July 24 – 16 August 2020

Fifty-nine aspiring artists have entered Percy Thomson Gallery’s premier art competition for young and emerging Taranaki artists; TSB Community Trust EMERGENCE Award for Young Taranaki Artists 2020.

Taranaki artist Dwayne Duthie, whose ‘art subjects deal to the current state of human condition’ is exhibiting in Gallery 2. 

The bi-annual inaugural event was first held in 2018.

There are several cash prizes for different categories with the winner receiving $2000 and a special trophy created by New Plymouth artist Ché Rogers. 

The judges are Laura Campbell, Researcher and Art Historian, and Justin Jade Morgan, Artist and Exhibition Component Fabricator, both from Puke Ariki. Laura is a strong advocate for the role art plays in our society and currently works in the Heritage Collections team at Puke Ariki.  Laura is also organiser of Puke Ariki’s Homework exhibition. Justin’s individual arts practice dovetails between group collaborations, individual pieces and extended projects. Developing performative pieces, installations, drawings, audio and photographic works that explore the relationship between physical objects and life as performance.

To enter EMERGENCE the young artist must be born in Taranaki, live in Taranaki, or have attended secondary school in Taranaki and be aged 14 to 26 years on July 3, 2020.

The TSB Community Trust EMERGENCE Award for Young Taranaki Artists aims to empower and encourage the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists from Taranaki, whilst providing a showcase for their works.

The exhibition runs from July 24 – August 16, 2020.

The gala opening event will be held on Friday 24 July, 6.30pm with guest speaker Peter Dalziel, a board member of TSBCT.

There are several categories with prizes, including painting, 2D (apart from painting), creative fibre, 3D, photography plus a secondary school’s division.

A people’s choice award will be decided at exhibition close.

Gallery director, Rhonda Bunyan, is delighted with the response and says the calibre of artwork is high.

"All age-groups are represented, from 14 – 26. It is going be such a confidence booster for these young artists, many of whom will be exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. I encourage the Taranaki community to support them, to turn out to congratulate them all!"

Bunyan says it is crucial to initiate positive outcomes/experience for budding young artists in the region, providing a platform for them to share their talent with the wider community.

    

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Supreme Award Winners


Supreme Winner
and Painting Winner

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Jack Perkins

'Echo'

Jack Perkins
Age: 19

Most of the time I’ll start a painting with an idea of a feeling or expression moreso than an idea of colour or composition. For this painting I wanted to express a sense of vulnerability. It’s something I find difficult to express, both physically and verbally, due to it often feeling like a burden to others or
simply as being weak. However, it tends to come out as a subject when I paint, which is sort of cathartic in itself. Because vulnerability is something which is often shown through a feminine lens or figure, I am drawn to exploring it; maybe more dramatically than need be, to get the point across, through a more masculine subject or point of view. I think the base feeling of being vulnerable is something everyone can relate to, no matter the context behind its cause or how it is individually expressed.

Echo
Jack Perkins
Acrylic 560mm x 710mm
⬤ $550 SOLD

Runner-up
Supreme Award

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Haoro Hond

'Nōku Te Whenua'

Haoro Hond
Age: 26

He puawai au i runga I tikanga he rau rengarenga nō roto I te Raukura. Ko taku raukura he manawanui ki te ao.
I flourish within Parihaka’s principles,
I find wellbeing in the symbol of the raukura;
my raukura is my resilience in the world.

A cat stalks an owl, symbolic of the Crown trying to deceive and capture Maori and their land. The image was a Kōruru on one of the Parihaka meeting houses. The red figure represents ancestors buried under Taranaki Maunga. It represents Mana Tangata. The statement made is, ‘This is our Whenua’. This piece makes many references to Parihaka and its struggles ofpeaceful protest.

I am a young emerging artist from Taranaki. I developed skills and knowledge at Toihoukura, in Gisborne, where I completed a three-year undergraduate Degree in Māori Visual Arts.

Nōku Te Whenua
Haoro Hond
Acrylic on canvas 500mm x 1525mm
$6000

Third-Place
Supreme Award

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Blake Tanner

'Transcendence'

Blake Tanner
Age: 20

I have always loved robots and monsters and other things of fantastical nature which has fueled my desire to paint them. The feeling of bringing to life something that doesn’t, or couldn’t, exist is an excitement that fufills the young child inside me. For this piece I was undergoing a transition from acrylic to oil paint as a medium and wanted to create something bold and striking with some mystery and story behind it. I built the piece in a series of layers and washes to form the gesture and underlying mood and gradually finished off with thicker bolder strokes to bring the painting to a finish.

Transcendence
Blake Tanner
Acrylic 990mm x 1524mm
$2750


2020 Judges

Laura
Campbell

Researcher, Puke Ariki ǀ Art Historian

Laura is a strong advocate for the vital role art plays in our society. She lived in Wellington for fifteen years and during that time immersed herself in the city’s thriving arts scene. In 2016 Laura gained a Master of Arts (Distinction) in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington, under the supervision of notable art historians, the late Dr Roger Blackley and Dr Geoffrey Batchen. Her specialist areas are nineteenth and twentieth century New Zealand art history. Since graduating Laura has worked in multiple art galleries and museums around New Zealand; working as a gallery administrator, researcher, curator and freelance arts writer. She continues to publish for many leading academic art publications on New Zealand’s art history. Laura is also on the Executive Leadership Committee for Taranaki Young Professionals, which actively promotes networking and encourages young individuals to thrive in their chosen careers.

