Auckland artist Deborah Moss has won the $10,000 supreme award at the Craigs Aspiring Art Prize with her work, Glowing Again.
Last weekend’s exhibition featured 142 entries. About half came from the North Island.
Holy Family School’s annual art event has become one of the country’s most lucrative art prizes and raises between $20,000 and $30,000 for the school each year.
The runner-up was Dunedin artist Eliza Glyn ($2000) for her oil painting Sunrise From Quarantine Island.
Christchurch artist Mehrdad Tahan won best landscape ($2000) for his oil painting Serenity
Tauranga artist Ulemj Glamuzina won best work under $1000 ($1000) for her mixed media on canvas painting Journey from Tauranga.
The Round Corner category, for paintings on a 40cm diameter round, was won by Tuatapere artist Hayley Landreth for View Across Lake Angelus.
None of the art had been exhibited before.
Many pieces were created for the event and 24 (to the value of $40,000) were sold at the event’s gala opening on January 14.
The judges were Cam McCracken, director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, and Jan Warburton, founder of the Jan Warburton Charitable Trust.
Mr McCracken said he was “really impressed” with the entries.
“[Deborah Moss’ piece] is a work that displays an expert use of colour. It has a rich complexity and it’s one that if you lived with it, you would see something new in it every day.”
The event has been running for 15 years. Holy Family’s Friends of the School committee member and art prize creative director Leigh Cooper said it was the biggest to date.
“The level of art received by artists, from Auckland to Tuatapere, was extremely high quality. The event continues to grow each year recognition proud to deliver [it].”