Paul Hartigan is an important figure in New Zealand's contemporary art movement. Known for his striking neon sculptures and public installations he also has an established practice as a painter and printmaker and a significant body of work that is photo-based. His well-known love affair with Polaroid has continued enthusiastically since the 1970s.
Hartigan was born and brought up in Brooklands, New Plymouth, Taranaki. He moved to Auckland, attending Elam School of Fine Art 1971-73.