Fiksate Studio & Gallery is predominantly a street art and urban contemporary art gallery that also houses a functioning, collaborative art studio located in New Brighton, Christchurch. Formed in 2015 by Nathan and Jenna Ingram, Fiksate hosts large scale street art exhibitions like CAP'D, which brings together local, national and international artists and is the brain child of Porta (Clint Park/resident artist) and organised by the Fiksate crew including Dr. Reuben Woods (Bols). Fiksate has also leased out the gallery space to other group exhibitions like The Duke Festival of Surfing exhibition 'Stoked', printmaking collaborative studio Toi Te Karoro and successful fundraisers. 

With the aim to support, grow and enrich the street art movement and culture, and its artists in Christchurch and beyond, Fiksate offers original artworks, print runs and other products through their online store and will continue to curate and host amazing exhibitions. 


Meet the Fiksate Artists in Residence:

Artist Bio – Dr. Suits (Nathan Ingram)

Nathan Ingram, or pseudonymously Dr Suits, is a Christchurch-based artist and designer with backgrounds in fashion and urban art. After gaining attention for a range of post-quake street interventions, his work has been documented in multiple publications and he was a featured artist in the 2015 street art exhibition Spectrum.Ingram continues to shift between spaces and modes of production, exploring diverse processes and materials, from drawing and painting, to printmaking and stitching, revealing an adventurous nature as a maker not beholden to tradition and whose output defies straight-forward categorisation. Although his work spans figuration to abstraction, it is often grounded in graphic qualities of line, colour and texture, and importantly the influence of the urban environment as a space of transient presence and constant physical flux.

Artist Bio – Jen (Jenna Brown)

Jen has pursued art since she was 15, leading her to a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. It was here that she began exploring graffiti as part of the urban landscape, despite a certain painting tutor adamant declaration that ‘graffiti was dead’. This love of cityscapes, their multiple layers and the art that adorns them has proven an enduring attraction. It wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes however that Jen, along with Dr Suits, moved onto the streets, perhaps most notably producing the iconic ‘Band-Aids’ that soothed broken buildings. While trained in oil painting, her practice extends into a variety of methods and materials, undertaking commissions from portraiture to commercial projects, such as the recent ‘Look Again’ cycle safety campaign which saw her paint both a mural and an actual cyclist. Jen’s distinctive and recurring ‘heads’ are a study of the multi-faceted nature of human emotion – expressions of sadness, joy, stress, anger and other expressions that reflect our lived experiences.   

Artist Bio – Porta (Clint Park)

Porta, a.k.a. Clint Park, loves to cut shapes. He is a stencil artist whose work you probably know, even if you don’t realise it. His work often draws on imagery he finds in old magazines, books and other unlikely sources, exposing a sense of playfulness, absurdity and humour. He often makes small additions or alterations, but other times simply forces the viewer to make sense of the nonsensical (pineapple anyone?). This technique is exacerbated by the context of the street, but is still evident on the walls of a gallery through the obvious influence of graffiti and street art displayed in his work conceptually and stylistically. While the spray can is Porta’s primary medium, his work is often executed on a variety of supports, from walls to paper, vinyl, board and found objects, from thrift store paintings to old cabinet doors and discarded signs, a reminder of the opportunities for transformation and re-purposing that exist all around us.