Born 1982, Matamata, New Zealand


Lives & works in Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand

Paul Darragh is an artist & designer based in Mt. Maunganui, NZ. He uses acrylic, house paint, spray paint and airbrush techniques on medium to large format canvas. Darragh's work is abstract and graphic in sensibility. He uses flat colour to precisely render shapes and icons and manipulates depth
through the use of airbrush shadows and pattern. Conceptual inspiration is found in global current events and cultural movements such as Machine Learning, Covid-19 and the rise of misinformation online.

Darragh exhibits locally, nationally and internationally and has established a full time arts practice since 2016. He has achieved consistent sales of his work through national exhibitions and international art fairs. Darragh was selected as a finalist in the N.Z Painting and Printmaking Award in 2019 and the Adam Portraiture Award 2020. 

Prior to his transition to a full time painter in 2016, he had achieved a high level of success as a creative director, art director and designer across many facets of the graphic design industry. Darragh spent ten years living and working in New York City where he established his own design studio and gallery space (Manhattan Born) and worked on projects with many notable individuals, companies and institutions including Rihanna, Nike, IBM and
The New York Times.

Darragh continues to contribute design for the motion graphics industry in the United States and beyond. 


2003: Diploma of Computer Graphic Design, Natcol (Yoobee College), Wellington, NZ

2002: Bachelor of Design (2 years) Massey University, Wellington, NZ

2000: Bachelor of Mediarts (1 year) Wintec, Hamilton, NZ

Selected Exhibitions, Collections & Commissions

July 2021: Defending Plurality (Group Show) Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ


July 2021: Fine Lines (Group Show) Space Studios & Gallery, Whanganui, NZ

June 2021: Innovating Streets (Street Mural) Ward St. Hamilton, NZ

May 2021: Out Of Shape (Solo Exhibition) Monster Valley, Auckland, NZ

May 2021: Treasured Art (Group Show) Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ

January 2021: Reach & Engagement (Solo Exhibition) Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

December 2020: Flip! (Group Show) Grant Jack Studio, Cambridge, NZ

October 2020: Organic Mechanic (Solo Exhibition) Space Studios & Gallery, Whanganui, NZ

April 2020: Artificial Intelligence (Solo Exhibition) Neon Parlour, Melbourne, Australia (Virtual exhibition due to COVID-19)

March 2020: Gettin’ There (Solo Exhibition) The Incubator, Tauranga, NZ

February 2020: Adam Portraiture Award 2020, (Group Exhibition) Finalist, NZ Portrait Gallery, Wellington, NZ

December 2019: Aqua Art Miami 2019, Represented with Alessandro Berni Gallery, Miami, FL, U.S.A

October 2019: Clio Independent Art Fair (Solo Booth) New York, N.Y. U.S.A

July 2019: Goodbye Earth (Solo Exhibition) Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

May 2019: The Other Art Fair (Solo Booth) Melbourne, Australia

February 2019 New Zealand Painting & Print Making Award 2019, (Group Exhibition) Finalist, WINTEC, Hamilton, NZ

November 2018: Fresh Produce (Group Exhibition) Red Bull HQ, Auckland, NZ

October 2018: Time & Space (Collection) Matamata, NZ

June 2018: Game Of Life (Solo Exhibition) Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton, NZ

October 2017: Vacant Spaces by Colours Collective (Group Exhibition) Ponsonby Central Pop Up, Auckland, NZ

August 2017: All In (Group Exhibition), Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ

May 2017: Love & War (Collection) Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A

August 2016: Shade (Collection) Bed-Stuy,  Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A

May 2016: Bed-Stuy (Collection) Bed-Stuy,  Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A

Design Career

2017 - Present, New Zealand.

Remote freelance designer and art director for various design studios & brands including:

Versus (NY), Loyal Kaspar (NY), Cause + Effect (NY), Fake Love (NY), Juniper Jones (NY), SPUR (NZ), Australia Post (AUS), Trollback (NY), Mod-Op (NY)

2014 - 2017, New York, N.Y.

Freelance designer and art director for various NYC design studios including:

Versus, Loyal Kaspar, Fake Love, Los York, Sibling Rivalry, Cause + Effect, Transistor Studios 

2010 - 2014, New York, N.Y
Co-Founder & creative director of Manhattan Born LLC. Design studio & gallery.

2008 - 2010, New York, N.Y

Freelance designer and art director for various NYC design studios including:

Brand New School, Click 3X, Interspectacular, Adolescent, First Ave Machine, Hush, Mantra, Lifelong Friendship Society, Panda Panther, Blind.

2007 - 2008, New York, NY

Designer at Favorite Color

2004 - 2007, Melbourne, Australia

Art Director at Furst Media

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