Laura currently works in the Heritage Collections team at Puke Ariki. This year she is curating Puke Ariki’s Home Work: Taranaki Art 2020 (26 September 2020 – 8 February 2021). She is working alongside artists Reuben Paterson and Ngāhina Hohaia to make selections for this upcoming exhibition. Home Work is popular with the local community as it celebrates the vibrant art scene our region is known for and brings together artwork created right around te mounga. Laura is a big supporter of local artists being celebrated on ‘the big stage’ and will continue to collaborate with them on future projects.

Justin Jade Morgan

Exhibition Component & Support Fabricator, Puke Ariki

With an open and inclusive approach, Justin has been involved in the creative sector for 20 years working as a curator, director and educator. Growing up in New Plymouth his interest for the arts developed through time spent; with local artists, working at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and being the founding curator of Justart a local artist project that then grew into a national / international programme (JJMorgan and Co) for emergent/mid-career artists (2002-2014)  New Plymouth/Wellington/Auckland, New Zealand.

His professional practice has seen him work for a number of organisations such as;  Waikato Museum, Wallace Gallery, NZ Contemporary Arts Trust (Auckland Art Fair/Artweek), New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts,  W.I.T.T and the Learning Connexion to name a few. 

Justin’s individual arts practice dovetails between group collaborations, individual pieces and extended projects. Developing performative pieces, installations, drawings, audio and photographic works that explore the relationship between physical objects and life as performance. His projects have featured in the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, The Dowse, Lopdell House Gallery (NZ), the Border Museum (Slovenia), Digital Fringe 08 (Melbourne), 3rd ‘Arhipelag’ International Contemporary Arts Festival (Solvenia & Italy), International Museum of Collage, Mexico and ‘ArtColle’, France with residencies and other temporary projects taking place in France, Germany, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a post graduate diploma in Art and Design and a Master of Arts Management (Distinction). Bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise back home, he is now an integral part of the Puke Ariki exhibitions team, working as an Exhibition Component & Support Fabricator.

Category Awards

Photography Winner

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Connor Smith

i. Alea lacta est 
ii. Ad meliora 
iii. Luce absente, tenebrae vincunt

Connor Smith
Age: 26

I am an abstract photographic artist, inspired by my love of cinema. I like to create highly subjective content, with each piece still holding a great personal resonance; acting as an emotional mirror for when I generated the work – a simulacrum of a time and emotion. I eschew Photoshop and achieve my results through minimal digital affectation. Acceptance begets growth, but perhaps at the behest of darkness, triumphant. With this Triptych I offer a glimpse into a soul seemingly in retrograde; the emotional trials and mental tribulations undertaken in a search for inner peace and understanding. This is the loss of self: an interior death stoking the fires of hope and desire to rise anew and challenge a mind beside itself. 

Blooming spires of hope fill the air;
Ensnared possibilities inure a tired mind;
Is it real? Is anything; Real?
Vibrations return and nurture.
We are unleashed;
We are reborn;
We were lost;
And now Found.

i. Alea lacta est ii. Ad meliora iii. Luce absente, tenebrae vincunt
Photographs on acrylic
Triptych $2250

2D Artist (non-painting)
Winner

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Hayley Elliott-Kernot

'Stories'

Hayley Elliot-Kernot
Age: 24

Since the beginning of time, people have told stories - in words, paint and gesture. Creating, dreaming, retelling and remembering is at the heart of every culture - and is the basis of who we are as human beings.

Stories are as numerous as individuals, and yet this artwork pays tribute to threads of commonality that tie together our beautiful, diverse heritage. It seeks to acknowledge differences, whilst depicting underlying themes and emotions that hold stories together, including love, fear, loyalty and betrayal. It draws on ancient cultures, from the Titaness of Memory, Mynemosyne, to Thoth, god of writing and wisdom, to Xochipilli, the Aztec deity of creativity.

Legends are unique and varied but if you look closer, there is the same heart beneath them all, the heart that makes us human. In 2020 we are moving forward to tell new stories about the world and about ourselves; about the worlds we want to create. This artwork is about looking to the past, the future, and most of all, our shared passion and unity, regardless of age, gender, religion or race.

Stories
Hayley Elliott-Kernot
Ink and Gold Leaf 1100mm x 900mm
$1600


3D Winner

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Melissa Marriott

'Human Nature'

Melissa Marriott
Age: 21

This sculpture was designed to create a sense of age and a blending of humanity with the natural world. I combined techniques of casting and sculpting to create a hand that looks like an ancient stone sculpture but, on closer inspection, delicate creases and folds of skin are visible; too fine to be hewn from stone...as if, instead of a carving, the hand was perhaps once flesh. The hand gently cradles a solitary tree, overgrown with vines. I wanted to examine the ‘hand’ humans play in the world of nature. In psychology the concept of ‘Nature vs Nurture’ is frequently discussed – but do we have the capacity to nurture nature? The natural world sustains us. What are we without it if we cannot reciprocate? The future of nature is in our hands. OUR future is in our hands. Greed will leave society in ruins – crumbling hands reaching for a memory of the hope we let wither. But love may save us, if we let our hands join with those of Mother Nature to lift and support the world we were given.

Human Nature
Melissa Marriott
Mixed Media 160mm (h)
$749


Fibre Art Winner

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Jessica Taunt

'La Princess Aurora'

Jessica Taunt
Age: 22

This tutu was constructed as part of my final year of study towards a Diploma in Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. It is based on a costume design by Bakst, originally for Anna Pavlova, as Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.
It was part of the annual Costume Showcase in 2019 where a classical dancer performed a solo wearing my creation.

