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2019 TSB Community Trust Painting Award Winner
Artist: Matt Dowman, Auckland. Modern Love
Judge’s Note: “Matt Dowman’s painting, Modern Love, is a timely abstraction that combines techniques drawn from street art – such as airbrush – with vibrant clashing colours carefully masked to create a serpentine organic form. The execution of a diversity of application methods is impressive. The acid green and pink of this work immediately catch the eye and challenge notions of good taste in art. This contemporary take on abstraction excited Karl and I with its energetic composition and pallet.
2019 TSB Community Trust & Kete Aronui
Highly Commended Painting Award:
Artist: Shelley Slater, Ōpūnake. Adam & Eve
Judge’s Note: This work created a lot of discussion for us. It appears to reflect a number of modernist conventions. There are nods to primitivism, cubism, and even fauvism, which combined with the biblical subject matter, makes this an intriguing and somewhat frenetic work. It is a painting full of detail that for the observant viewer might offer either reward or conundrum. The discarded apple surrounded by insects, the mask-
2019 TSB Community Trust 3D Award Winner:
Artist: Sam Kelly, New Plymouth. Bit Further
Judge’s Note: Upon realising that this work is constructed from beef bone you quickly understand the level of skill and expertise required to create a work of this nature. The artist does not hide the works origins but uses them to her advantage, twisting the form through the various joins and leaving the creamy bone colour which at first glance makes the work appear almost plastic. It is both intriguing and ingenious.
2019 Pastimes and Corkill Systems Highly Commended 3-
Artist: Maria Brockhill, New Plymouth. Vessel
Judge’s Note: Vessel has the balance and scale of an ancient Greek Amphora but the surface treatment is completely contemporary. We were struck by the playful texture of the surface of the vessel which is covered in little nobs or nipples and transfixed by the crackled shiny white glaze. The courage to experiment and push the bounds of acceptable finishes while incorporating the beauty of traditional pot shapes creates a push and pull that won us over.
2019 Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Taranaki Artist Award Winner:
Artist: Jeanette Verster, New Plymouth. Here I am but am I here?
Judge’s Note: Here I am but Am I Here first caught my eye from across the room. From an unfamiliar perspective, I recognised the most iconic symbol of my new home: Taranaki Maunga. Jeanette has painted and stitched together a topographic view on a canvas hung like a quilt or banner. The sewn lines are raised line scares or pathways through the landscape. And soft earthy tones build up the mountain’s volume. Her complex use of deep blues and purples give a clear indication of the sea that surrounds us. Here I am but Am I here makes the most familiar and beloved subject for artists in Taranaki fresh and compelling.
2019 Coastal Veterinary Services & Viv Scott McDonald Real Estate Taranaki Artist Highly Commended Award:
Artist: Aithnia Batchelor, Waitara. Happy Honey Bees
Judge’s Note: We were both drawn to this work immediately. Although naive in approach, it is anything but naive in its execution. The composition draws the eye expertly around the canvas. Packed with the intricate rendering of flowers, bees, blades of grass and ripples on the water this painting captivates and offers more than initially meets the eye. It is a joyful and abundant depiction of the local landscape from one person’s point of view that left us both feeling just as happy as the bees in the painting.
2019 Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Works on Paper Award Winner:
Artist: Pantea Rastegari, New Plymouth. A Glass of Tea
Judge’s Note: A glass of tea depicts an elderly woman with a delicate glass of tea raise to her mouth. Rendered in charcoal, the soft creases in the subjects face, the textures of her headscarves, and the worn edges of her nails are all brought to life in vivid detail. Pantea demonstrates a real mastery of drawing. The artist’s appreciation of the balancing of light and dark, framing their subject in a way that draws them off of the page, and the lifelike manner in which every detail from eyelash to crow’s foot, puckered lip to shiny teaspoon is rendered is remarkable.
2019 Soul Kitchen Highly Commended Works on Paper Award
Artist: Mike Marsh, Whanganui. The Comedian
Judge’s Note: This is work that could be read in multiple ways. As a pseudo portrait it cuts a somewhat sinister figure with clown-
2019 TSB Community Trust Fibre Art Award Winner:
Artist: Jeanette Verster, New Plymouth Remembrance
Judge’s Note: This work caught our attention from the outset for its interesting application of the felting process and its unusual composition. It is a unique take on how we remember those who fought in the wars and pulls together the associated symbolism of the cross and the poppy in a thoughtful and contemporary way. Its quiet subtlety, which might lead many people to dismiss this work is in fact one of its strengths, and made it a stand out within this category.
2019 Pihama Lavender Highly Commended Fibre Art Award
Artist: Katherine Claypole, Whanganui. Seventeen to the Power of Three
Judge’s Note: Titled 17 to the power of 3, the piece depicts a cube receding in space. It calls to mind the work of great masters of minimalism and geometric abstraction such as Sol LeWitt and Agnes Martin or icons of op art like Bridget Riley but is materially headed in it’s own direction. We appreciate the simplicity and precision of the work as well as the unusually approach to fibre arts. 17 to the Power of 3 is very quietly pushing boundaries.
2019 Te Puni Kōkiri Tō Taranakitanga Award Winner:
Artist: Maria Brockhill, New Plymouth. Whenua
Judge’s Note: This large vessel is a beautiful example of how clay can be employed to evocative effect. The rich honey coloured glaze on the interior reminded me of the cliffs that run along the coastline of Taranaki. On the outside are fine designs incised into the surface of the work. Some are stylised motifs found on whakairo rākau and kowhaiwhai while others are more ambiguous and could be marks in the soil, plants seen from distance or the aerial patchwork of paddocks viewed from a plane. This is a remarkable work that seemed to embody the very essence of this place.
2019 Te Puni Kōkiri Tō Taranakitanga Highly Commended Award:
Artist: Reeve Hokopaura, Hawera. Taranaki Pou Pou
Judge’s Note: The intricately carved Hei Tiki is made from whale bone and is inlayed with glistening paua. Reeve is a local artist who had the calling and took-
Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust Photography Award Winner
Artist: Rhonda Bunyan, Stratford. Ladies Rest Room, New Plymouth
Judge’s Note: This is a fascinating photograph that draws on all of the conventions of traditional black & white photography combined with an excellent eye and attention to detail. The first thing that draws the viewer in is the clever use of composition. The three women pictured are each going about their reading oblivious of each other or the camera. The symmetry of the windows and the reflection of one of the subjects in the adjacent mirror create balance and the evocative use of lighting adds both a sense of drama and a familiarity that borders on nostalgia. In the wake of #metoo, this photograph offers an alternative to the social media outcry, it is a safe space for contemplation, a place of rest – promising both peace and quiet.
2019 Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration & Farmlands Ōpūnake
Highly Commended Photography Award:
Artist: Jasmine Togo-
Judge’s Note: Jasmine’s ambrotype (colodium on glass) photograph embodies the history is seeks to reveal and to challenge. The artist uses 19th century photographic processes to capture scenes, often depicting her own family, that reference the colonial gaze used to take the first photographs in this region. They also seek to reveal under-
2019 Nice Hotel Committee’s Choice Award
Artist: Timoti Pekamu, Taihape. Karakia – Prayer