About Collette

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As a result of Collette Renee Fergus's long artistic heritage, it was almost inevitable she would be interested in art. She began painting young. Learning from family and neighbourhood artists. She revelled in their skill and knowledge. 

At 11 she sold her first artwork, a watercolour of Mount Taranaki/Egmont, New Zealand. At 16 she took night school classes in oil painting. The subject matter still mostly New Zealand scenery. She exhibited often and at 17 the now Waikato-based artist had her first solo exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand. 

In contrast to formal training and the artistic styles and methods of others, Collette developed a distinct style early in life. Her success can be attributed to her distinct style. Among her influences are Picasso, Dali, and Kandinsky.

Collette has worked in acrylics since the early 1990s. Attracted by their rapid drying characteristics and the ability to incorporate texture. Nowadays, her art is more surrealistic in concept, She likes to use bright, vibrant colours for anything that sparks her imagination. The importance of texture remains paramount. Collette uses anything from pumice and black sand to artist-quality textures.

Known for her modern, contemporary artwork, Collette has two distinct styles: 


  • her serious, abstract and surrealist work 
  • And a contemporary range. Her increasingly infamous character - Boozehag. Now re-branded as Ms Chardonnay Minx. The glamour girl, who is more about the finer things in life and having fun rather than the wine. 


Collette is also a popular New Zealand commission artist with an ability to accurately interpret clients' wishes. 

Her artworks are held in a variety of collections around the world.  These include Britain, Germany, Russia, the United States, Canada, and Spain. 

Putting her heart and soul into her art, Collette finds it extremely rewarding. She finds it most satisfying to convey emotions and feelings through visual communication. She is humbled by the feedback received on her work.

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Motivational Speaker for the Arts

  • Merit Award - Royal Easter Show 2012
  • Finalist- Waitakere Art Awards 2011
  • 5th Place Peoples Choice  6x6 Rochester Contemporary Art Centre, New York 2011
  • Winner - People's Choice Award - Estuary Artworks Art Awards 2011
  • Finalist x 2 - Waitakere Art Awards 2010
  • Finalist North Shore City Art Awards 2010
  • Highly commended - Art on Main Gallery, Tirau - Small canvas's  2010
  • Finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award 2008
  • Painting selected for  INPUT Magazine cover 2007 
  • Finalist - Yellow Pages Art Awards 2003 and 2004

Currently represented at these Galleries -

  • Art on Tyne Gallery Oamaru, New Zealand
  • Frankton Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • The Art Studio Gallery, Rarotonga

Exhibitions  -

Uno Square - Art on Tyne 2020

Blank 2.0 Art on Tyne 2020

Pop-up Show - Random Connections 2019

100 Dresses - Solo show, Frankton Gallery 2018

Royal Easter Show 2012

Off the Wall Exhibition - Artists Den & Gallery, Milford, Auckland 2012

Waitakere Art Awards, Auckland  2011

6x6, Rochester Contemporary Art Centre, New York 2011

Small Things, Waiheke Community Gallery, Auckland 2011

Pocket Rockets, Railway Gallery, Dunedin 2011

Royal Easter Show, Auckland 2011

Waiart Portrait Awards, Carterton 2011

Estuary Artworks Art Awards , Uxbridge Creative Centre Gallery, Howick, Auckland 2011

Waitakere Art Awards Group Exhibition, CEAC Henderson Auckland 2010

North Shore City Art Awards Group Exhibition, Mairangi Bay Art Centre, Auckland 2010

Beautiful Creatures Group Exhibition, The Bank Art Gallery, Invercargill 2010

Pocket Rocket Group Exhibition, Rocda Gallery Dunedin 2010

Its All About Me.....ow! Solo Exhibition 547 Art Space 2010

National Art Exhibition Napier 2009

Coasting Exhibition Artspost Gallery 2009

Vaka Eiva Group Exhibition, The Art Studio Gallery, Rarotonga 2008

Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Exhibition 2008

National Art Exhibition Napier 2008

Coasting Exhibition Artspost Gallery 2008

Guess Who's Back, solo show - Thornton Gallery 2007

Artists of the Waikato, Group Exhibition - Thornton Gallery 2007

One Size Fits All, Group Exhibition - Thornton Gallery 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Artists in Wonderland, Group Exhibition - Thornton Gallery 2006

Coasting Exhibition Platform 01Gallery 2006

Art de Vine Group, Exhibition - The Coliseum, Gisborne 2006

Nice to Naughty, Group Exhibition - Funky Lizard Gallery 2006

Island Shores, Group Exhibition - Thornton Gallery March 2006

Naked, Group Exhibition - Mixed Media Gallery 2005

Art de Vine Group Exhibition - The Coliseum, Gisborne 2005 - Featured Artist

Boozehag launch, Solo Show - Mixed Media Gallery Feb 2005

Back by Popular Demand, Solo show - Te Uku Gallery, Waikato 2004

In the Beginning Group Exhibition - Gallery 547 2003

Solo Show - JBC's Hamilton 1993

First Solo Show - Pakuranga Gallery 1986

Pakuranga Arts Society Member's Exhibition 1985