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Peter Jean Caley has been acclaimed by many
International Art Authorities as a MASTER Artist.As an
artist specialising in Colour he is very diverse with his
subject matter,he paints
Who is Peter Jean
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Peter Jean Caley was invited to
exhibit at the 2003
Biennale in
Peter Jean Caley on the far side
Mickey Mouse during USA tour
Art Database
International Arts and Craft Exhibition 2005 held at the Grand
Hyatt Hotel Conference Center
Seen above with NZ Ambassador to the Middle
East Hon Jim Howell
with the Minister of
Culture H.E.Mohammed Al Murr.
History of exhibitions and Events
2001-Volvo around the World Yachting Race.
Exhibition of Yacht paintings, held at the National Maritime
Museum,Viaduct Auckland New Zealand. Opened by the Associate
Minister of Culture & Heritage Hon.Judith Tizard

2002- Gallery opened in Otira, Southern Alps,West Coast.
Opened by West Coast MP Hon.Damien O`Connor standing in for
the Minister of Arts RT.Hon. Helen Clark who was in S.Africa on the

2003- Exhibition at Nga-Hau-E-Wha Christchurch. Attended by the
Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu

2004- opening of Gallery in Geraldine South Canterbury.Function
attended by Minister for Trade & Industry Hon.Jim Anderton

2005-Exhibition at the International Art &Craft Expo held at the
Grand Hyatt Hotel Conference Center Dubai,UAE.
Opened by the Minister of Culture His Excellency Mohammed Al
Murr, attended by New Zealand Ambassador Hon.Jim Howell
Greymouth Evening Star
September 2 2002


Around 200 people turned out for the opening of the Peter Caley Art
West Coast/Tasman MP Damien O`Connor cut the ribbon after a
Powhiri from a large group of Katiwaewae and Makaawhio
Runanga members and a welcome from Westland Mayor John
In applauding the initiative Mr O`Connor said he expected the
gallery venture to turn  around the paradigm that people had to
move north to progress. Otira was the gateway to the West Coast
and the gallery was well positioned on a tourist route and as part of
“ innovative little community”.
It was Mr Caley`s dream to be part of the West Coast and to make it
his home and it was good to see the dream realised,Mr Drylie said.
“I was here last year as a tourist and now I am here for the long
haul”. Mr Caley said.
People stepped into a transformed hall that smelt of fresh paint
and boasted displays of talented West Coast art and craft people. A
separate gallery was devoted to Maori expertly painted in the style
of the Old Masters.
Mr Caley is pictured with his favourite painting, commissioned by
the family of the portrayed Ko Mauria after she died in 1972 at the
unconfirmed age of 110.”Her greatest wish was that all Maori and
all people should live as one.” Mr Caley said.
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Peter Jean Caley
Born in Aotearoa ( New Zealand  )
Iwi ( Tribe ) Waitaha - Kati Maamoe - Kati Huirapa - Kai Tahu
Inspirational Realist:
Medium Oil (mussini) on stretched linen canvas:
Peter has had a love of painting since childhood and showed this from the age of 2 years. He kept a book of
Salvador Dali tucked under his pillow from this early age.
At the age of 14 painted in oil a portrait that still hangs in the Family. Inspired by both his Father and
Grandfather who both painted, His Father John , after an accident took art up full time as a painter when
Peter was thirteen, with his encouragement peter has pursued it full time to this very day.
Declared himself professional artist in
1988 although the only thing that changed was it was more official.
Peter Jean Caley has evolved a very unique technique and his work is entirely freehand.  He enjoys the
challenge of large scale works and has a style that could only be described as inspirational realism.  
Developing his delicate use of colour and brush technique he has spent many years con
centrating on wild
life studies and portraits.

Until recently Peter was mostly an independent artist, selling paintings from his studio with commissions
making up a large part of his work.  He has been featured in many newspaper articles and has appeared in
numerous television programme's  throughout his career.
His art has always sold out and usually only by order can paintings be acquired, he now has paintings in
collections in many many countries.
On returning to New Zealand in 1997 from many years in Australia he was sponsored to paint a New
Zealand native and cultural exhibition.
Artist Statement
My Art is my life- it has been the only real passion. My early dreams to master Colour and expression have
driven my need to paint. Realising we will never master it but will enjoy its journey. Remember once looking
to the heavens and saying " What is the use of an artist" " What real service to they provide"? Well it struck
me, If an artist can just take you ( the viewer) into your inner being- out of the conscious to the very soul
and essence for just 30 seconds, then a miracle has occurred. In my art the soul is important, the thought -
feeling and depth that the subject emits surpasses its first and obvious impact to the eye. A real integrity
emerges from the subject and a thousand words and emotions pass through to the viewer.
It is an honour to serve the canvas and the people and will cherish this all the days of my life and will stay
committed to the finest work that I can achieve through my faith and ever learning the art. Will continue to
Art Training:
Western Australia Art School 1974/75
Individual studies of old masters and techniques.
Lee West , Auckland
Workshop with Clifton Pugh in Australia.
Various courses through schools and professional artists

Paddington Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Toowoomba Art Gallery
, Queensland, Australia.
Mirage Resort, Gold Coast ,Australia invitation artist..
Burnett Art Gallery, Kingaroy Australia, joint exhibition with John Spies.
Te Maori Art Gallery, Rotorua,New Zealand, 21 paintings in solo exhibition.
Television New Zealand Atrium, Auckland New Zealand, 22 paintings in solo exhibition.
Maritime Museum-Auckland: oil painting of Americas Cup Yacht NZL60 ;7 ft by 5 ft; Permanent display
The Arthouse, Christchurch, ‘Expressions of Realism’ 2001, group show.
New Zealand's National Maritime Museum: Oil Paintings of the Volvo Around the World Race fleet
Caley Art Gallery Otira
Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Christchurch New Zealand
Florence Biennale Italy
December 2003 -Paintings Entered Wairua Tangata & Takahe
Peter Now has his own Gallery in
Geraldine where a large private collection of his work is on Permanent
Grand Hyatt International Art Show- Dubai UAE 1st international art and craft show
Ambiente Arabia held at the World Trade centre-Dubai-UAE
Te Papa New Zealand National Museum
( June 2005) Toi Iho exhibit
Feature Artist West Melton
Art Show      (feb 2006)
Feature Artist Riversdale Art Show         July
NZ Prime Minister Rt.Hon.Helen Clark
Witarina Harris
Peter Jean Caley
At Rotorua Energy Events Centre
Sir Howard Morrison, Peter Jean Caley
Her Worship Janie Annear,Mayor of Timaru
Hon.Sir Howard Morrison
Opening new Gallery 2 June 2007
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all Maori Portraits painted by Peter Jean Caley are original
composition in no way been copied from any other artist
Art Prints