Maiken Calkoen

Summer City Idyll (July 18-24, 2024)

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 18, 2024, 6-8PM
Location: Agora Gallery, 530 W 25th Street, New York, NY, 10001

Maiken Calkoen studied architecture and now works as a Design and Visual Communication teacher in Hastings, Hawkes’s Bay, New Zealand. She began painting once she completed university, and was most inspired by the places she lived while in Europe. In 2015 she returned to her hometown of Hastings and documented that experience through a series of architectural photographs. Calkoen is a passionate advocate for Hawke’s Bay and has produced many paintings with this region as the predominant subject matter. She has shown in numerous exhibitions, including East 2020 at the Hastings City Art Gallery. Her paintings incorporate vibrant color, panoramic views, strong perspective, and observation of light as distinctive to the season or time of day. In 2022 Calkoen completed a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship at Indiana University Pennsylvania where she participated in a landscape painting course. This has led to more of a focus on paintings of Hastings which reflect and evoke the collective and recent memory of place and the incremental change that is characteristic of small cities.

Stepping Out (Queen Street, Hastings), 2023
Oil on canvas
20″ x 20″
Stepping Out (Queen Street, Hastings), 2023
Oil on canvas
20″ x 20″