La Princess Aurora
Jessica Taunt
Costume design and manufacture
NFS


Winner
Secondary School Section

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

George Newton

'Colour of Composure'

George Newton
Age: 17

This work was inspired by the raw emotion that is not often seen behind a composed stature. The painting was made built up with layers stripped back, done with a mix of drawing, palette knife and brush creating interesting texture. The stripping back reveals that underneath the cool, calm composure we are a mix of feelings and emotions, but predominantly two emotions. Blue and purple represent the shadows of anxiety which hides in the darkness. Red and orange represent fear facing the spotlight. These two emotions are what hold people back in life.

I have used marine ply for my work. Firstly I drew the figure, then undercoated, then blocked in the primary colours with a brush, finally adding detail, texture and highlight with a palette knife.

Colour of Composure
George Newton
Acrylic on Ply 600mm x 800mm
$1500


Runner-up
Secondary School Section

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Lauchlan Moles

'Let You Live, But I Regret'


Lachlan Moles
Age: 16

Perceptions of racism was the inspiration for this painting; mainly the heartbreaking event regarding George Floyd’s death and what happened after. My piece shows how people hold differing perspectives on racism, seeing both the front of the face or the side of the other face at one time. As a young Pakeha I can’t relate to the emotions and the toll that racism has on others. The painting shows the pain of racism. The use of the illusion shows that people have different viewpoints or see racism through different lenses. Everyone needs to play their part in putting racism in the centre of our thoughts and decisions, just as I have placed the face in the middle of the canvas. I combined the meridian red colour with black into the facial colour to create a dark purple/crimson colour which stresses the pain that has been faced for many generations. A scraped-style background of bright blues shows that even though this is a problem, there is a bright side to it; it is positive that we are empathetic and noticing that this needs to change. The turquoise colour represents myself as it is an empathetic colour and a colour of feelings. I enjoy creating realism paintings and I believe it fits, as racism is a very real problem. I enjoyed painting this piece. I feel strongly about what’s happening around the world and hope we may we be able to see and experience what the man is feeling. I feel as though the strength of this image is revealed in his stern face and he projects his feelings onto me.

Let You Live, But I Regret
Lachlan Moles
Acrylic 300mm x 405mm
$220

SOLD

Third-Place
Secondary School Section

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Hannah Hitchcock

'Set in Stone'

Hannah Hitchcock
Age: 15

I was inspired by the tuatara’s appearance; how, over millions of years, it has evolved to camouflage with its surroundings. It is the sole-surviving member of its order, and is considered an ariki, the form of a god in Maori legend. I chose colours similar to that of rocky shores, as the tuatara overlooks the landscape of Poor Knights Island, one of the few places tuatara are still found in the wild.

Set in Stone
Hannah Hitchcock
Ink and pencil 420mm x 297mm
$500

SOLD

Judges' Awards

Highly Commended

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Kennedy Cavey​

'Jon'

Kennedy Cavey
Age: 22

Looking at the temporal dimension of drawing, I am interested in the purposeful ‘slowing down’ of an image, especially in an era where we are bombarded with imagery and consumed with instant gratification. This endurance-based work ethic operates as a kind of mapping of time and my actions as the drawer, thus bringing back this intimacy of touch and the notion of the artist hand. Jon is a drawing from a photograph of my dad. It was not a concern of mine to make my work photo-realistic, but to create a drawing through time and gestures. I found that transcribing this image through drawings didn’t preserve its original qualities but loses and collects different characteristics through its reproduction. This has meant accepting that I do not hold the ability to reproduce an image as faithfully as a camera. Alternatively, I appreciate the mistakes instilled through my own involvement in the rendering of this image.

Jon
Kennedy Cavey
Graphite 670mm x 820mm
NFS


Judges'
Encouragement Award

in the TSB Community Trust Emergence Award
for Young Taranaki Artists 2020

Rhiannon Higgs

'Interior Inverted'

Rhiannon Higgs
Age: 19

Interior Inverted explores the construction of our homes in a reimagined perspective. Our homes are a literal representation of the way we live – they sculpt our movement and the way we see the world around us. From the doorways we walk through to the picture frames we look into - rectangles shape our lives. What would happen if we reconsidered the spaces around us and walked into the unknown? This space of invention is where my passion for design began and has lead to my study at Massey University in Wellington where I am pursuing a career in Spatial and Fashion Design.

Interior Inverted
Rhiannon Higgs
Photography 420mm x 297mm
$325

SOLD

Finalists

Photography

Blue Lace - Ashleigh GeorgePhotography 250mm x 200mm NFS
Blue Lace

Ashleigh George

Photography 250mm x 200mm NFS

Ashleigh George
Age: 18

I took inspiration from a recent trip to the Len Lye Centre to see the NCEA Top Art exhibition, and by chance checked out some of Len Lye’s movies being projected on a massive scale onto the walls there. My classmates and I had been posing in front of these movies when I thought it would be interesting to explore this through my photography. I used Google to source images of lace, and by using a projector and coloured LED lighting, explored ways this might create different shapes and forms on my model. I chose this photo because I like the depth created by pointing the blue light behind my model’s outstretched arms. Her hands formed a window around her eyes to leave the viewer feeling they might be being watched, as much as they are viewing the image also. This photo was taken as part of a series of photos for my Year 13, photography portfolio.

Angus - Jordyn CoplestonePhotograph 1000mm x 685mm $400
Angus

Jordyn Coplestone

Photograph 1000mm x 685mm $400

Jordyn Coplestone
Age: 21

I am a young rural photographer based in the back-country of Taranaki. My photography journey started in 2019 after double shoulder surgery. I picked up a camera for something to fill in my day as I was based on the farm while recovering. This photo was taken early morning; the Angus herd in preparation for weaning on the home property.

