Roger Staples

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts hosts an exhibition of recent work by Feilding-born, Auckland-based artist Roger Staples. Staples will be exhibiting about twenty to twenty-five of his unique oil on canvas still life paintings. These works are a contemporary artist’s take on the historic still life paintings of past centuries. Instead of a marble slab his subjects might rest on a table of plywood or emerge from a cardboard box or a Swappa Crate. Staples’ subject matter reflects New Zealand’s historic manmade and natural heritage rather than the prissily posed flora, fauna and material objects of the past. And although the composition might hark back to the medieval period the quality of his renderings are up-to-the-minute, sensitive portrayals of posed objects familiar to most. A selection of the artist’s latest work will provide the viewer with an opportunity to get up close and personal and perhaps in order to select a work for their home or office. Commodities will open on Friday evening 2nd March at 5-7pm. The public is cordially invited to view the exhibition and meet the artist.

Roger Staples was born in Feilding in 1942.  He attended Queen Elizabeth Technical College and the Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University. Staples got his teaching certificate at Palmerston North Teachers College and worked as an art teacher in various secondary schools such as Freyberg High School in Palmerston North. He also taught in the Auckland region and retired from Howick College in eastern Auckland.

In 1995, Staples visited Europe to discover first-hand the masterful work of Rembrant, Manet, Chardin and other painters of genre and still-life scenes. Roger was a “brash young Modernist” when he began his art career; in recent years his brush-work has “slowly returned to more traditional concerns.”  Staples has exhibited his artwork since 1964 when he showed at the Palmerston North Art Gallery; also that year he and Massey tutor Frank Davis exhibited together at the Rotorua Society of Arts. Staples paintings have been shown at the Christchurch Society of Arts (1965); the Centre Gallery, Wellington (1967) and at the prestigious John Leech Gallery in Auckland (1971). Between 1971 and 1998 Staples showed almost exclusively in the Auckland region at such galleries as the ASA Gallery, Jeanne D’Estienne Gallery, Centre Gallery and the Barrington Gallery.

Roger Staples is also a poet; the following verses are a sort of social comment on his work:


I find


Broken forms,

Bones of beings

Of times



I like

Beer crates,


Boxes: Stages

In studio


Other Upcoming Exhibitions.

Previous Exhibitions.

The Mountains and the Sea
By: Paul Lyons
- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
By: Manawatu Art Teachers Association
- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

Dot's Nice
By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15