Inge Doesburg | BIO < back to artists

Inge Doesburg's large and layered prints and oil paintings explore the open, rugged, wind-swept landscapes of mainland New Zealand and the Chatham Islands. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, Doesburg graduated from the Otago School of Art in 1993.
Based in Dunedin, her style, variously described as following in the footsteps of McCahon and William Hodges, depicts brooding landscapes, relieved by flashes of light.

Born Düsseldorf, Germany, 1965
Studied in advertising and tayloring/fashion design in Germany before completing Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours in Printmaking at Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art in 1993. Currently printmaking, painting and running Inge Doesburg studio & gallery in Dunedin. She has been teaching Printmaking in the Fine and Visual Arts Foundation Course at King’s High School since 1996 and gave numerous workshops in the South Island. She was a part-time lecturer in printmaking at School of Art, Otago Polytechnic in 2004-2006. She took part in a number of publications for limited-edition books published by University of Otago Press, the latest developing and printing three images for a Riemke Ensing collection of poems.
She had several solo shows at the Peter Rae Gallery, Dunedin and exhibited widely since 1991, including some of the main centers in NZ, as well as contributing works to group shows in Japan, Australia and Germany.
She had a solo exhibition at the Eastern Southland Public Art Gallery, Gore and a solo exhibition at the Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim.

“Inge Doesburg has a feel for the unpopulated open spaces of the New Zealand landscape.  Her prints and paintings draw from vegetation and tree forms, cloudscapes, light-forms as well as more familiar landscapes.”
“Inge draws her inspiration from the land of the south. Her style depicts ‘brooding’ landscapes, relieved by flashes of light and gold. Topographical whimsy accentuates the ruggedness of her subject matter.”


Artist statement

My work often depicts weather, cloud-patterns and dominant landforms. I try to represent not only an actual place, but also the feeling that it evokes in me.

My Dunedin-based work is of landforms in my local vicinity. I have come back to them in my work again and again. These landmarks never cease to interest me on my walks around the city or the view from my windows - they continue to engage me as they change with the weather and light.

I have also travelled to remote areas in New Zealand, such as Stewart Island, Fiordland, the Chatham Islands and explored the unique flora and fauna in places such as Kapiti Island and Ulva Island. I enjoy these pristine environments and they inspire a lot of my artwork. Everyday observations of my garden, on local walks as well as natural occurrences in my environment also add to my visual vernacular.

Technically, I work predominately in drypoint, monotype and solar-plate etching.


Her work is represented in:
Inge Doesburg Studio & Gallery, Dunedin
Moray gallery, Dunedin
Studio Works Gallery, Christchurch
Lane Gallery, Auckland
Solander Gallery, Wellington


1993 1st prize in Anderson Lloyd’s Printmaking competition.
1998 Merit Award, Painting, Cleveland Art Awards.
1998 Merit Award, Printmaking, Cleveland Art Awards.
1999 3rd prize, Hope and Son Art Awards.
2000 2nd prize Cleveland Art Awards: Paintings/Works on Paper
2001 2nd prize Cleveland Art Awards: Paintings/Works on Paper
and People’s choice award.
2002 3rd prize Cleveland Art Awards: Paintings/Works on Paper
2002 Merit Award, Mainland Art
2007 Finalist in Macalisters Art Award at Anderson Park.



ODT 2001, Impressions, Bold plunge into the world of darkness and light, by Richard Dingwall (review)

craft arts international 54, 2002, page 105, Rakiura-Stewart Island, by Dr Cassandra Fusco (essay about a group show of artists who visited Stewart Island)

ODT, 20.7.06, Impressions, Doesburg spreads her Wings, by Richard Dingwall (review)

Listner August 19-25 2006, page 48, Weathering by David Eggleton ( review of four Dunedin artists)

ODT, 24.8.06, Impressions, Traditional print methods not without snarks, by Charmian Smith (article about the printer in residence in the Bibliography room at the University of Otago Library, printing the Hunting of the Snark images)

CPCANZ June 06 by Jay Linden.