Femininity - Caitlin BennettPhotography 250 x 200 NFS
Femininity

Caitlin Bennett

Photography 250 x 200 NFS

Caitlin Bennett
Age: 17

This piece was made specifically to amplify the femininity of my model. I personally came across the idea of feminism when I was struggling with my own body image and was trying to find the femininity within myself after being lost for at least a year prior. The entire photo-shoot helped me personally and I was hoping it would inspire my models and anyone else viewing my work. This photo was one of many made in a small room with very few lights and resources; the whole day was based on just going with the flow. There wasn’t a lot of planning behind it so the outcome was rather surprising and made me proud. This was part of my School Photography Portfolio.

Prom Dress - Jamie SicilianoPhotography 200mm x 250mm NFS
Prom Dress

Jamie Siciliano

Photography 200mm x 250mm NFS

Jamie Siciliano
Age: 18

I took this photo for my 2019 school photography board. My theme was fantasy. My board was influenced by photographers Kirsty Mitchell and Sam Taylor. I liked the idea of using the theme of nature from Kirsty and the theme of levitation from Sam. To capture this image I travelled to an area up Mount Taranaki. The natural surroundings worked well for the photos that I was hoping to achieve. For this image I placed my friend Jessica up high on a rock. The wind helped with the image as it blew the dress. I then used Photoshop to ‘remove’ Jessica, to make it appear as if the dress is floating. I think this is one of my most successful photos. I like how the image has a feeling of unreality and surrealism. I think it makes the viewer feel intrigued and fascinated, and question how the particular image was created.

Multiple Taranaki - Amy TauntPhotography 400mm x 400mm $210
Multiple Taranaki

Amy Taunt

Photography 400mm x 400mm $210

Amy Taunt
Age: 24

I am a young artist and photographer based in Stratford. I completed a Bachelor or Art and Design majoring in Photography through Whitireia Polytechnic in 2016. My passion is landscape photography. This piece is something different to my normal work where I have experimented with multiple exposure and landscape.

Orbit -  Tessa BarryPhotography 148mm x 210mm $100
Orbit

Tessa Barry

Photography 148mm x 210mm $100

Tessa Barry
Age: 17

I think my Papa Don would have liked this.

Painting

Aires in Nature - India SturzakerAcrylic, 510mm x 620mm NFS
Aires in Nature

India Sturzaker

Acrylic, 510mm x 620mm NFS

India Sturzaker
Age: 20

The character in the painting is myself. The ram horns are my star sign (Aires). Aires is surrounded by nature, particularly flowers and butterflies. The flowers symbolise different people as well as memories from when I was young (the lillies, my grandmother; the iris, carnations and camelias the flowers I grew up around). The butterflies symbolise my late father. Aires’ eyes are closed - since all those people and my childhood are gone now I can no longer see them, although this does not mean that they are not still with me.

Contrast - Ashlee RobinsonAcrylic 760mm x 610mm $560
Contrast

Ashlee Robinson

Acrylic 760mm x 610mm $560

Ashlee Robinson
Age: 25

Kia ora koutou. I am a contemporary Māori artist who aims to depict important messages/ events through my art. Contrast depicts the state of our world during quarantine, in comparison to what we once knew. A vibrant colourful life suddenly thrust inside a black and white cage. I encourage viewers to find the beauty within the contrast!

Distance - Melissa McCulloughPaint and glitter 700mm x 700mm $999
Distance

Melissa McCullough

Paint and glitter 700mm x 700mm $999

Melissa McCullough
Age: 19

This contemporary figurative piece expresses multiple elements of the Pandemic. Use of glitter and bold bright colours emphasise the contrast between the subjects’ bodies and their mask-covered faces. Colours also serve to express the deep personal introspection people experienced during Lockdown. Figures from both traditional sexes are visible, although separated by distance; this being an overt reference to legally-enforced social distancing. The figures’ nudity is intended to touch on themes of sexuality, an aspect of life that was affected for many during Lockdown. This work reflects that, despite difficulty in accessing art supplies during Lockdown, the aforementioned personal introspection and requirement to stay inside helped me grow as an artist.

Mac Miller - Ailis LayColoured pencil 330mm x 410mm NFS
Mac Miller

Ailis Lay

Coloured pencil 330mm x 410mm NFS

Ailis Lay
Age: 17

I wanted to experiment with coloured pencils for the first time, rather than watercolour, which is my my preferred medium. This started out as an experimental piece to see what I could achieve with the pencils, trying to overcome the bloom and waxiness, to get the depth of shading and contrasts that were needed. I enjoyed the process and was surprised at the results. Mac Miller died of an overdose at the height of his career and I feel strongly about how drugs ruin lives.

Woman - Caitlin Manley Acrylic 180mm x 310mm NFS
Woman

Caitlin Manley Acrylic 180mm x 310mm NFS

Caitlin Manley
Age: 17

This work is inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings and Christa Rijneveld’s work.

I gathering numerous household items and photographed them. I also drew numerous sketches of the image and painted the flowers that were within my image of my household items. My flowers were created in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. My images combine O’Keeffe’s style mixed with Christa Rijenveld. Christa Rijenveld’s artwork is based on the female anatomy; her forms also look like flowers, and I have incorporated this into my piece of artwork.

This artwork was part of my 2019 art portfolio board for NCEA.

The Succulent Girl - Abbie WoodAcrylic 630mm x 602mm NFS
The Succulent Girl

Abbie Wood

Acrylic 630mm x 602mm NFS

Abbie Wood
Age: 15

On my journey to find my personal art style, I have been experimenting with different media and textures. The artist who inspired this piece was Audrey Kawasaki. I focused on her style of painting on timber and featuring female figures. I decided to base the girl’s face on mine to explore self-portraiture and added succulents into this piece to reflect my love of flora.

