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Finalists announced for 2017 Parkin Drawing Award

Friday 14 July, 2017  | Media Release

Drawing is certainly alive and well in New Zealand with a high standard of entries received for the 2017 Parkin Drawing Award. The competition attracted an impressive 502 entries, of which 84 have been selected for the short-list.

The national drawing competition, attracting a major prize of $20,000, was launched by philanthropist and arts patron, Chris Parkin five years ago. Ten highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded to artists as an added incentive.

An advisory panel, consisting of John Gow, Director of Gow Langsford Gallery, Simon Rees, Director of Govett Brewster, arts commentator, historian and writer Warren Feeney and renowned painter Kelcy Taratoa spent hours assessing hundreds of entries before coming up with the short-list.

The shortlisted works will be showcased at the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (2 August to 3 September) and the winning submission will be selected and announced by New Zealand artist Seraphine Pick at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Tuesday 1 August.

All the artworks will be for sale giving admirers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some wonderful pieces which are unlikely to be seen again, given many of the finalists are not represented in any gallery.

“I’m once again thrilled to see such an enthusiastic response for the fifth year of this competition. I am looking forward to seeing the diverse range of artworks on show at the gallery and getting the drawing conversation going,” said Chris Parkin, founder of the Parkin Drawing Prize.

“This is the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts fifth year working with Chris and the team on the esteemed Parkin Prize and I am sure that the  2017 show will be as dynamic and as challenging as ever, and the Academy wishes every success to the finalists.” said Greg Chaston, President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.

Interestingly, there were eight artists short-listed for two pieces of work – the highest number of double-entry shortlisted works ever recorded in the competition. The artists include Krystie Wade and Liam Gerrard from Auckland, Kirsty Lillico, Heather Haywood, Maria OToole and Billy Wilson from the Wellington region, Emma-Kate Moore from Kingston and Ina Johann from Christchurch.

Works in the award exhibition range in size from the small (148 mm x 192 mm) to the very large (4500mm x 1400 mm).  Entries have been received from throughout New Zealand from Whangarei to as far south as Dunedin and Kingston in Otago and even a New Zealand artist residing in Berlin, Germany.

There were a range of drawings utilising the expected materials such charcoal, graphite and pencil while other artists have chosen mediums such as ipad’s, mixed media, digital animation and even a carpet installation – leaving the question open as to ‘what is drawing?’

Finalists announced for 2017


The 2017 Finalist

The winner of the Parkin Drawing Prize 2017

Kirsty Lillico - State Block

2017 Merit Award 

Karyn Taylor - Arc in 3 States
Harry Mcalpine - The Tyranny of Good Intentions
James Thomson-Bache - The Activity
Michael Dell - Valley / Forest
Rohan Wealleans - Skyclad
Kristy Gorman - Lacuna III
Clara Wells - Parramatta Automatic
Jae Kang - 4000 stains of breath
James Robinson - Gnosis
Hugo Koha Lindsay - Forensic cue 1

All 2017 Finalists

Anderson, Duncan - Coffee at Work Three Winter Days
Ball, Martin - Clay-Ali
Barnes, Jordan - Between God And Man (Sun Study)
Bornholdt, Wendy - Drawings wrapped in tissue on archive box lid 260416
Buist, Sarah - City block
Bunce-Rath, Saskia - The beasts run run run, and the cold girl forms in the air
Claypole, Katherine - Warts and All
Cuming, Jonathan - 3, 305
Dangerfield, Liam - Study 04
Dell, Michael - Valley / Forest
EDWARDS + JOHANN, Victoria/Ina - On the Seam of Things - Constellations #1
Ellwood, Matt - Son of Kilmer / Eye of Providence
Falls, Leslie - Dad's Studio circa 1967
Fisher, Lynette - Still
Forsyth, Stuart - Love marks - the Glendavar Street session
Gerrard, Liam - Maw
Gerrard, Liam - Pulp
Gorman, Kristy - Lacuna III
Graham, Fiona Lee - Face Value (i)
Hancock, Thomas - Wonum Flage (Drawing)
Hayward, Heather - Lines Made by Walking
Hayward, Heather - Lines Made by Walking II
Herber, Veronica - Fold
Herber, Veronica - Modern/Grey
Hopcroft, Louisa - Indigo
Ireland, Kim - Theshold
Jaeger, Katharina - Linings
Johann, Ina - Parallel Lines - Mapping another life #2
Johann, Ina - Parallel Lines - A state of being in disguise of an island
Jones, Marilyn - Transmit
Kajima, Asaki - Respiration
Kang, Jae - 4000 stains of breath
Keate, Jenny - Another forest once grew here
Kindlaysides, Verity - Matter Of Fact (Yellow Wallpaper)
Li, Tim - Jasus Edwardsii
Lillico, Kirsty - Untitled
Lillico, Kirsty - State Block
Lindsay, Hugo Koha - Forensic cue 1
MacDonald, Alan - Fractalton
Macleod, Melissa - Mountains
Mcalpine, Harry - The Tyranny of Good Intentions
McCafferty, Nicola - Dark Light
McEwin, Stephanie - The Artist is Present 2
McGorry, Brendan - Again Again
McLean, Portia - Douglas Trevorton Chubb - The Second
McLeod, Rob - Lost In This Landscape
Middleton, Tim - Block
Mitchell, Martha - Lines in the Sand 11
Monro, Cathryn - Sub Specie Aeternitatis
Moon, Sang Woo - Iranian Nomad
Moore, Emma-Kate - Arrow Junction
Moore, Emma-Kate - Saddle Up
Morse, Oliver - A History of Evolution
Mosley, Toni - Terminal
Muijlwijk, Anneke - Safety Plan with Dog
Newland, Gill - Five Stitches and a Turn II
OToole, Maria - Dawn Chorus
OToole, Maria - Slowbirds 1
Parkes, Miranda - Rough Sleeper
Pieterse, Andrew - Fever Dream
Roberts, Gary Warwick - Old Rope
Robinson, Lee - Plastic bag dilemma
Robinson, James - Gnosis
Saegusa, Natalia - Screenshot of couples hands
Shirer, Oliver - In plain sight
Silverwood, Margaret - Hover
Sorensen, Jill - Golden
Taylor, Karyn - Arc in 3 States
Thomson-Bache, James - The Activity
Torrington, Sian - Busting belly
Tuato'o Ross, Cathy - Domestic Abstract
van Hasselt, Janna - Sprinkle Spool
van Hout, Francis - Drawing on History
Wade, Krystie - There Is A Strange, But Friendly Man Sitting At The End Of My Driveway
Wade, Krystie - Universal Rhythm
Walker, Justine - Do undo redo
Walton, Camille - Oneiric
Wealleans, Rohan - Skyclad
Webb, Lorraine - Precipitous Land
Wells, Clara - Parramatta Automatic
West, Robert - Boxed Set
White, Katharine - Redemption
Wilson, Billy - Ancestor
Wilson, Billy - Bomb Site

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