Ian George, New Zealand born Cook Islander, graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam – University of Auckland. Ian is employed as the arts advisor and curriculum manager for the Ministry of Education in the Cook Islands. Kay George has a Master of Art and Design degree from AUT – Auckland NZ. and always loved fashion, fabric and art fusing these passions into a highly successful and creative career .
In 1988 the couple made the decision to make an extended visit to the homeland of Ian’s parents to explore their respective creative interest. Seven years later they returned to New Zealand to re connect with the emerging Pacific art scene. During this time, Ian was the Cook Island member on the Pacific Committee for the Creative New Zealand Funding Board, Chairperson for Tautai Contemporary Visual Art Trust and Head of Art at Hillary College.
Beginning 2002 the couple settled permanently in the Cook Islands and established The Art Studio in the village of Arorangi. Attached to the main gallery is the textile room with a small range of hand – painted clothing and printed fabrics by Kay. Each year The Art Studio along with their sponsors presents four main shows showcasing works from the artists in the Cook Islands with the occasional exhibition of artists who visit the Cook Islands.