Calm and Quiet - Hannah SmithAcrylic 500mm x 400mm $90
Calm and Quiet

Hannah Smith

Acrylic 500mm x 400mm $90

Hannah Smith
Age: 14

This is more of a memory of just sitting in the silence near a farm.

Broken Yet Free - Louis NewtonAcrylic on Ply 600mm x 800mm $1500
Broken Yet Free

Louis Newton

Acrylic on Ply 600mm x 800mm $1500

Louis Newton
Age: 17

This work is a figure of the Greek god Apollo with the top half stone and the bottom half realistic. This signifies that you were set in stone and are breaking off to a colourful life, away from Society’s normal. You were stuck in that normal, now free to be your true self. I painted on varnished marine ply on which I first drew the figure, then undercoated, then blocked in the main colours, finally adding detail with a small brush.

Moonlight Stroll - Katie Coplestone-Tipler Acrylic 245mm x 295mm $60
Moonlight Stroll

Katie Coplestone-Tipler

Acrylic 245mm x 295mm $60

Katie Coplestone-Tipler
Age: 24

Painting landscapes and plant-life is a hobby of mine; it is a reflection on a place where one would rather be... imaginary places of peace and ambience.

Healing of Time - Kaiah BloorAcrylic 200mm x 421mm NFS
Healing of Time

Kaiah Bloor

Acrylic 200mm x 421mm NFS

Kaiah Bloor
Age: 17

I explored ideas looking through glass and seeing a different perspective. A wine glass overflows with water, creating a puddle that reveals the reflection of a colourful sky. My artwork reflects the idea of ‘the glass half full’, where a good outcome, or something of beauty, can be the result of hard work and focus. It’s easy to lose track of the important things in life and when we get distracted we can fill the glass too much, making a mess and missing out on great opportunities. As time passes we can get the chance to mend and heal the damage that we may have made through our past, or ‘clean up the spill’. The reflection of the clouds in the puddle reflects on the rewards that can be gained when the effort is put into making a change within ourselves. This piece was from my 2019 NCEA artboard.

It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream - Marie GoldsworthyAcrylic 200mm x 400mm $850
It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream

Marie Goldsworthy

Acrylic 200mm x 400mm $850

Marie Goldsworthy
Age: 22

Named after a nostalgic song by Sarah Vaughan, this piece depicts a bittersweet longing for the past. It is a self-portrait which developed over bouts of grief and depression in processing the death of a friend. The girl is entrapped in vines and holds the key to free herself of this (the knife) but is content in not doing so. She enjoys reminiscing, although it is painful and she has, thus far, chosen not to entirely set herself free of this pain. The roses she clutches represent the memory of her friend; they are free of thorns, unlike the border surrounding her. Her grief is separate to her memory of her friend but, all the same, they are intertwined for her at this point. Her head is hovering over her body. This symbolises the cause of death and her remorse in not being there in her friend’s final hours. Although this self-portrait is painful it is also beautiful and rich in colour. This is how I feel about losing my friend to suicide. I do not intend to paint myself, but the more time I spend with a painting the more meaning I can see within it.

Two Tui - Emily MoffitWatercolour NFS
Two Tui

Emily Moffit

Watercolour NFS

Emily Moffitt
Age: 21

‘Two Tui’ in a flowering Kowhai tree captures the beauty of New Zealand’s native birds and flowers. Capturing beautiful birds and flowers in my watercolour paintings is my passion and what I enjoy doing in my spare time.

To Infinity and Beyond - Samuel LeeceAcrylic 297mm x 210mm  NFS
To Infinity and Beyond

Samuel Leece

Acrylic 297mm x 210mm NFS

Samuel Leece
Age: 16

I did this painting following a challenge to ‘do a robot’. The robot is chasing a dream, not sure of what he will find in his future.

24-10 - Natalie BuhlerAcrylic 825mm x 570mm NFS
24-10

Natalie Buhler

Acrylic 825mm x 570mm NFS

Natalie Buhler
Age: 24

I have been working on this piece since the start of 2020, using only a couple of my brushes and my paints. This piece of work is particularly special to my partner, whom I painted this for. The painting captures him and his team, FDMC 1st XV rugby team (2013), celebrating moments after the final whistle of the annual ‘grudge’ match. FDMC beat NPBHS 24-10. I wanted to give him something special to remember this day.

Pride - Symone PryceAcrylic 304mm x 915mm $120
Pride

Symone Pryce

Acrylic 304mm x 915mm $120

SOLD

Symone Price
Age: 19

To create this colourful and abstract piece, I went into a meditative state, allowing my subconscious to take the driver’s seat while I scraped on the oils. Not having a plan can be tricky but it has allowed my perfectionist brain to not be as boxed in. I started with a black acrylic base and just kept adding layers until it felt like it was finished. Through my own interpretations, it reminds me of the LGBTQ and Pride flags, with fierce and rich depths.

It also reminds me of a slice of our earth; its atmosphere and surrounding space. In a less objective way, I enjoy just taking in all the intermingling colours and textures from a distance, letting the cheerful and confident vibe of the painting wash over me.

