is represented in major public collections, including the Auckland and Christchurch Art Galleries, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Stringer was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Scholarship four times in 1977, 1981, 1982 and 1986. His contribution to New Zealand was acknowledged in 2003, when he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to sculpture.

See also:

Terry Stringer, ‘Mountain Fountain’ (1981), Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2020