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Juliet Best

Juliet is passionate about her work, she loves her family and friends, and is strongly involved in her community.

Juliet Best
Juliet Best

Artist Biography

Juliet celebrates the beauty and moods of New Zealand’s coastlines and landscapes with her beautifully layered artwork. Her paintings include strong horizon lines, highly textured landscapes, and lots of luxuriously illuminating gold-leaf. Her work is often elegantly float framed.

Juliet is the co-owner of the stunning sea-side Shelly Bay Gallery and Studio in Wellington. Her tapa cloth and gold leaf painting is featured in the Museum Art Hotel NZ Artists Walk for permanent public display. She was the 2019 guest artist and speaker at the annual charity Champions Lunch held at Te Papa. She is the 2018 / 2019 Artist in Residence for the Life Flight Rescue Helicopter – Life Flight Wellington.

Juliet loves her work as a New Zealand artist, she loves her family and friends, and is strongly involved in her community. Juliet and her family walked the Abel Tasman track earlier this year, and the summer prior she and her son rode horses for a few days into the South Island mountains up to the alpine meadows, fording many rivers and mountain streams. She is so often inspired by New Zealand’s beauty and geographic history and loves hearing a good local story!

Juliet grew up in Nelson and Hawkes Bay, she graduated from Waikato Polytechnic working as a graphic designer. Her first role was as an illustrator and designer in the Art Department of the Dominion and the Evening Post newspapers, before moving to London where she worked as a digital artist and concept designer. On her return she was employed at Lands & Survey and found the maps and topography of New Zealand to be fascinating and artistically inspiring. Juliet enjoyed two years teaching graphics part-time at Massey University School of Design. She attended a number of painting based courses at Inverlochy Art School before working at the national museum - Te Papa - until 2007.

Juliet is a full-time artist and a business owner. She has many successful dealer gallery solo and group shows to her name. Her artworks are held in private and corporate collections, and in many countries.

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Juliet celebrates the beauty and moods of New Zealand’s coastlines and landscapes with her beautifully layered artwork.

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