Claudia Grutke


In colours of the Pacific Ocean, as horizons disappear behind layers of fog, when sky and sea coalesce in winter rain my subjects reveal themselves to me.


You are welcome to visit my art and me in my studio at home. Just contact me to arrange a viewing. I look forward to showing you around.


Art is a form of communication that takes courage.

The aim is to evoke an emotional response in the viewer.

I am a painter and painting is my way to convey a segment of my soul.

Self taught, my abstract acrylic paintings explore aspects of nature.

In my creative process I let myself be guided by intuition. Images evolve as emotional reflection of my subject.

The process of painting is immediate and tactile.

I build structures and deconstruct layers of paint in a dynamic process.

I am fascinated by the flow of water and gravity.

Bold texture and flowing paint coexist in my art.

Finding balance is the challenge.

“Ocean view 01” by Claudia Grutke, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 61 cm x 61 cm

“Ocean view 01” by Claudia Grutke, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 61 cm x 61 cm


Claudia Grutke was born 1966 in Germany, where she lived, worked and studied until 1996. She immigrated to New Zealand in August 1996.

An interest in art started early. Drawing and painting was enjoyed as a pleasurable hobby for many years. While working professionally as a pharmacist, some private lessons were taken to explore drawing, painting and abstract art. Apart from these lessons she is mainly self-taught.

Claudia decided to turn her passion for art into a profession while living through the sequence of earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. After moving to the North Island of New Zealand in 2013, she now lives in Raglan and works from her studio at home.

She is the winner of the Artist of the Year competition 2014 by Chroma.

Claudia is represented online at Saatchi Art, her paintings have sold to collectors in New Zealand, USA and Europe.

Paintings are also available at the Kiwi Arthouse Gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington.

Claudia’s work was part of an international group exhibition at Galleria De Marchi, Bologna in December 2015 with a show to be repeated in November 2016. She accepted an invitation to show some of her work at the Hernandez Gallery in Milan, April 2016 as part of the “women’s essence project” with international participation. She was participating in another international group exhibition organised by Trevisan International Art at the Ateneo de Madrid, October 2016.

Some of her work was available at NZ Art Show in Wellington, June 2016 and at the Original Art Sale in Auckland, October 2016. Her work will be on show as part of the Kiwi Art House Gallery Christmas Exhibition at the CQ Hotel in Cuba Street, Wellington in December 2016.

A busy open studio weekend for the third year running is anticipated as part of the Raglan Arts Weekend in January 2017.

“Remember the cold nights” by Claudia Grutke, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 76 cm x 51 cm

"Remember the cold nights" by Claudia Grutke, acrylic on canvas, 2016, 76 cm x 51 cm