|Pakiri artist’s yachts on show
Paper: Rodney Times
Date: December 2001
Pakiri artist Peter Caley will exhibit eight large oil paintings of the Volvo round-the-world yachts at the National
Maritime Museum to coincide with the arrival of the fleet in Auckland in January. The exhibition, which runs
from January 1 to 27, also includes some of Caley’s landscapes and the Maori portraits for which he is better
Caley gallery hopes to repeat success in Geraldine
Paper:The Timaru Herald
Date: August 2004
By Janie Stewart
Geraldine is getting a taste of world-class art at the new location of the Caley Art Gallery. Formally based in
Otira, the gallery predominantly displays and sells the work of Geraldine master artist and oil painter Peter
Jean Caley, who has exhibited at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’arte in Florence with more than 800 other
international artists. The Otira gallery, which had 30,000 visitors in 2 years, became a tourist destination for
overseas and New Zealand visitors seeking an insight into Maori culture. Peter Jean Caley and Tony Caley
decided to move the gallery to Geraldine as they loved the area. Gallery co-owner and art director Tony
Caley hoped the new gallery would attract a similar number of people in its new location. “People not only got
a cultural experience, a lot had a spiritual experience” Tony Caley said. Peter Jean Caley spent parts of his
childhood in Geraldine, and his parents were married there. Of Kai Tahu descent, Peter Jean Caley’s passion
for Maori culture is reflected in his series of Maori portraits which have been on display at Nga Hau E Wha
Marae in Christchurch. None of the paintings in the series are for sales, despite an offer of $200,000 for
‘Lisa’, a portrait of a teenage girl. His work sells nationally and also to buyers in Europe and America, and he
is quickly gaining an international reputation. He has accepted an invitation to exhibit in America next year,
and his work will be shown in Texas, Arizona and New York. The new Caley Art Gallery opens officially on
October 2, with a Maori opening ceremony performed by Arowhenua and Waihao marae’s. They plan to have
Maori carving on both the inside and outside of the gallery, and will have several pieces of pounamu gifted to
them for display. The public are invited to view the works on display and for sale at the gallery at 1pm, when
wine and cheese will be provided. In the evening there will be an invitation only dinner for sponsors, buyers
and guests, as a show of support and strength for the artist.
art initative hailed
Paper: Greymouth Evening Star
Date: 2nd September 2002
Around 200 people turned out for the opening of Peter Caley Art Gallery in the old hall in Otira. West
Coast/Tasman MP Damian O’Connor cut the ribbon after a powhiri from a large group of Katiwaewae and
Makaawhio runanga members and a welcome from Westland Mayor John Drylie. In applauding the initiative
Mr O’Connor said he expected the gallery venture to turn around the paradigm that people had to move north
to progress. Otira was the gateway to the West Coast and the gallery was well positioned on a tourist route
and as part of an” innovative little community. It was Mr Caley’s dream to be part of the West Coast and to
make it his home and it was good to see the dream realised,” Mr Drylie said. “I was here as a tourist last year
and now I’m here for the long haul” Mr Caley said. People stepped into a transformed hall that smelt of fresh
paint and boasted displays of talented West Coast art and craft people. A separate gallery was devoted to
Maori expertly painted in the style of the old masters. Mr Caley is pictured with his favourite painting,
commissioned by the family of the portrayed Ko Mauria after she died in 173 at the unconfirmed age of 110.
“Her greatest wish was that all Maori and all people should live as one,” Mr Caley said
|Artist doing things in fine style.
Paper: The press
Article by: John Keast
Peter Caley's attention is caught between an unfinished art gallery and a voluminous marquee in the middle
of Geraldine's pretty domain.
Both are works in progress.
The marquee tomorrow night will host a party such as Geraldine has not seen for many years. Ministers of
the crown will be there, an MP or two, and a welter of local body politicians.
Down the road, in Geraldine's main street, finishing touches are being put to the Caley Maori Art Gallery and
It will be the focus of attention for Caley and his small staff as he brings his oil art to South Canterbury from
the moister climes of Otira.
Caley ran his Caley art Gallery in Otira for two and a half years from a hall. But was unable to expand the
operation because of a lease arrangement.
Caley is announcing his arrival in style.
With the help of many sponsors, Caley and Master of Ceremonies Gary McCormick will woo a crowd of
several hundred at a formal dinner, Caley tends to do things in style - hence the black tie dinner and the
opening of the gallery by Timaru Mayor Wynne Raymond - and he makes no secret that his art makes
The average price of his oil paintings, he says, is between $30.000 and $70.000, with some fetching
But, He says, with a regular supply of commission work, paintings are rarely for sale, let alone his Maori art.
He says his prized works will stay in the permanent collection in the gallery despite good offers for some
Gala opening for gallery
Paper: TheTimaru Herald
Date: October 2004
Geraldine's newest gallery opened its doors on Saturday.
Situated in Talbot Street, The Caley Art Gallery is owned by Peter Jean Caley and houses his extensive
collection of Maori portraits.
Officially opened by Timaru Mayor Wynne Raymond, the event featured a traditional Maori Challenge, songs
and other Maori formalities.
The afternoon's events were followed by an evening of wine food and entertainment.
With passions for Maori culture and wildlife, Mr Caley has lived in Australia for 15 years where he attended
an art school in Sydney.
In 1998 he officially classified himself as a professional artist.
Mr Caley had previously opened a gallery in Otira.
He says his sales are to international buyers
|'Leading artist' to exhibit work in Riversdale
14 July 2006
THE Southland Times
By SONIA GERKEN
A painter whose work has been given to royals and is held in collections throughout the world is to be the
guest artist at the Riversdale arts mixed media exhibition, which opens next week.
Peter Jean Caley, of Geraldine, will bring seven of his imposing oils to the exhibition and run a painting
workshop when he visits the Northern Southland township.
Riversdale Arts president Lesley Clarke says while Caley may not be a household name, he is considered
one of this country's leading artists.
A reproduction of his painting The Flutes was presented to Prince Charles during his last visit to New
Zealand and the original sold for US$60,000 in the United States this year.
Caley's painting of New Zealand's Black Magic yacht hangs on permanent display in Auckland's National
His work is best described as inspirational realism and his subjects include Maori portraits and artefacts,
scenery, birds and animals, Mrs Clarke says.
In its 33rd year, the exhibition continues to be one of the largest mixed-media exhibitions in Southland and
About 90 artists from throughout the country have submitted almost 600 pieces for display and sale this
Among the work were pieces from Christchurch jeweller Koji Miyazaki, paintings by Karen Baddock and
glass work by last year's guest artist Peter Viesnik.
"We keep trying to maintain a high standard," Mrs Clarke says.
The exhibition's reputation enabled it to draw from a wide variety of artists and organisers are always
looking to support interesting new artists or locals, she says.
Organising the event is a big ask for the small group of volunteers but it is just a case of getting on and
doing it, Mrs Clarke says.
The exhibition's popular invitation-only opening night at the Riversdale Community Centre is on July 21 and
public sessions open from July 22 to July 30.