Born New Zealand 1901, died New York 1980

Recognised internationally as one the twentieth century’s great modernist innovators, New Zealand artist Len Lye is most famous for his avant-garde experimental films - he pioneered direct filmmaking (films made without a camera) by scratching or painting directly onto celluloid film - and for his astonishing and playful kinetic sculptures. Always fascinated by the interplay of movement and light, this extraordinary artist also expressed himself in photography drawing, painting and poetry. 

“All of a sudden it hit me – if there is such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion. After all there are melodic figures, why can’t there be figures in motion.” Len Lye

During his lifetime he was better known in the art capitals of North America and Europe than in the country of his birth, but that has changed since the establishment of the foundation dedicated to his works at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and particularly following the opening in 2015 of the Len Lye Centre, New Zealand’s first art museum dedicated to a single artist. 

Starkwhite works with the Len Lye Foundation to promote the work of Len Lye through exhibitions in New Zealand and internationally and has exclusive dealer gallery rights to represent the work of Len Lye in the market place.

 Len Lye (1979), Robert Del Tredici. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Len Lye (1979), Robert Del Tredici. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery