Current JD Stout Fellow

Meet our current JD Stout Fellow and find out more about their research project.

Damian Skinner

Current JD Stout Fellow Damian Skinner

Damian Skinner is an independent art historian and curator. He was curator of Applied Art and Design at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira from 2012-16, and a Newton International Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, in 2012-13. His most recent book was The Māori Meeting House: Introducing the Whare Whakairo, published by Te Papa Press in 2016.

He is currently completing a biography of artist Theo Schoon, and working with a team of international scholars to create a methodology for art history in settler-colonial societies.

Being Modern in New Zealand: A Biography of Theo Schoon

Theodorus Johannes Schoon (1915-1985) was a pioneering polymath artist, painter, printmaker, photographer, gourd and jade carver and ceramicist. A Dutchman, born and raised in Indonesia, who became a Pākehā in cultural outlook, Schoon was also a migrant who lived in New Zealand, Europe, Australia and Indonesia, and who used his sense of difference and being out-of-place to see in new ways. This biography introduces Schoon and his contribution to the development of art and culture in Aotearoa in the twentieth century, exploring a life misunderstood at the time and less well known now than it deserves to be.