Green and Golden Bell Frog - Magdalene HerlihyOil 300mm x 400mm $30
Green and Golden Bell Frog

Magdalene Herlihy

Oil 300mm x 400mm $30

SOLD

Magdalene Herlihy
Age: 14

My siblings caught some little green and golden Bell frogs in a marsh, and brought them home to keep as pets. They are adorable frogs, and my siblings first amphibious animals. We did a lot of research and set up a habitat in a fish tank. Frogs are our favourite animals now. This art competition came around and I kept asking myself ‘What should I paint?’ My siblings suggested I have a go at painting their frogs. So what did I do, I snapped a picture of the frog named Marshall and used it as reference. I performed most of the painting at school. My siblings love the finished piece of Marshall.

Fish Become Dragon - Soomin KimAcrylic and watercolour 350mm x 460mm NFS
Fish Become Dragon

Soomin Kim

Acrylic and watercolour 350mm x 460mm NFS

Soomin Kim
Age: 16

Korea has a history of ‘Joseon Dynasty’. Seonbi, one of the Joseon Dynasty’s statues, had
to take a test to get to a high goverment post. Rough currents mean difficult realities such as the temptation of unjust power and wealth. The morning sun means unabated passion, singlemindedness to achieve what one wants. The fish that jumped out of the water soon became a dragon, which means the Seonbi itself. In other words, it is a painting by Joseon that contains a strong will to protect academic ideas, despite difficult realities. It has never been easy living in a strange place. My hometown in ‘Korea’ is calling me back, but I want to succeed through adversity.

Diamonds Are A Snake's Best Friend - Phoenix FoxAcrylic 600mm X 900mm $200
Diamonds Are A Snake's Best Friend

Phoenix Fox

Acrylic 600mm X 900mm $200

Phoenix Fox
Age: 17

At first I was inspired by a Red Diamond rattlesnake. I decided to paint a Queen of Diamonds card with a snake. I liked the idea of a snake draped like a feather boa so I changed my snake to a Boa Constrictor. The rattlesnake was an orange colour so I made mine orange as a reference to my original inspiration. Then, instead of traditional red for the card, I created a purple/red colour to complement the orange. I use a dry-brush technique giving my art a tonal shading effect. I usually paint more abstract dark art styles so this piece was a challenge. I wanted it to be a painting everyone could enjoy, but with something still true to my personal style, so the snake is a very important aspect. Normally, I paint small pieces so I chose to challenge myself further by doing a large work.

Dale - Melanie TarrantAcrylic 250mm x 250mm NFS
Dale

Melanie Tarrant

Acrylic 250mm x 250mm NFS

Melanie Tarrant
Age: 25

‘Dale’ is a painting I created for my younger brother Sam. The subject matter is inspired by him as he told me he wanted something with ‘Pugs and cigars’to hang on his bedroom wall. Realism is the style of painting I chose, as this is the style I enjoy drawing and painting with the most. It also allows me to add details that help express my idea, such as the subtleties in the Pug’s expression. Dale reflects Sam’s cheekiness and tendency to push boundaries, which is the theme I was hoping would give the painting appeal to the person I was painting for.

Isolation - Stuart Tullet MorrisOil on canvas 560mm x 700mm $750
Isolation

Stuart Tullet Morris

Oil on canvas 560mm x 700mm $750

Stuart Tullet Morris
Age: 26

My art is influenced by many things in my life; music, people and my environment. I embrace my own naivety and stylise it, which gives my paintings their own distinctive flavour.

Growing Pains - Georgia RowlandAcrylic 400mm x 600mm $300
Growing Pains

Georgia Rowland

Acrylic 400mm x 600mm $300

Georgia Rowland
Age: 17

I’m a Year 13 student at New Plymouth Girls’ High School and reside in Stratford. I enjoy painting at school as well as in my spare time. I enjoy science and maths; this drives me to experiment with my art and explore different styles. I also love exploring social issues and expressing these through my artwork.

Fall of the Machine - Xzealeah EustaceAcrylic 385mm x 255mm NFS
Fall of the Machine

Xzealeah Eustace

Acrylic 385mm x 255mm NFS

Xzaeleah Eustace
Age: 17

This painting is representative of the political issues happening in the world currently. I produced this piece in 2019 and it has become somewhat prophetic in the way that in America there are symbols and statues being pulled down in the same way that the robot in my painting is. When I think of this artwork now, there is some irony as at the time of painting I was viewing the robot as Donald Trump and imagining the world rising up and taking him down. Somehow he is still standing!

Peking Opera - Olina JinAcrylic 460mm x 350mm NFS
Peking Opera

Olina Jin

Acrylic 460mm x 350mm NFS

Olina Jin
Age: 16

I am an international student from China and came to study in New Zealand. The person I painted is a female character in Peking Opera, the quintessence of Chinese culture. Peking Opera is the precious cultural heritage of the Chinese nation. It carries the profound Chinese history and culture. From make-up to performance, the artistic exaggeration and free-hand brushwork embodies the aesthetic quality and artistic means accumulated in the long historical years. With distinctive national characteristics and strong artistic charm, it is not only a treasure of Chinese national culture, but also a symbolic symbol of China.

Guns Gon Blow - Taylor McDonald Oil 420 x 297 NFS
Guns Gon Blow

Taylor McDonald

Oil 420 x 297 NFS

Taylor McDonald
Age: 21

I aim to create a sense of darkness and violence to highlight the harsh reality of ‘gun culture’. In this painting I wanted to confront the viewer at gun point, to demonstrate how aggressive and emotionally traumatising it can be. The expressive tonal background sets a dream-like, dark and mysterious park to contrast with the figure holding a gun in a blue sweatshirt.

Kaka - Lydia HicklinAcrylic 400mm x 300mm NFS
Kaka

Lydia Hicklin

Acrylic 400mm x 300mm NFS

Lydia Hicklin
Age: 25

My sister had a birthday during Lockdown and I thought it would be a good opportunity to paint something for her. She loves kaka as they are a big part of her local environment in Wellington. So I thought I would try to capture the beauty, grace and power that kaka exude as they live above and around us in the city. I hadn’t painted for a few years before starting this and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this kaka as COVID-19 changed huge parts of our lives.

