Central Otago’s early pioneers have been honoured in an artwork that has won the Central Otago award in the Arts Gold Awards 2017.
Bannockburn artist Gail de Jong’s Carrick Water Race won the $3000 Nock Art Foundation Outstanding Central Otago Artist Award in the Arts Gold Awards last weekend.
The $5000 Russell Henderson Charitable Trust and Perpetual Guardian Supreme Award was won by Blue Black, of Dunedin, for his artwork Repotted II
De Jong said the oil painting, of a historic water race that provided water for her property near the Nevis Valley, was both a political statement and tribute to the early pioneers of the region. She wanted people to respect the work of those who brought water to the district and value the water in the region.
Judges Linda Tyler, of Auckland, and Denise Copland, of Dunedin, said de Jong’s work evoked a “barren but heavily worked locality”, and “a meditative mood”.
Two merit awards were also made, to Inge Doesburg, of Dunedin, for Soliloquy I, an oil on gesso representing the crossing from Bluff to Stewart Island; and Marion Mewburn, of Millers Flat, for From earth we rise, a trio of double-vesselled clay and dirt pots.