Sculpture & Paintings

Detail from the Exhibition "A Devotion to Form" showing at Welcome Swallow City Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand

3rd Feb - 31st Mar 2024

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There's more to the world than meets the eye. I have always been very interested in that which you can't see,  but what is very much present anyway.

Sylvia Sinel

"Thought forms" (2023) 900 x 1220 mm. Acrylic, oil and gold details on board. Custom framed. 


“In the beginning of time, I was handed a pair of quirky colorful shoes. These odd shoes have taken me around the world, often aside the beaten track where it’s less crowded and silence occasionally sings. They point me in directions where I notice details others often seem to miss, or maybe just don’t care about. I can sense stories, hidden patterns and above all, I can see color, line and form.”

Sylvia Sinel emigrated to New Zealand from Sweden 2013 and settled in Hamilton on the North Island. Sylvia's interdiciplinary Art practice spans over 35 years and her work can be found in many private collections world wide. Over the years she has worked with a variety of mediums and techniques, like painting, sculpture, writing, performance and anything i between. 

Sylvia is very much involved in the local Art Community and regularly teaches classes and workshops in various organisations. She was part of the start up team at Gallery 9 onbraid 2022 and is also a member of the team at The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum.

"Time Travel" (2021) Stoneware with runic inscriptions and  24ct gold details. Sold at Welcome Swallow Gallery.


Here are a few images from my exhibition "Peripheral Vision" which was exhibitied at The Mandarin Tree in Gordonton in November 2023, and from the retrospective exhibition  "A Devotion to Form" at The Welcome Swallow Gallery in Hamilton Feb-Mar 2024. There were over 100 works in the latter. Please contact me if you would like a free digital copy of the exhition catalogue. Follow me on Instagram to see more work and what I'm up to at present.

Details from the exhibition "Peripheral Vision" at The Mandarin Tree 2023

"Bubbles" (2022) Ceramic installation 17 pcs. Appproximately 1250 x 1250 mm

Detail from the exhibition "A Devotion to Form" at The Welcome Swallow City Gallery 2024

"Essence" (2023) Acrylic & Oil on board. 1220 x 900 mm

"Papatuanuku - The Earth Mother" (2023) Terracotta

Detail from the exhibition "Peripheral Vision" at The Mandarin Tree 2023

A Devotion to Form

Here is a small selection of work I have made over the past ten years whilst living in New Zealand.

Many of these were included in the 10 year retrospective exhibition "A Devotion to Form" showing at The Welcome Swallow City Gallery in Hamilton during Feb-Mar 2024. Please contact me if you would like a free copy of the exhibition catalogue and any with any enquries at all. I would love to hear from you! Follow me on instagram to see more work and what I'm up to at present.



Solo Exhibitions

  • 2024 "A Devotion to Form" Welcome Swallow Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2023 "Peripheral Vision" The Mandarin Tree, Gordonton, New Zealand
  • 2012 "Here and now" Gallery Kyrkskolan Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2011 "This is it" Kistamässan, Stockholm, Sweden                              
  • 2009 "Tales by a fairy with elephant feet" Gallery Lorentzon Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2004 "Forbidden Fruit" Gallery Hagström Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1998 Fisher Gallery Pakuranga, New Zealand 
  • 1996 Gallery Premiär Falun, Sweden

Award Finalist & Group Shows

  • 2023 Finalist WSA Small Sculpture Prize, Hamilton New Zealand
  • 2022 Finalist Finalist RT Nelson Sculpture Award
  • 2022 Finalist Portage Ceramic Awards, Auckland New Zealand
  • 2021 Memories in the Landscape Waitakaruru sculpture park
  • 2021 Ambiguity group show WS Gallery
  • 2021 Finalist RT Nelson Sculpture Award
  • 2021 WORK, Never projectplace GRRRL Fest
  • 2021 Small Sculpture prize, Waiheke Island
  • 2020 UKU 2020
  • 2019 Waiclay National Ceramics Award
  • 2019 Small Sculpture prize, Waiheke Island
  • 2019 No8 National Wire Award
  • 2018 Finalist Rick Rudd’s emerging practitioner in Clay Award
  • 2018 UKU 2018
  • 2018 Imery’s national tableware exhibition, 
  • 2017 National Waiclay Ceramic Awards
  • 2017 NZ Potter’s national tableware exhibition
  • 2016 Imerey’s national tableware exhibition
  • 2016 "Birdbrain" Calder & Lawson Gallery
    Curated by Sybille Schlumbom
  • 2015 Waiclay National Ceramics Awards
  • 2015 NZ Potters National exhibition
  • 2011 Höstsalongen Haninge kulturhus Stockholm
  • 2011 Kulturstigen “Meeting” Stockholm
  • 2009 Kulturstigen “Money” Stockholm
  • 2000 SKF’s 25th Anniversary Stockholm
  • 1998 Waitakere Art Trust Award Auckland
  • 1998 Fisher Gallery Pakuranga


      • 2023 Mac's mud Award at Waikato Society of Potters annual exhibition
      • 2016 Recognition of Achievement for Diploma in Ceramic Arts, Otago Polytechnic.
      • 2015 Merit Award "The Occasion of a Meal" - NZP Tertiary Student Competition
      • 2015 Highly Commended Award "Contrast & Union" - NZ Potter's National Exhibition.

      Public Commissions

      • 2022 DM Trust -  Matariki 7 Paintings
      • 2022 Art in Nature Trust - Ruru Sculpture
      • 2022 DM Trust - Totem Sculpture


      Otago Polytechnic 2015-2016

      • Diploma in Ceramic Arts
        Graduated with Recognition of Achievement 

      Stockholm University 2002-11

      • Art Pedagogy I
      • Philosophy
      • Folk Art
      • Astronomy vs Astrology

      University of Dalarna 2008

      • Physics A

      Ölands folkhögskola 2002

      • Certificate in stone sculpting

      Paletten Art School 1994-95

      • Diploma in Painting, Sculpting and Art history

      + Multitude of workshops in various techniques.


      • TVNZ’s Neighbourhood Chartwell/Rototuna 2016
      • Pecha Kucha Volume 23, 2016. At the Hamilton Garden Arts festival
      • Pecha Kucha Volume 18, 2014 in Hamilton. Part of Spark International Festival of Media, Arts & Design
      • Circus le Fou 2001-2002 Trapeze acrobat.

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