A New Zealand fantasy world created by Josephine Davis

That space in time between Day and Night; Light and Dark; Real and Surreal

This exhibition of exciting new works will be held from

27th October - 10th November

Fantasmagorie, NZ

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New Zealand b.1959

Born into a family with a rich artistic history. A descendant of one of our foremost 19th century artists; Kennett Watkins, Josephine’s mother, Lois (nee Watkins) studied at the Christchurch School of Art, graduating in 1947.

Josephine's interest in art was fostered by her Mother from an early age.  Although offered a position at Elam in 1977, she opted instead to accept an opening with a Hamilton dealer gallery.  She pursued a full time career in the fine art business until 1988.  During this time she kept up painting in her spare time and exhibited regularly with local societies and dealer galleries. In 1983 Josephine was awarded the Montana Art Award for watercolour.

Early in 1989 Josephine travelled to Europe. Initially settling in London and undertaking studies at Blake College, before moving to Paris for several months. In September of 1989 she attended the Royal Watercolour Society’s Summer School in Kent, where her tutors included the President and Vice President of the Society.

Josephine returned to New Zealand and won the prestigious Tauranga National Art Award in 1990. In 1991 the Gisborne Art Museum purchased a watercolour by Josephine for their permanent collection. A successful solo exhibition was held in Parnell in 1994, just four months before the birth of her first child. Family commitments then reduced her artistic output considerably for several years. However she did manage to keep exhibiting both watercolours and oils in dealer galleries both in New Zealand, as well as in London and Paris.

With many accolades to her name and works held in private collections worldwide, Josephine has now established her own position in New Zealand’s artistic heritage.

Josephine Davis

A fantasy world set in two New Zealand landscapes are the latest works by Josephine Davis.

This magical world is set in the New Zealand hinterland and a coastal scene featuring over sixty characters in each, including well-known fictional characters from the world of fairy tales and fantasy. They all share this enchanted world with the local animals and bird life.

The originals were painted in watercolour and sold through Aesthete Gallery. High quality digital prints have now been produced which are amazingly faithful to the originals. So more families will have the opportunity to enjoy these truly magical scenes.

Born in 1959 into a family with a rich artistic heritage, Josephine is a  descendant of one of our foremost 19th century artists; Kennett Watkins, her mother, Lois (nee Watkins) studied at the Christchurch School of Art, graduating in 1947. Lois painted a fairy picture for each of her four children, featuring that child and their favourite characters and animals. Being the youngest of the siblings Josephine’s fairy picture was not quite completed by Lois and so while she nursed Lois in her last years Josephine finished the painting. After Lois passed away Josephine decided to create her own fairy paintings incorporating elements both real and imaginary from the world of today’s children. The result is a pair of watercolours; ‘Fantasmagorie,NZ’ and ‘Fantastical, NZ’ depicting a fantasy world in idyllic New Zealand settings. They include fictional characters from fantasy and feature the flora and fauna found in a real New Zealand landscape


These limited edition prints are produced to

the highest standard with pigmented inks

on 300gsm smooth cotton art paper.


Image size 500 x 660mm.

Edition size strictly limited to only 250.

Hand-numbered and signed by the artist.

Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity,

also an A4 diagram showing the names and

locations of the main characters and features.


Individual prints:     $350 unframed

The pair of prints:   $600 unframed

Standard framing:   approx: $300 each print


Fantastical, NZ