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Finalists announced for 2018 Parkin Drawing Award

Finalists announced for 2018 Parkin Drawing Award

Drawing is certainly alive and well in New Zealand with a high standard of entries received for the 2018 Parkin Drawing Award. The competition attracted an impressive 463 entries, of which 72 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 six 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, highly regarded art curator and writer Emma Bugden and Darryn George, a renowned artist of Ngāpuhi descent, 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 (17 July to 19 August 2018) and the winning submission will be selected and announced by internationally regarded New Zealand painter Kelcy Taratoa at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Monday 16 July 2018.

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 this year’s competition. I am looking forward to seeing the diverse range of artworks on show at the gallery and getting the drawing conversation going once again,” said Chris Parkin, founder of the Parkin Drawing Prize.

“The Academy congratulates all the finalists and all the artists who contributed to this wonderful prize. The 2018 version is subtle, clever and thoughtful and once again does not disappoint in any way.” said Greg Chaston, President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.

Five artists were short-listed for two pieces of work this year. They include Creek Waddington from Lower Hutt, Donna-Marie Patterson from Christchurch, Sarah Callesen and Krystina Kaza from Auckland and Michelle Farrell from Waiuku.

Works in the award exhibition range in size from the small (135x92) to the very large (2200x3000). Entries have been received throughout New Zealand from Auckland to as far south as Dunedin and even from New Zealand artists residing in Australia and Barcelona.

There were a range of drawings utilising the expected materials such charcoal, graphite and pencil while other artists have chosen mediums such as metallic thread, chalk, recycled nylons, a plastic irrigation tube, a steel rod and even 800 metres of a .6mm fishing line – leaving the question open as to ‘what is drawing?’.

*The finalists for The Parkin Drawing Prize 2018
Alice Alva - 2 Units, 2 Titles
Dan Anbury - Mattress
Duncan Anderson - One Morning Break
Martin Ball - Fugitive
Miranda Bellamy - Stray
Mark Braunias - Egg Head Weds Hourglass (studies towards the Evolutional Mongrel)
David Brown - AR 2018 BEEN THERE
Sarah Callesen - Drawn Sound
Sarah Callesen - Unsounding
Christine Chae - +13,810 - 2,986
Andrea Chatenier - Big-fat-dotted line
Katherine Claypole - 5000 French Knots
Ruth Cleland - Paint, Concrete, Gold Grid
Jacqui Colley - Long Echo
Sam Dollimore - Would Probably be Shiny if I Could See It
Victoria / Ina Edwards + Johann - Concretions - drawing forces #2
Catherine English - My monstrous line - a gift
Michelle Farrell - The Passages of Aqueous
Michelle Farrell - Turbulance
Cara Fotofili - Clear Air Turbulence #2
Viky Garden - Sandringham Frost
Robyn Gibson - Field
Hannah Goodwin - Careful Nonsense
Sally Griffin - Friendship Cove
Matthew Griffin - Hidden
Margaret Eve Halliwell - Puponga 2
Frances Haszard - Making a bed
Jutta Humpfer - Runner-Up
Maggy Johnston - The Textures of the 800 metre Line
Marilyn Jones - Menagerie of Maquettes
Tamara Kan - Meniscus 3
Jae Kang - Into & Out of
Jonathan Kay - Ice Field #14, Te Moeka o Tuawe - Fox Glacier
Krystina Kaza - Faultless Failing
Krystina Kaza - Lines Laid Parallel
Viv Kepes - Oviparity I
Solyi Kim - Pencil marks - Wellington
Tim Larki - I Don't Share (One Hundred Metres Blue)
Marie Le Lievre - Heads Up (Table)
Hugo koha Lindsay - Failed geometry
Pipi Lovell-Smith - Turrell
Melissa Macleod - Drawing Water (Action: Brighton Estuary)
Harry McAlpine - The Daily Me (Recommended Content and Other Things You Might Like)
Dominic McElwee - 1d20
Stephanie McEwin - The Forgotten Feminists 1
Jean McKinnon - the pile-of-dirt tree
Rob McLeod - Explorer And Victims
Oliver Morse - Chartreuse ii
Wendy Murphy - Meditations on Mortality 5
Trevor Newman - Penumbra
Ainsley O'Connell - Casting a Line
Raaya Pathare - Chicago
Donna-Marie Patterson - Glitches in Progress
Donna-Marie Patterson - Human Daydream
Gary Peters - 24 drawings
Carolin Prinn - The King of The World
John Pusateri - Past Visitant
Rebekah Rasmussen - Quanta of love
Merthyr Ruxton - RED
Diane Scott - Lattice
Margaret Silverwood - I Think I'll Make an Exquisite Corpse Some Day
Charlotte-Aimee Smith - Mostly Drawing
Mo Stewart - Lifeblood
Morag Stokes - 26.3.18
Christine Taylor - Cuttting in Line
Molly Timmins - Handle With Care
Sian Torrington - Drawing, is dirty
Creek Waddington - Watching my neighbour again
Rebecca Wallis - Corpus 3
Robert West - I am still here
Billy Wilson - Grenfall
Creek Waddington and Sian Torrington - Lesbian domestic diptych

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