Allan Gale


Allan Gale is a well known New Zealand wood engraver who was born in 1947 in Lower Hutt in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

In 1971 he began woodcarving in a secluded bush valley at Waiotemarama, Hokianga where he still lives. Initially he made wooden bowls, bone carvings and Windsor chairs, and later diversified into wood sculpture.

Allan uses the end grain of kauri and carves the picture he wants on the wood. For single colour prints he uses a single piece of wood, and uses additional pieces of kauri for each new colour.

In 1987 he began wood engraving using hand held graves on end grain kauri blocks, and also began printmaking. Allan is a self-taught artist who has been practising for many years.

Allan currently resides in the energetic community of Waimamaku, South Hokianga, in the Far North of New Zealand.