It’s all about making connections for Gallery Elkaar, a new gallery specialising in original artwork and limited-edition prints from emerging international artists. Elkaar (Dutch for ‘each other’) stands up to its name, featuring a regularly-changing selection of artwork that brings something new to New Zealand spaces.
Upon her arrival in Auckland, founder Amanda Cardinale discovered northern European influences on New Zealand design, where craftsmanship and simplicity of function lead to cosy and comfortable interior worlds. But notably missing, in Cardinale’s eyes, was accessibility to contemporary European art. So Gallery Elkaar was born.
Cardinale’s passion for art began when she was young. Growing up outside New York, she spent her weekends exploring museums and developed a love for American Minimalism, particularly influenced by the art of Sol DeWitt, the father of a childhood friend. During her life abroad in Paris, London, and Amsterdam, her predilection for simple forms and proximity to the creative process endured as she built friendships and connections with designers, printmakers, and artists through her first business, a creative agency.
That desire to find connection is at the heart of Gallery Elkaar. Whether connecting us to artists beyond our borders or discovering emerging talent within them, Cardinale’s ambition is to bring the outside world a little bit closer on the walls of New Zealand homes.