“Baches & Birds” tells the story of what it is to be Kiwi. Staniford lovingly depicts scenes and relics of the past that speak of our connection to the land, the bush and the sea. His work is a gentle reminder that this style of life is just as much in danger of extinction as the beautiful Huia bird.

John Staniford was born in 1947 in Richmond, Surrey UK. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1961 and in 1965-67 studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland. A few years later took a trip back to the UK to study at the Camden Institute, London. He then travelled around Europe. Upon his return to NZ he has exhibited at various galleries around the country over the years.

In the 1970's John also established a screen printing business in Auckland while continuing to paint. His work has been included in the following publications: 'A Painted Country' and 'NZ's Favourite Artists & Artists Impressions of New Zealand.' In 2012 work was created for DOC, Boundary Stream bird conservation.

John's work has been sold nationally and internationally to buyers in USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Belgium.