3D

Tuhinga o mua - Karli BrewertonBone and Paua NFS
Tuhinga o mua

Karli Brewerton

Bone and Paua NFS

Karli Brewerton
Age: 15

Tuhinga O Mua is my first carving. It represents luck and safety. It took around three weeks to make. This carving is going to be gifted to my aunty. My aunty has three kids and that is what the paua shell represents (her and her three kids).

Entanglement - Joshua WilsonWooden Sculpture 1470mm (h)  $1100
Entanglement

Joshua Wilson

Wooden Sculpture 1470mm (h) $1100

Joshua Wilson
Age: 21

Entanglement is a representation of Nature’s creation (the carving), destruction (burning to bring out the colour), growth (the design of vines growing) and protection (the oil to protect it). Entanglement is Nature reclaiming herself.

Trees - Maraea ClementMixed Media $70 for 3
Trees

Maraea Clement

Mixed Media $70 for 3

Maraea Clement
Age: 18

These hand-made trees take two days each to make. The first day is filled with cutting wire, twisting and shaping it to create the perfect and unique tree shape. The second day consists of placing each individual bead to make the leaves look lush and full. Then some more additional shaping to the branches and voila! A beautiful crystal tree.

2D (non-painting)

The Circus
Portia Roper
Printmaking, Triptych $550

Portia Roper 
Age: 18

The techniques used in these artworks is pronto plate and etchings. The artworks on the left and right are both etchings. The artwork in the middle is created both by an etching and pronto plate. The circus tent in this artwork is created by using a pronto plate technique and the elephant and man at the bottom is also a etching.

I created these artworks for my print- making portfolio board for school in 2019. Throughout my portfolio board I tried to portray the idea of anthropomorphism, that is, creating these works to show the attribution of human characteristics and behaviour given to animals. Within my artworks I played with animal heads on the human body. I based my work mainly on elephants as they are my favourite animal and I have always used them in my artwork. My portfolio slowly formed into the animals in a circus showing their playful nature.

I am a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Massey University Wellington. In 2019 I achieved a Level
3 excellence endorsement in art. My 2019 photography portfolio board was placed in the top 60 art boards for 2019 and my board is also in the New Zealand Top Art touring exhibition. From this I also gained a photography scholarship.

Improbable Cities - Kate Maree ThomasBituminous Paper 370mm x 470mm NFS
Improbable Cities

Kate Maree Thomas

Bituminous Paper 370mm x 470mm NFS

Kate Maree Thomas
Age: 26

I attended WITT and WelTec, achieving a Bachelor of Creative Technology in 2016. I began practising the art style of ‘paper-cutting’ during my studies. The medium of my artwork
is Bituminous paper, also called building paper. I prefer it for paper-cutting as it is very tear-resistant and is also a very dark shade of black with a striking texture and finish. My artwork is a city rising from the bottom of an ocean. Precarious bridges and staircases link the structures. Some houses are in protective bubbles; others are free above the breaking waves with clothes drying in the wind. The entire piece is cut from a single sheet of paper. The work was heavily influenced by the paper-cutter Beatrice Coron who said in a 2011 TedTalk, ‘My image is already inside the paper, I just have to remove what’s not from that story’.

The book ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino, a series of prose poems describing impossible, fictitious cities, also inspired me to build my own city using Coron’s technique. My city is clearly not invisible, in its stark black on white, although it is an ‘Improbable City’.
I currently reside in New Plymouth.

Harbour Abstractions - Bridget MestromAcrylic, fine point pen and white conte pencil Triptych 800mm x 1060mm NFS
Harbour Abstractions

Bridget Mestrom

Acrylic, fine point pen and white conte pencil Triptych 800mm x 1060mm NFS

Bridget Mestrom
Age: 22

the animals in a circus showing their playful nature.
I am a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Massey University Wellington. In 2019 I achieved a Level 3 excellence endorsement in art. My 2019 photography portfolio board was placed in the top 60 art boards for 2019 and my board is also in the New Zealand Top Art touring exhibition. From this I also gained a photography scholarship.

I used to live in Sydney and crossed the Harbour Bridge many times. As a creative memory I drew the bridge using a fine point black pen, and then extracted the shapes and structures of the bridge to progress the image. I used acrylic paint and white conte pencil for the last two pieces of the triptych.

Clownie - Fraser Watson290mm x 420mm $50
Clownie

Fraser Watson

290mm x 420mm $50

Fraser Watson
Age: 19

This drawing is of Clownie, a toy made for Fraser by his Grandmother, Velma Watson. Fraser is a 19-year-old nice young man who is very talented with his artwork. Fraser
has Down Syndrome and Austism and very low vision. He is a student at Rangimarie at Stratford High School. Fraser enjoys bringing his toys to school and drawing them.

Zander and Tiorea - Jeremy Sanger740mm x 530mm $250
Zander and Tiorea

Jeremy Sanger

740mm x 530mm $250

Jeremy Sanger
Age: 20

Over the last two and a half years my confidence has grown, as have my skills and knowledge. I love sharing my work with other people. It is my love for science fiction that makes me think and try to create something that is unique and original and different. While drawing my fantasy characters I can let my imagination run wild as there are no rules or restrictions controlling the outcome. In my work I like to tell stories that mix fantasy with real life. All my characters have a name with their own law and history. Each character is part of a family group, all with a role to play; some in conservation, protecting mankind and the planet while other groups seek to destroy and dominate. At the moment I’m drawing up and developing these family groups, with plans to develop illustrated books for all age groups. Each painting takes approximately two to four weeks to complete. Once the original drawing is finished on the draft paper, it is copied onto the final paper, using very sharp coloured pencils. Currently, I work with coloured pencil and sometimes ink, and just starting using watercolour pencils. I have also done some still-life work and enjoy this.

