Ten Artists Score High in the NZ Art Show Award Finals

Ten Artists Score High in the NZ Art Show Award Finals

The NZ Art Show has selected 10 artworks as finalists for the show’s principal award, the $3,000 Brendan Foot Supersite Signature Piece Art Award. The award is the ‘People’s Choice’ award with the winner being decided by a public vote over the four day Show. This year’s NZ Art Show is being held in the TSB Bank Arena over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, from Friday,2 June to 5 June 2017.

One of the judges, Jane Hart, said, “The standard of the entries this year is astounding, which made it extremely difficult to select only 10. There are at least 20 artworks that could have been contenders, so it was tough saying ‘No’ to some outstanding pieces.”

All attendees to the show over the course of the four day show may vote and the artwork that receives the most votes will win $3,000.

“The finalists represent a wonderful variety of media and styles and I expect the show’s attendees will have a difficult time voting only for one artwork,” said Jane.

Carla Russell, the NZ Art Show’s Executive Director is delighted with the ten finalists.

“Now in its ninth year, this award is a premier prize for artists and it comes with significant benefits. The award is more than a $3,000 prize – it provides artists with additional recognition and profile, and has helped many recipients establish their careers as full-time professional artists,” said Carla.

“We are truly grateful to Lower Hutt car dealership Brendan Foot Supersite for sponsoring the award: they clearly share our commitment to New Zealand art and artists and we are fortunate to receive this sort of backing by local businesses.

The ten finalists, indicated in the image left to right, are:

‘Moonlight Glaciers’, hand-drawn ink pigment by Donna-Marie Patterson from Christchurch. Donna-Marie was a recipient of the 2016 RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award. Her practice investigates New Zealand’s landscapes and environment resulting in intricate and meticulous artworks.‘

‘Construction #5, wood and paint by Kate Elder, Wellington. Kate has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Diploma in furniture making. She creates wall hung sculptures that pay with negative and positive space.

‘Uncuandro’ acrylic on wood by Adam James, New Plymouth. Adam started painting in 2010. His keen interest in maths is evident in his bold geometric paintings.

Kenran’, watercolour and ink by Rika Nagahata, Wellington. Born in Japan, she studied printmaking at Osaka Art University. Although she uses inks and watercolours to create original artworks, the patterns and fine lines in her pieces reflect the intricacies of etching. Rika has been living in New Zealand since 2008.

Diamonds’, thread on velvet by Nelson artist Bruce Stilwell. Bruce is a first-time exhibitor with the NZ Art Show. His piece is a variation of a mathematics based art form popularized in the 70’s and the judges viewed it as a “luxuriant and sophisticated.”

‘Nonchalant’, bronze sculpture by Anneke Bester, Christchurch.  Born in South Africa, Anneke has been exhibiting with the NZ Art Show since 2009.

‘Blue Booty’, archival inkjet print by Willough McFarlane, Wellington. Willough’s photographic work explores the human construction of ideologies, both social and environmental. Willough was a recipient of the 2014 RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award. She is currently living in Sydney, Australia.

‘Auckland Impression II’, oil on canvas by Sam Sun, Auckland. Sam’s paintings are like candid snapshots of Auckland’s busy street life.

‘Less is Less 05’, photographic image on light-box, by room, Wellington. roOm has currently been investigating “light” through the lenses, combined with “light” as a final product. He often shoots at night, in order to create thought-provoking imagery for his light-boxes. This is the second year that roOm has been selected as a finalist for the Brendan Foot Supersite Signature Piece Art Award

‘No Title’, thermoformed Plexiglas and aluminium composite material by Tyler Jackson, Wellington. Originally from New Plymouth, Tyler completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington 2016. He was also a recipient of the 2016 RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award.