Latest from New York, courtesy of Renee Phillips of Manhattan Arts:





In the late 1980s and early 90s my wife and I lived in New York. I had a large studio on Broadway in SoHo and worked hard to break into the art scene. We had a wonderful and very educational time both there and in London.


New York Experience!


I succeeded in holding several exhibitions. and made many strong connections. We were particularly fortunate in meeting the famed writer George de Mare who introduced us to many people and entertained us for weekends at his family home in upstate New York.


With author George de Mare at the St Moritz, New York.

  With George de Mare at the St Moritz , NY



New York exhibition.

Exhibition in Connecticut



Ladies of Liberty.

Ladies of Liberty 


Me going nuts inside Statue of Liberty.

Nuts inside Statue of Liberty




1990 saw us back in Manhattan reconnecting with friends and the art scene. My new large studio was downtown on lower Broadway and right opposite what must be the biggest art supplies shop on Earth. It is called ‘Pearl Paint’ - six enormous floors of art supplies of every kind. Needless to say, I crossed Broadway many times, often precariously laden with canvases and paint.

 My first substantial work was a series of six canvases that I titled the:

  ‘Broadway Suite’.


Broadway 1.

Broadway Suite, No 1

I worked every day and, looking back at that fruitful time, I realise now how much I was influenced by the energy around me. Also, being in New York with so much great art readily accessible, I see now how for a while there I slipped so easily into an ‘abstract expressionist’ mindset.


Broadway 4.

Broadway Suite, No 4


Broadway 5.

Broadway Suite, No 5


New York review.

NY Review




Fugue                                                                        Canvas 1200x 740mm



New York exhibition dinner 1990.

Exhibition Dinner in my honour.



July 4th, Mercer Street., New York.

July 4th, Mercer Street, NY



Morants in Manhattan.

 Morants' in Manhattan.


Unfortunately, because of visa regulations our time in America came to a close and we returned to New Zealand, where life and art were decidedly much slower.


Home Again.

Home again!  


However, after 2000 (thanks largely to the Internet) my work began to be noticed. I received many invitations to exhibit at various overseas venues and am happy to say that we have enjoyed many more return trips to our friends in the 'Big Apple'. 

I exhibited in group shows with several projects in Europe and America but my first solo show was in New York.


New York invitation


At my first big Solo exhibition ‘Music For Manhattan’ I was highly honoured with the company of the renowned violist Anatole Zelinsky. He flew all the way from New Zealand to New York just to play at the opening of my exhibition.


Anatoly Zelinsky.jpg

Anatoly Zelinsky


My eternal thanks also go to the New Zealand art dealer Alexis Brown. She negotiated, dispatched and helped curate my Manhattan show.


Alexis Brown

Alexis Brown


 'Jamming With Dizzy' New York.

Jamming With Dizzy                                         Mixed media on canvas 760 x 950mm


Alexis joined forces with New York curator Tchera Niyego and together they put together a wonderful exhibition of my work.


The great curators

Two great curators



Cover of NY Arts Magazine

Cover of New York Arts Magazine



Music For Manhattan.

Music For Manhattan


I considered myself very fortunate to have enjoyed the support of so many good people. The show had good reviews and we made a lot of new friends which would prove very helpful for future exhibitions.


     Me, Tchera and Alexis

 With Tchera and Alexis


   Opening in NY  Opening in Manhattan


Owing to my successful debut in Italy, I would be lucky enough to hold further shows in New York.



'Morant in Manhattan'

Paintings by Keith Morant" 

 Access Art 

        Access Art NY..jpg                                  


Please join us on Thursday, April 24, at:


 ACCESS ART  365 West 36th Street from 6 – 9p.m.

to celebrate with us the opening of:  




 Capriccio Italien.


Keith Morant, a very talented New Zealand based artist, has netted three prestigious awards during his recent exhibition tour of Italy. These include the prestigeous“Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Premio alla Carriera” award. (lifetime achievement in art) at the Florence Biennale Internationale dell’arte Contemporanea. 

We are honored to announce that he has chosen Access Art for his spring exhibition in New York.  

His work – always “a journey into the essence of being”, combines radiant vibrancy and electrifying intensity in harmonious compositions. Every painting is a new experience that strives to activate a mutual consciousness between the artist and the viewer. It is Keith’s declared goal to “become conducive to some small expansion of human conscious awareness”.  

We are sure you will enjoy Keith’s work as much as we do and are very much looking forward to welcoming you on:

Thursday, April 24, from 6 – 9 p.m. to the opening reception at:



365,West 36th Street, New York, NY 



Tricia in Times Square, NY.

