‘Great young artists’ boost awards


The future of Wanaka’s Aspiring Art Prize looks bright, thanks to the number of talented young artists taking part, organisers say.

Co-organiser Monique Kelly said this year’s exhibition at Holy Family Catholic School in Wanaka had a good number of emerging artists, including Max Hall (18), head boy at Mount Aspiring College last year, and Ruby Burke (16), who as the featured young artist was not eligible for a prize but was able to exhibit four works.

Phoebe Young (18), who had just graduated from Mount Aspiring College, was another promising artist, Ms Kelly said.

“This year we’ve got some great young artists coming through.”

Young talent . . . Inspecting ‘Mocking Bird’ painted by Max Hall (18), of Wanaka, is co- organiser Monique Kelly. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Local artists such as Robert Anderson, Freda Ryder and Esther Dexter continued to show inspiring works, Ms Kelly said.

Guest artist for the exhibition was Alice Toomer (21), of Wellington.

Her photorealistic works of confectionery had delighted visitors to the exhibition.

“I think everyone can relate to it. [Liquorice] all-sorts are really popular because lots of people can identify with the objects,” Ms Kelly said.

Still-life paintings of “yummy treats” added a Kiwi twist to photorealistic painting, Toomer said.

Although she might be tempted to sample the sweet treats she used when painting things such as bowls of sweets, donuts and custard squares, she didn’t see it as food when working, she said.

“People are always like ‘do you want to eat the food as you are doing it?’ but I don’t really see it as food – I kind of break it down into areas of colours and light and dark.”

She was delighted to be invited to be guest artist at the exhibition, she said.

“I’m really humbled to be here.”




THE CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS PRIZE, $10,000: Miranda Parkes, of Christchurch

RUNNER-UP, $2000: Gemma Baldock, of Dunedin

LANDSCAPE ARTIST, $2000: Elliot Love, of Dunedin

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