LAWSON's DRY HILLS
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK
Watch the videos to hear the artists talk about their work
BY BRUCE MORTIMER
CHARCOAL | 38cm x 103cm framed | $2100.00
"In many ways this type of work is what I like to create. Simple, powerfully composed, and relatable in terms of subject matter. We have all visited a New Zealand beach. Sometimes we just wish to be able to, or to be back at one from our past, but in reality it's the wishbone shape of the driftwood that has for me encouraged the title of this particular artwork. It also follows the convention that I have for my drawings where I have simple, often single-word names that have a psychological, or mood related meaning."
BY DEBBIE LAMBERT
OIL | 120 x 70 unframed | $3,600.00
"Mt D'Archiac dominates the landscape from afar and though I have painted this Mountain many
times from the distance, I have always wanted to paint a closer view. Having an opportunity to go in
a helicopter for a fly around the mountains was for me, sheer magic, and I simply loved the stunning close up view."
BY FI GINIVAN
MIXED MEDIA | $900.00
BY JULIE DAYSH
ACRYLIC | 77cm x 104cm framed | $2,200.00
LONE RANGE FORECAST
BY LANI EYLES
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | 61cm x 90cm | $2,500.00
"You have to admire the resilience of polar bears, having to expand their survival boundaries in search of food, and I can't help but draw parallels to our situation where the current times are starting to truly test the resilience of the human race.
My aim as an artist is to draw the viewer into an imaginary world, promoting the notion that co-existence is achievable with a bit of forethought from us humans.”
Empire of the gull
BY libby mccoll
ACRYLIC | 60cm x 150cm unframed | $3,600.00
"This long abandoned dairy factory, once a hive of human industry, now sits quietly, neglected and slowly rusting and rotting, becoming nature's colourful artwork and home to flora and fauna.
The purpose now of this twisting, jutting complex set of pipes climbing in and out and upward to the sky... is just to be the throne of the gull."
AN AIR OF MYSTIC
BY LIZ TURNBULL
ACRYLIC | 79cm x 79cm framed | $1,690.00
An Air of Mystic was created out of Liz’s love and passion to ‘capture the light’. “Our landscape’s mood can be changed by light alone. I wanted to create something of beauty, mystical and surreal while leaving much to the viewer’s imagination. The focus of light brings the flow of water to life where we can lose ourselves. This is a place we can retreat to giving us a feeling of tranquillity”.
With many layers of transparent paint applied over time, a luminosity has been created and a feeling of depth. The painting process was a slow one but this allowed the artwork to develop and come to life."
BY NYLE MAJOR
OIL ON CANVAS | 75cm x 90cm | $3750.00
"In todays’ world the exploration of figure painting in the pursuit of harmony still offers up just as much of a challenge as it did in the nineteenth century and before. Focussing on a more relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, Renown is imbued with calmness and reflection, enhanced by the pose atmosphere, and colour with the intention of relaxing the viewer.
This tranquillity is disrupted however, when the viewer focuses in on the figure itself where the partially hidden face is very clear in its intent to provoke thought, upsetting the balance of the quiet and serene atmosphere that surrounds her."
THE COLLECTION LEDGE
BY PAULA PETHERICK
PHOTOGRAPH | 80cm x 80cm | $2,050.00
"This is a New Zealand representative still life in the style of the Dutch Masters. This work features the flowering kowhai, wetas, kina, a kauri nut
and a collection of New Zealand literature. The books show a slice of New Zealand history which connects with me personally - the short stories of
Katherine Mansfield, the adventures of Edmund Hilary and an early New Zealand tourism text.
This art work is an expression of myself as a New Zealander and the objects of beauty which bring me joy."
NZ BIRD SONG NECKLACE
BY SUE SHORE
STERLING SILVER | 15x4cmx47cm long | $495.00
"After spending many years observing the beautiful, unique birds of New Zealand I started turning my sketches into small sculptural pieces of
silver jewellery. I love to hear them sing and try to recognise each one. That is what brought about my idea for the birdsong necklace that I have made.
Each time I shape a piece of silver I feel that it is like those who add paint to canvas, clay to the kiln, materials transformed – we all have something inside us we want to share through our artwork."
OUR TOP 10 JUDGE
The top ten works have been selected by our judge, David Woodings. David is a Christchurch based artist with strong connections to the photo-realist painting style of American East Coast artists. David’s first works influenced by this style were produced in 1978 during his years studying at the Elam School of Fine Art. His first photo-realist inspired works were shown at the Peter Webb Gallery in Auckland in Four Photo-realists in 1978. These works focused on glassy building interiors and exteriors, while also documenting and commenting on the growth of the fast food industry in New Zealand.
His first one-person show ‘Visions’ was at the Denis Cohn Gallery in 1981 and David continued to paint and exhibit through the 80s and 90s with a number of solo and group exhibitions.
After a period working in the heritage sector David returned to full-time painting in 2005. Arcade machine images became the main characters in a narrative about social place. The paintings now being in a large confrontational scale - inviting active rapport between the spectator, the painted surface and picture plane, the image.
Living in Christchurch at the time of the earthquakes, David dedicated 3 suites of work to the ‘quakes before engaging in a new series of works with a connection to the hand stitched greetings cards of WW1 called ‘Silks’ dedicated to the 100th commemoration of WW1. His most recent works were exhibited in Christchurch and at the Wallace Gallery, as ‘Merrily go around’ a connect to carousel imagery, but with a strong underlying political narrative.