Colourful, life-like, corrugated iron animals, birds, cars and people, decorated letter-boxes: these are just some of the objects created by New Zealand artist, Jeff Thomson. Thomson has changed the popular perception of corrugated iron, and it is now seen, not just as a building material, but as an art form as well.
Born in Auckland in 1957, Thomson has always shown an interest in art, and according to his mother, could make anything out of anything from an early age. Thomson was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was six but showed an aptitude for art and sculpture.
Thomson completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam in 1981, having spent 1980 travelling around the South Island. It was during his many walks around rural New Zealand that he started decorating letter-boxes, which led him in turn to make corrugated iron animals – the first being a cow made out of red corrugated iron.
Thomson’s works are held in private and public collections throughout NZ and Australia and can be found in parks and public places.