I was born and educated in Auckland and have iwi affiliations to Te Arawa and Te Atiawa. In 1984 I left New Zealand for the UK where I lived in London through the worst period of the AIDS crisis and saw at first hand its devastating effect on the gay community.
I worked for British Airways for nearly 20 years and travelled extensively, but while studying in my spare time towards an Art History degree realised I had found my next career. I returned to New Zealand in 2005 and opened Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland in 2007. My gallery represents contemporary artists from both New Zealand and Australia and my stable includes artists from the Aboriginal Art Centres in Mornington Island (QLD) and Warmun (WA).