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Guy Ngan information, photo and quote at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub. 2022.

Guy Ngan information, photo and quote at Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub. 2022.

Untitled Guy Ngan sculpture, No 1 The Terrace, Wellington

Ngan Kwok Guy OBE, known as Guy Ngan, artist: b Wellington, February 3, 1926; m Jean, 1d, 1s; d Lower Hutt, June 26, 2017, aged 91.[1][2] Sixth son of Ngan Gee Choy and Li Jun.[3]

Ngan's public sculptures and artworks are a common sight, with over 40 public works around New Zealand[4], especially in the greater Wellington area, including on the sides of the Reserve Bank Building, Archives New Zealand Building, on Wakefield Street,[5] inside Parliament Buildings[6], in Stokes Valley[7][8], as well as around New Zealand.[1][2][9][10]

Guy Ngan Sculpture located at the entrance to Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt.


Guy Ngan, death notice in the DominionPost, 28 June 2017

Although his public works were featured around New Zealand, few galleries in New Zealand exhibited his works[4] and it is believed that he was underappreciated by the New Zealand art establishment[11].

Dowse Art Museum Winter 2019 guide

Dowse Art Museum Winter 2019 guide

In the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to the arts.[1] He was inducted into the Massey University CoCA Hall of Fame in 2012.[2]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tso, M. (2017, July 15). Life Story: Reformer of public space, artist Guy Ngan dies aged 91. Retrieved from http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/94336015/life-story-reformer-of-public-space-artist-guy-ngan-dies-aged-91
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Massey University, “Guy Ngan (1926 – 2017),” Massey University Alumni, last modified 2020, accessed October 31, 2021, http://mualumni.massey.ac.nz/alumni-profiles/guy-ngan/
  3. New Zealand Herald. (2017, June 28). Guy NGAN obituary. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?n=guy-ngan&pid=185922655&fhid=12768
  4. 4.0 4.1 Knox, A. (2019, July 3). His work hangs in the Beehive, but galleries ignored Guy Ngan. Until now. Retrieved 4 July 2019, from The Spinoff website: https://thespinoff.co.nz/partner/the-dowse/03-07-2019/his-work-hangs-in-the-beehive-but-galleries-ignored-guy-ngan-until-now/
  5. McCredie, A. (2017, June 30). Remembering New Zealand artist Guy Ngan (1926-2017). Retrieved July 16, 2017, from http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2017/06/30/remembering-wellington-artist-guy-ngan-1926-2017/
  6. New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu Taonga. (2014, October 22). Guy Ngan and Joan Calvert wall hanging, Beehive, Parliament [Web page]. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from /en/photograph/45313/guy-ngan-and-joan-calvert-wall-hanging-beehive-parliament
  7. Johnston, C. (2017, June 28). Guy Ngan (1926–2017) | The Dowse Art Museum. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from http://dowse.org.nz/news/blog/2017/guy-ngan
  8. Edwards, S. (2011, December 12). Twin sculpture to Stokes Valley’s mating worms launched. Retrieved from https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/hutt-news/6129343/Twin-sculpture-to-Stokes-Valleys-mating-worms-launched
  9. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. (2017). Guy Ngan. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from https://www.aucklandartgallery.com/explore-art-and-ideas/artist/6471/guy-ngan
  10. Stella Brennan, ‘Guy Ngan Mural for the Newton Post Office 1973’, Stella Brennan, http://stella.net.nz/text-by/guy-ngan-mural-for-the-newton-post-office-1973/, 2014, accessed 1 November 2021.
  11. Ng, E. (2019, June 25). Guy Ngan, an artist ignored but not forgotten. Retrieved 27 June 2019, from The Spinoff website: https://thespinoff.co.nz/partner/the-dowse/25-06-2019/guy-ngan-an-artist-ignored-but-not-forgotten/
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