Brit Bunkley is a New Zealand-based artist and videographer known for his multifaceted practice encompassing the creation of large-scale outdoor sculptures, installations, and the production of mesmerizing moving and still images. Using a combination of 3D modeling, video editing, and image editing programs, Bunkley constructs captivating visuals and architectural designs that push the boundaries of possibility.
Born in New Zealand and holding dual citizenship with the United States, Bunkley has received notable recognition for his work. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the prestigious Rome Prize Fellowship in the USA. In 2012, he was an award winner at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art for the "Now&After" Festival. Bunkley's artwork has been showcased extensively internationally, including screenings at renowned venues such as the White Box Gallery in NYC, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, and File Sao Paolo. His video works, such as "Ghost Shelter/6," have been featured at prestigious festivals like Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Docfest Kassel, and Jihlava IDFF.
Bunkley's artistry has been exhibited in both group and solo shows, making a lasting impact on diverse audiences. Notable group exhibitions include "Stories of Rust" at Tauranga Art Gallery in New Zealand and "Green Around" in Taipei, Taiwan. In contrast, solo exhibitions have taken place at prominent venues like the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, New Zealand, the Institut für Alles Mögliche/Stützpunkt Teufelsberg in Berlin, The Rabbit Room in Napier, New Zealand, and Scott Lawrie Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. His works have also been featured in significant art competitions, including the "2021 National Contemporary Art Award" at Waikato Museum in New Zealand and "Visions in the Nunnery" at Bows Art/Nunnery Gallery in London.
Within the theme of "new realism/altered reality," Bunkley's recent video creations, "Dear Hart, how they dream, how we dream" and "The Peaceable Kingdom," captivate viewers with their photorealist dreamscape of a hybrid Père David's deer and the exploration of animals inhabiting human architectural spaces. These videos shed light on the extraordinary Père David deer, officially extinct in the wild but reintroduced in China and found in captivity worldwide. Bunkley's thought-provoking work delves into the complex relationship between humanity, nature, and our altered reality.