Born in 1989, of Pakeha and Samoan decent Joshua Bashford gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honours from the University of Canterbury in 2012. He lives and works near Little River. Many of the motifs in his work – river, roads, fish, birds – are inspired by his connection to the landscape surrounding his home territory.
Josh Bashford has exhibited in Nelson, Christchurch, Blenheim, Auckland and Samoa and his work is included in numerous private collections. His recent work ‘See Life’ was a finalist in the highly esteemed James Wallace Arts Awards.
Bashford’s work employs printmaking techniques such as woodcuts, sometimes on a very large scale. He has a very individual carving style; chiseling light in flowing marks through a background of black. At first glance they appear to be complex abstract patterns, but as one looks longer, one sees the images teem with life and symbology.