Iain Cheesman

Combining a love of words, hand-crafted canniness, and a passion for the preposterous – Iain’s work is a perennial favourite at The Vivian.

You’ll first experience Iain’s art the moment you get out of the car. There, standing proud in bright pink at over 3-metres high, is his monumental stainless-steel sculpture, ‘Idiots’, commissioned in 2018 by The Vivian.*

It’s an appropriate introduction to an artist who has continually bucked the fashion trends of the art world (while often having lots of fun with them at the same time). Universally accessible, yet engagingly complex, Iain’s work restlessly searches for answers to a far more profound and deeper question; what does it mean to live as a human being in our chaotic, post-truth world today?

Using historical references, personal stories, abandoned bird boxes, embroidered felt disks, stacked bowls, hand-carved totems, and of course his signature hand-painted wooden and bronze arrows, Iain’s work is both instantly recognisable, and utterly unique.

*Idiots is available as an edition of 3 + 1AP. Other sizes available.

Photo Craig Ray


      Iain Cheesman's 'Little Idiots', 2018

Scott - short description of the small idiots works with sizes. Do you want to put the price in here also?


Iain Cheesman
      Idiots of the Month

As competitions go, you'd have to be an idiot not to try this one. All you have to do is actually visit The Vivian (no excuses, we're only an hour north of Auckland), take the most idiotic picture you can in front of Iain's bright pink monument to misplaced misunderstanding, post it on Facebook or Instagram and send us a screen shot to thevivian@thevivian.co.nz

We'll pick a winner each month (free cinema tickets!) and by December 1, 2018 pick an overall winner for the grand prize of... your very own 'Little Idiots' limited edition model (Worth $1200!). Go for it!

Images © Craig Ray

 You could WIN this unique edition (1/20) of Iain Cheesman's 'Little Idiots', 2018.

You could WIN this unique edition (1/20) of Iain Cheesman's 'Little Idiots', 2018.