WHATWHEREWHEN - Tyler CruikshankPen and ink 650mm x 320mm NFS
WHATWHEREWHEN

Tyler Cruikshank

Pen and ink 650mm x 320mm NFS

Tyler Cruikshank
Age: 14

What Where When? These are all questions that everybody asks. Sometimes these questions can’t be answered because it is up to you to decide what it is, where it is and when it will. The three pieces took time and creativity to decide on the final designs, with many other ideas that I decided against. What? For this piece I went for a gruesome fleshy design in the shape of the question mark. It could be some sort of creature or monster, repulsive and unwanted in every way. Where? Where in the world - if even this world - is it? Another idea I had for this piece is thinking about where we will be in the future, perhaps without nature at all. When? Future. My thoughts went for a futuristic, robotic question mark. When will it be built? When robots like this could possibly take over.... when it could just lift off and fly away.’

Girl With Lace - Tamara TurnbullPainted Fabric And Lace 420mm x 297mm
Girl With Lace

Tamara Turnbull

Painted Fabric And Lace 420mm x 297mm

Tamara Turnball
Age: 17

I completed this painting for my 2019 Level 2 school art board. I used acrylic paint for the torso and the face of the girl, and vintage flower-print fabric and lace for the rest.
As this is the final piece it is the one I am most proud of. The themes of this painting show how beauty can be powerful. Earlier paintings showed the woman less confident, but in this one, the body language is strong and she shows confidence in herself and her flaws, her body and in being a woman. In today’s society there are so many expectations placed on women, how they should look and act. The body language also represents breaking free from these standards, being confident in yourself and being a genuine person. You can be happy in this society that puts too much pressure on people. The painting with the lace and flowers, which are stereotypically associated with femininity, adds to the theme of women’s empowerment.

Twisting Time - Meeyaanu FitzwilliamsInk pen and markers 420mm x 290mm $100
Twisting Time

Meeyaanu Fitzwilliams

Ink pen and markers 420mm x 290mm $100

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Meeyaanu Fitzwilliams
Age: 21

I have used ink pen and coloured with Ohuhu markers. This piece represents the advantages humans have when all limitations are ignored. The outcomes that appear when we indulge in our own sense of time and accomplishment can be outstanding. Working at your own pace, with your own ideas, and knowing that you can achieve great things, will always bring great creations. I hope this piece inspires people to make more creations.

Lil Peep - Grace GlenniePencil 215mm x 279mm NFS
Lil Peep

Grace Glennie

Pencil 215mm x 279mm NFS

Grace Glennie
Age: 17

This is a portrait of my favourite musician. His music helped me through an extremely rough part of my life and he helped me find myself when I didn’t know who I was. He recently passed away, in 2017, and as weird as it sounds, it was devastating for me. I didn’t know him and I’d never met him, but I felt like I had. His music helped me understand that I’m not the only person going through what I was going through and that everything would turn out fine. I decided to choose this picture of him to draw as he had all of his face tattoos. Hear me out; Lil Peep would come across as a stereotypical thug by just looking at a photo of him, but really, on the inside, he was caring and sweet and had a passion that changed thousands of teenage lives. He spoke to teens through his music like nobody else ever has.
I wanted this portrait as a reminder of what his music helped me through, and a reminder to never judge a book by its cover. As rough as a person may look on the outside it does not define who they are on the inside.

Pedro - Briana BlakePencil 210mm x 297mm NFS
Pedro

Briana Blake

Pencil 210mm x 297mm NFS

Briana Blake
Age: 23

This work is a pencil portrait of Pedro, our 22-year-old donkey. Pedro spent most of his life in Stratford and sadly came to us as a ‘rescue’. He is a much-loved member of our family and is just like a real-life Eeyore. His gentleness is something I wanted to capture in my drawing. This piece took me roughly five hours to complete.

Dwayne’s artwork includes painting and sculpture,as well as digital video and audio, displayed through monitors and projectors. Dwayne’s subjects deal to the current state of the ‘human condition’. Dwayne enjoys experimentation and finds it can lead to the development of new ideas and poses the challenge to his common creative practices. Digital technology allows him to extend his understanding of the creative process to the space outside of his traditional art media, whilst continuing to interchange old and new ideas.

No Power, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on wood 1240 x 1150 $2150

  

Style engage, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 600 x 900 $860

Detached head: new toys, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 300 x 405 $216

Saving Grace, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 660 x 700 $860

(left-right; top to bottom)
Disjointed 1

Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 380 x 760
$500

Disjointed 2
Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 400 x 800
$500

Fitting in isn't easy, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 1015 x 1015 $2150

  

What is that? Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 1015 x 1010 $2860

Lost and rejection, Dawyne Duthie
Acrylic and plaster on board 600 x 550 $860

New Power, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on board 910 x 840 $860

Pumpkin, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on board 395 x 645 $500  SOLD

We can't all be perfect, Dwayne Duthie
Plaster, wood 200mm (h) $215

Big dreams, Dwayne Duthie
Acryclic and clay on paper on board 435 x 333 $200

Body in a box: new toys, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on canvas 300 x 402 $215

Crude cows condemned, Dwayne Duthie
Acrylic on paper board 333 x 435 $290

 

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