Finalists announced for 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize

Recycled pantyhose, korari sticks and bed sheets are just some of the interesting materials used to create works shortlisted in the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize. The competition attracted an impressive 482 entries, of which 76 have been selected for the short-list.

The national drawing competition, attracting a major prize of $25,000, was launched by philanthropist and arts patron, Chris Parkin eight years ago. Ten highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded.

An advisory panel, consisting of leading contemporary Maori artist, writer and curator Professor Robert Jahnke ONZM, Dr Sarah Farrar, Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, and arts commentator/writer Dr Andrew Paul Wood, spent hours assessing hundreds of entries before coming up with the short-list.

The works will be showcased at the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (4 August – 30 August) and the winning submission will be selected and announced by Charlotte Davy, Head of Art at Te Papa Tongarewa at the gala announcement of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Monday 3 August 2020.

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.

“It will be interesting to see what works and themes come through for this exhibition, especially after we have experienced such a turbulent year. I’m pleased with my timing to increase the prize money to $25,000 because it’s been a difficult year for many people, especially artists impacted by Covid-19. I encourage the public to get out and enjoy the exhibition during August and put their money where their month is by supporting local and buying the art!” said Chris Parkin, founder of the Parkin Drawing Prize.

Works in the award exhibition range in size from the small (30mm x 30mm) to the very large (2530mm x 2460 mm).  Entries have been received throughout New Zealand from Kerikeri to as far south as Invercargill and even from a New Zealand artist residing in Melbourne, Australia.   

Catherine Thomson - Death Cleaning (detail)

Madeleine Child - Korari Stick Drawing (detail)

Jutta Humpfer - Runners Beginning: Taxonomic Collection (detail)

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Finalists announced for 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize


2020 Winner

Poppy Lekner - Forward Slash

Merit Awards

Simon Attwooll - Home

Akiko Diegel - The day after yesterday

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - acid 2020 

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - pink 2020

Stuart Forsyth - I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before

Michael Hawkins - Student Deb

Ina Johann - Mapping another life - A state of being in disguise of a cloud 2020

Maria OToole- Tukorehe Wetland, Sound Score, Waituhi - Nuku: Drawing Ecologies, 2020

Jennifer Summers - Suburban Orb

Elisabeth Vullings - 1:1 Door

The 2020 Finalists

Kiri Abraham - An Explosive Terroir

Simon Attwooll - Home - MERIT

Jacqueline Aust - Dislocation I

Kathy Barber - Fading

Jordan Barnes - The Artist and the Ego (among other things)

Michele Beaufoy - TIER

Kirsty Black - Loopy Lie

Natalie Britten - The Fountain of Life and Death

David Brown - AR 2020-110

Kara Burrowes - Locked Down

Oliver Cain - Coat of Cain

Cathy Carter - The Nine Stars of Matariki, Te Iwa o Matariki

Madeleine Child - Korari Stick Drawing

Wayne Churcher - Revolver

Fifi Colston - Well Hung

Zoe Cromwell - CODE

Akiko Diegel - The day after yesterday - MERIT

Ruby Joy Eade - Lockdown Redwork

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - acid 2020 - MERIT

EDWARDS + JOHANN - Concretions - pink 2020 - MERIT

Matt Ellwood - Tissueface

Kirsten Ferguson - Garden

Stuart Forsyth - I’m not so sure I want to go back to the way it was before - MERIT

Sarah Guppy - The source of water

Weilun Ha - Hydra

Michael Hawkins - Student Debt - MERIT

Julie Heffernan - Supported, Framed, Not Boxed In.

Darnia Hobson - Land

Jutta Humpfer - Runners -  Beginning Taxonomic Collection

Heather Hunt - Stick drawing after Matisse and Lockdown

Hasitha Jayasinghe - Decisive Scribble

Jon Jeet - Art New Zealand volume 28-33

Ina Johann - Mapping another life - A state of being in disguise of a cloud 2020 - MERIT

Ina Johann - 25 MAY 2020, diptych

Tamara Kan - Detritus

Madison Kelly - Like Light in Light

Poppy Lekner - Forward Slash - WINNER

Hugo Koha Lindsay - Figure 8

Kaye McGarva - Divided

Wendy Murphy - Meditation on Mortality : Pulsation

Alexis Neal - Tradition HB

Gill Newland - Thin Black Line

Simon Nicholls - Annulus 2

Hollie ONeill - 6:48 AM

Maria OToole - Tukorehe Wetland, Sound Score, Waituhi - Nuku: Drawing Ecologies, 2020 - MERIT

Miranda Parkes - Figureskater

Donna-Marie Patterson - The Flowing of Time

Anna Perry - Domestic Bubble

Rosie Ralph - Sierra

Deborah Rundle - On a Clear Day

Merthyr Ruxton - Untitled: blue yellow 12.19

Kotomi Sakabe - Savoy Cabbage

Andre Sampson - Rules for Compositors, 2019

Kiri Saul - Radiance

Oniyonkid - Kiri Scott - Moment of Change

Diane Scott - I put this moment here.

Jason Secto - Continuum

Andrea Selwood - Repository of Touch

Lea-Anne Sheather - Breathe

Michael Springer - All things considered

Jo Stallard - Lament for the Trees

Mo Stewart - One Voice

Morag Stokes - Just Dickin’ Around #2

Jennifer Summers - Suburban Orb - MERIT

Karyn Taylor - 3 Planes 4 Dimensions

Kai Tee - Space between Spaces - Nowhere

Catherine Thomson - Death Cleaning

James Thomson-Bache - Annihilation of a comic book

Cathy Tuato’o Ross - Samoan

Akky van der Velde - Yellow & Black 2020

Elisabeth Vullings - 1:1 Door - MERIT

Ashley Wicks - The Bach

Mia Wilson - Leaving Home

Maree Wilson - An unknown way

Billy Wilson - Mungyo People’s Choice Winner

Bonnie Wroe - Still life with puff sleeve top

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