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Joshua Bashford, born in 1989 of Pakeha and Samoan descent, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the University of Canterbury in 2012. He currently resides and works near Little River, drawing inspiration from the region for many of the motifs in his artwork, including the river, roads, fish, people, and hawks.

Bashford was mentored by the noted NZ-Pacific artist Fatu Feu’u, whom he met when Feu’u was Artist in Residence at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in 2011. They have since exhibited together in Canterbury, Apia (Samoa) as part of the Return to Hawaiiki visiting artists program, and in 2013 at The Diversion Gallery in Picton. Bashford's work often employs printmaking techniques such as woodcuts, sometimes on a large scale, although he also produces single monoprints on canvas of these complex works.

His work has been exhibited in Nelson, Christchurch, Blenheim, Auckland, Melbourne, and Samoa, and is included in numerous private collections. Bashford is noted for establishing a very original and distinctive style, making him a young artist to watch in the future.

2011: Tin Palace art exhibition, Lyttelton

2012: Columbo Mall exhibition

2012: Return to Hawaiiki in Samoa, six selected artists

2012: "Island Brothers" with Fatu Feu’u, Little River Gallery

2012: Postgrad submission show at Papergraphica

2013: Exhibition with Fatu Feu’u, Diversion Gallery Picton

2014: "Sole Extraction" at Little River Gallery

2014: "New Ground" Chambers Gallery Christchurch

2014: Diversion Gallery, Picton, NZ

2014: Kings College Art sale

2015: "Pacific Generation" exhibition at Bashfords Antiques with Fatu Feu’u

2016: Baradene College Auckland art sale

2016: Mt Albert Grammar art sale

2016: "Pacific Generation 2" exhibition at Bashford Antiques with Fatu Feu’u

2016: New woodcuts, PG Gallery Christchurch

2016: "Last Judgement" group show, PG Gallery Christchurch

2016: "Call of the Sea" group show, Kereru Gallery Nelson

2016: Ponsonby Central pop-up exhibition

2016: Wallace Awards finalist work on show at Pa Homestead Auckland

2017: "Home Sea and Between," Little River Gallery

2017: Group show, Kereru Gallery Nelson

2017: Show with Fatu Feu’u at the University of Samoa

2018: Mt Albert Grammar Art sale

2018: "The Cutting Edge," show with Barry Cleavin, Diversion Gallery Picton

2018: With Llew Summers, Rebecca Harris, Jason Ware, Matt Akehurst, Chambers Art Gallery ChCh

2019: With Ben Reid and Sue Cooke, Chambers Art Gallery ChCh

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