Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Young Alumna’s art challenging and enriching

Young Alumna’s art challenging and enriching

Artist Luke Willis Thompson’s widely acclaimed artworks are moving and challenging – emotionally, politically and aesthetically. They have featured among other things, his family home, Fijian gravestones and more recently, the widow of a man killed by police

Next week, the graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, who has a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), will receive the University of Auckland’s 2018 Young Alumna of the Year award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Luke previously won New Zealand’s largest art award in 2014, the Walters Prize, with a work that featured his family’s suburban home.

Entitled inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam, viewers were taken by taxi from an inner city gallery and allowed to wander round and freely explore the artist’s house presented like a contemporary artefact. At just 25, Luke was the award’s youngest recipient.

Currently based in London, the Fijian-New Zealand artist was recently one of four international practitioners shortlisted for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, for his work Autoportrait.

Worth £30,000, the award is given annually to a living artist of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution, either through an exhibition, or publication, to photography in Europe in the previous year.

Autoportrait, made in collaboration with Diamond Reynolds, whose partner Philando Castile was shot dead by police during a traffic stop in Minnesota, consists of a silent film featuring Diamond. Literally a moving portrait, the work is imbued with a mix of classical beauty and quiet activism.

Elam School of Fine Arts Head of School, Assoc Prof Peter Shand says “My colleagues and I are thrilled Luke’s already significant contribution to the international art world is being celebrated by the University. His work is a resonant distillation of sharp political insight and profound emotional intensity realised with an astonishing degree of conceptual and material acuity. I have followed his success very closely and my experience of his projects here and overseas are amongst the most enriching and challenging of my life. As his career moves form strength to strength it is with unabashed pride that we count him as an alumnus of Elam and the University of Auckland. He embodies the value and critical importance of creative education and his work helps us all understand better what it means to live in the world.”

Luke’s first large-scale solo exhibition in New Zealand is currently showing at the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington as part of the 2018 New Zealand Festival.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumni Awards visit https://www.auckland.ac.nz/daa

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Zappa

The first of the NZSO’s Shed Series concerts at the more informal and intimate space of Wellington's Shed 6 last Friday night featured music composed by, or with a connection to Frank Zappa. Zappa, a psychedelic rock legend, activist and popular culture figure and all round colourful character, was an excellent choice for the concert’s theme of innovation. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland