Five Surface Active art prints on a sunlit gallery wall.

The New Zealand wildlife art prints of Surface Active

Since Chrissie and I were a kids we have been enthusiasts of the natural world and as design pARTners since 1985 our New Zealand nature wildlife art designs are an expression of this.

I finished four years of study in Graphic Design at Auckland Technical Institute in 1983. After a five year career as an advertising art director in Auckland, Christchurch, Hong Kong and Reykjavik I was equipped through illustration, graphic design, drawing and painting to achieve our aim of creating a variety of stimulating visual images that originate from the experiences and knowledge of the natural world that Chrissie and I bring to our collaborations. We create wildlife art of native birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, trees, plants and landscapes at locations all over New Zealand that I photograph, and we research the image libraries of renowned New Zealand wildlife photographers in search of reference for iconic imagery.


The Surface Active New Zealand Nature T-shirt Company range of t-shirt designs has been developed since the year 1986 when we first started screenprinting on the kitchen table in our flat, with frequent updates of new designs between 1988 to the present. We display our latest limited edition wildlife art prints using specialist room mock-up software. Please revisit every few weeks, I’m sure there will be some fresh images for you to look at. As full-time professionals 1988–2003 Chrissie and I designed over 100 original wildlife art designs with New Zealand, Antarctica and African “big five” megafauna themes. Since 2003 we have continued creating new designs and during lockdown 2020 and 2021 we created a new design every few weeks.

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Surface Active Retrospective exhibition poster. New Zealand Nature & Kiwiana t-shirts 1986—2021. A closeup portrait of Chrissie Terpstra and Shaun Waugh. Their heads are bursting through a big sheet of paper. To their right are four Surface Active t-shirt designs on ghosted short sleeve t-shirts.

Surface Active: A Retrospective of New Zealand Printmakers Chrissie Terpstra & Shaun Waugh (1986–2021)

This is the first retrospective dedicated to the works of the design pARTners behind Surface Active—The New Zealand Nature T-shirt Company—who mined their love of nature and of home, wonderful beautiful New Zealand.

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Surface Active Retrospective exhibition poster. New Zealand Nature & Kiwiana t-shirts 1986—2021. A closeup portrait of Chrissie Terpstra and Shaun Waugh. Their heads are bursting through a big sheet of paper. To their right are four Surface Active t-shirt designs on ghosted short sleeve t-shirts.
RETROSPECTIVE: A Retrospective Exhibition of Surface Active—The New Zealand Nature T-shirt Company T-shirts 1986–2021 by design pARTners Chrissie Terpstra and Shaun Waugh.
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