In the ’80s, ’90s, and early 21st century Ian’s passion as a fine artist failed to earn a decent income that led to a change of direction by birthing Legal Graffiti Design Group with the vision of a “One-stop shop” for Graphic Design, Fine Art, and Photography,  prior to the computer revolution.

On the back of receiving a Government grant through gaining a Business Management Diploma from Orewa Colledge of Business Management, LGDG harnessed Ian’s design, illustration, and photography skills to service the growing wealth and new vision of Matakana Coast and Wine Country.

This was pre-Rodney District amalgamating into Auckland, new technology, and the expected urban spread.

Rather than traveling to Auckland city professionals “Why not stay local”, and Ian envisaged business and the private sector could be serviced from Warkworth.

In 2012 a lifelong mysterious mental health issue reared its ugly head and became a roadblock to growth. After some years of isolation, near bankruptcy, counseling, prayer, and a deep transparent search for answers he has bounced back to this new incarnation of creativity.
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The team
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Ian Anderson
Managing Director
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Ian Anderson Fine Artist Photographer

Prior to Ian’s commercial successes, he learned artist-craftsman skills in the hippy drug culture of Australia and New Zealand.

A deeply moving spiritual experience transformed his life direction. Before long he became a graphic artist, campaign designer, illustrator, and craftsman with news media and commercial studios.

Ian’s accolades include assistant art and creative director, fashion and editorial illustrator, political cartoonist, campaign director, craftsman, and photographer.  

Initially stubborn, he reluctantly migrated from the drafting drawing board into the new digital technology in cameras and computers.

His photographic skills developed from a passion to photograph nature. Mostly self-taught (through multiple bloopers) Ian had huge input from peers in the industry.

He won numerous awards morphing into a photography career ably supporting his graphic design inspirations.

Anna Thoroughgood
Intern Photographer
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I’m passionate about photography! I love how it facilitates stopping time for a split second and keeps that moment forever. Sometimes instants that pass too fast to see will be frozen by a camera… and we get insights into another world. 

I was gifted my first camera in 2008 and picked up skills along the way. I completed a photography course with The Photography Institute NZ in 2017 and learned many skills from listening to photography judges doing their thing, and working with photographer Ian Anderson.

The beauty of Creation is endless, and I love to capture some of its many shapes and forms, with people, animals, and the great outdoors. 

Raewyn Dench
Bookkeeper
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Raewyn has been on the team as a bookkeeper and at times Office Manager for Legal Graffiti Design Group since 2016. She is very dedicated to reconciling the business accounts.

Raewyn came to Legal Graffiti after a years hiatus at home from a long career at the ASB bank. She refreshed her life in the garden with her dog Benson, reading, and coffee mornings with friends. 

Her British/Welsh roots show up in her 20-year passion for cars cruising around New Zealand in her 26-year-old MG convertible.

When Raewyn’s not busy with needlework, gardening, or traveling the world, she organizes events as social secretary of the local MG Group.

Fine Art panorama at Tawharanui Regional Park Anchor Bay
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