  Tricia in Times Square, NY.





noho gallery

530 West 25th Street New York



Global Fusion





Paintings by:


Keith Morant


Farhana Achter


C. Bangs


Nadiya Jinnah


 August 5th – 23rd, 2008 

Opening Reception:  Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 6-8pm 

Global Fusion Art is proud to present a group exhibition exploring the creation and existence of harmony and balance of environments in physical, psychological and ethereal planes.


 Nadia Jinnah, Morant and Farhana Achter.

Nadiya Jinnah, Morant and Farhana Achter


Keith Morant of New Zealand, emulates the power of music and evokes the universal through the specific. It seems that this is only achieved by attaining synchronization of conscious and unconscious mentality.  It is through this mental and emotional balancing act that one may encounter a new order, logic of chaos – nature itself.


Farhana and Nadiya.

Farhana and Nadiya

Farhana Akhter explores the transformative journey from chaos to harmony and grace.  To capture the transitioning stages of motion, fusion and stillness evident in all aspect of life, her mixed media paintings incorporate found objects that are symbolic of the transformative process by combining materials with organic and inorganic elements.


       C. Bangs with her work.

                                 C. Bangs with her paintings.

C Bangs investigates frontier science combined with symbolist figuration and quantum equations as design elements, which refer to the interconnectivity of everything and the relationship of time and space.  Archetypes of the Earth and cosmological elements are depicted from an ecological feminist perspective.


        Nadia Jinnah with NY Artrepreneur Renee Phillips.

Nadia Jinnah and NY Artrepreneur Renee Phillips.

Nadiya Jinnah’s work shows an infinite variety of textures and depths, which physically express the essences of organic landscapes like a rocky surface, heather on the fields or an ocean floor. Surface color on the very tactile background, create a subtle illusion and an experience of reality beyond the physical world.

 Farhana, Nadiya, C.Bangs and Tricia at the opening.
Farhana Achter, Nadiya Jinnah, C. Bangs and Tricia Morant at NoHo Opening NY.

Global Fusion Art is a collective group of multicultural artists and communities committed to support cross-cultural understanding through visual arts, music, performance and multi-media.  We seek to raise awareness of the global community and promote individuals and organizations that provide humanitarian services across the world.  For this exhibition, artists have pledged 10% of sale price of artwork and proceeds will be donated to the Nature Conservancy, protecting nature and preserving life worldwide.  

        Another very fortunate New York represenation for me has been


                                  MANHATTAN ARTS  


Renée Phillips, "The Artrepreneur Coach", is an author, career consultant and coach, offers private consultations, portfolio reviews and workshops to help artists take their careers to the next level. She provides objective guidance on creative direction, promotional materials, and marketing venues.

                                   Check her out at: 

As a pioneer in her field and artists' advocate she has curated more than 150 art exhibitions. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan Arts International magazine for 17 years, before establishing She is a frequent keynote speaker for art insitutions throughout the U.S. Renée is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics.






In May 2011 I was due to fly out to Toronto for the opening of the exhibition 'Shakespeare Asides'. However, because of the devastating sequence of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit Christchurch, it was impossible to leave home. Fortunately I had sent the paintings on ahead and they were received in time for the opening and exhibition.


Shakespeare Asides


This series of six paintings were based on the format of the Shakespearian (as apposed to the Petrarchan) sonnet. I spent many hours studying and practicing Elizabethan script in order, not to 'write' it, but rather to 'feel' it. The idea was to get the viewer to be initially attracted and move closer to the work in order to 'read' it. Then this 'feeling' could be emotionally transmitted. Hopefully, this would engender (through the transparency), a deeper psychological awareness of an underlying sense of historical data - perhaps the realisation that even emotion expressed through creativity is also historical fact.

The use of Shakespeares words as my title seemed highly appropriate. 


                                                       To The Onlie Begetter I                                    



To The Onlie Begetter II



To The Onlie Begetter III



To The Onlie Begetter IV



To The Onlie Begetter V



To The Onlie Begetter VI




For me, the most exquisite jewels in the crown of English literature are Shakespeare’s sonnets. This sequence of Elizabethan pearls that encircle the epoch of the great poet’s life and loves has always been a fascinating joy and deep inspiration to so many. These paintings are my humble homage to the man and his work. It is my hope that they may transmit a small token of his precious mystery that forever resonates and enriches our lives. When I was kindly invited to contribute to this exhibition I felt very thankful to Patrick International Fine Art for the opportunity to express publicly my deeper feelings and love for ‘the Bard’. They are, without doubt, my ‘Shakespearean Asides’ and knowing that they will be exhibited in honour of the poet himself alongside of the great Stratford Shakespeare Festival – I am doubly honoured.


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Toronto Tarantella                                              Mixed media on canvas, 910 x910mm

A solo exhibition of paintings



April 3rd - 28th 2012

Patrick International art gallery

190 Davenport Road