There’s little that’s wintery about this vibrant Winter Exhibition. Among recognisable Academy member offerings there’s a sizeable submission by a growing group of artists new to the NZAFA and an associated injection of alternative vision that’s particularly stimulating.
The creative hand and voice is apparent, bringing the quite wonderful walls of this special venue alive with exciting works seeking the viewer’s eye. Mine was certainly captured by the stunning and aspirational art of Doreen McNeill, David Owen, Kim Beachen, Peter Augustin, Lee Russell, Joanne Mahoney and Sebastian Schuster, each contributing to depth and diversity across a variety of media. I am in awe of these and many other commendable pieces too numerous to mention, interspersed with three-dimensional gems.
Each turn of the exhibition brings another perspective in its collective dialogue, tantalising the senses with artworks for every taste.
Curation was rather generous, rewarding fledgling artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work and encouragement to develop further.
As for all Members’ Exhibitions, this one is the culmination of dedicated input by volunteers possessing extraordinary skills. I’m indebted to the installation team and my collaborator Rob whose role has grown exponentially.
Immerse yourself in the expressions and energy of heroic artists from around New Zealand. Support these creatives emerging from their studios and solo endeavours to contribute to such a heart-warming Winter Exhibition of talent for your appreciation and enjoyment.
Each members exhibition has two major awards presented; The President's Award, and The Curator's Award. Where appropriate Merit Awards can also be considered.
The President's Award was judged by Jenny Shearer, past NZAFA President.
The winner of the award is David Owen "The Lemon Tree”
The Merit Award selected by Jenny Shearer, past NZAFA President.
The winner of the award is Doreen McNeill "Floating"
The Curator's Award is judged by Suzanne Herschell, Life member of NZAFA.
The winner of the award is Sebastian Schuster "Love Covers Everything"
The Merit Award selected by Suzanne Herschell, Life member of NZAFA.
The winner of the award is Peter Augustin "Metamorphis of Seasons"