Jessica Gurnsey, Lady Day, 2021, Acrylic on canvas (self-portrait)
Jessica Gurnsey is an 18 year old artist from Wellington, now based in Auckland. She is currently studying at Elam School of Fine Arts. Jessica is the youngest winner in the history of the Adam Award.
“We were impressed how detailed and revealing this image is of the sitter who reaches out to the viewer as she strikes a pose for the camera in her friend’s bedroom. She has introduced a detailed view of the bedroom where you can make out photographs and album covers for Lou Reed, Oasis, Talking Heads as well as colourful bedding and cherry red Doc Martens. This is an assured painting which is both compelling and rewards close study.”— Judges comment