Top Art Exhibition - Painting


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Adelaide McCluskey, St Matthew's Collegiate

Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

Conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University.

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Aidan Dunlop, Marlborough Boys' College

My plans for 2014:

Find a full-time job. No plans for future schooling.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Ideas developed from artists Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian, Jesse Reno, Sigmar Polke and Kara Walker.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Impasto gel, string, patterned paper, acrylic paint.

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Anishchal Raman, Otahuhu College

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Anna Clarke, Kerikeri High School

Outstanding Scholarship

Information about my work: 'Ideas for Africa'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I am strongly influenced by found images – magazines etc. – and turned to National Geographic to find initial pictures around an African theme. This theme was conceived because my mother’s side of the family comes from Africa. Over the year I was influenced by my experiences, such as skiing and time spent on the coast, to paint elements of the New Zealand landscape. I enjoy painting when it has a message, as it makes the exercise feel much more worthwhile. I therefore decided to paint with the aim of expressing the need to protect both the fragile balance of the natural environment and the animals that we share our world with.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Pencil and ink sketches. All paintings done in acrylics on either card or wooden board.

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Claire Roderick, Te Puke High School

My plans for 2014:

This year I will not be continuing my artistic studies but will be taking a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree at Massey University, Palmerston North.

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Freya Milner, Wellington East Girls' College

Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

I am taking a gap year to pursue work in film and see a little more of the world. I’ll continue to paint and sculpt independently and plan to study fine arts at Massey in 2015.

Information about my work: 'Elemental'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Initially my work was about exploring the relationship between people and landscape, and eventually that became more about the power struggle between the two, focused on the elements and man. I liked the idea that as human beings we are from the earth, but there is such a distinction between natural and ‘man made’ things now. I also wanted my work to have a filmic quality to it, even if I didn’t use film as a medium. My work became a narrative about the relationship people have with the environment, captured in moments, like film stills.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Most of my work is done in pencil, acrylic, and dried layers of gel medium, which I then used within painted works, as well as a canvas in itself. The sculptures on the second panel were made with modelling clay and wire framing.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I often found myself having a creative block when faced with the size of the portfolio and the limited dimensions this presented. I wanted to put as much ‘real’ work on my boards as I could, as part of my concept was the idea of hands and things being made tangible, and often photographs or scans of paintings compromise so much of a work’s depth.

I also had a lot of ideas about things I wanted to paint/create that stretched beyond painting as a medium and jumped too far ahead of where I was at conceptually. It was a challenge to create three panels that flowed aesthetically and made logical sense to someone other than myself, but given another board (and plenty more time!) there are still lots of new and different directions in which I would push this series of work (such as photography and film).

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Hamish Potter, Wairarapa College

My plans for 2014:

Studying architecture at Victoria University.

Information about my work: 'Power'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

Initially I worked around the theme of power in today’s society – big brands, celebrities and other powerful icons. I then developed this into something I believe highlights the contrast between groups and individuals in terms of power and its benefits.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Though I only used pencil and acrylic paints, I enjoyed using other tools to create things such as the splatter effect that is used frequently throughout my work.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I found the biggest difficulty with my board was dealing with the large workload and juggling art with other subjects. I believe the time restraints significantly lowered the standard of my work.

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Jenny Palmer, Takapuna Grammar School

Top Subject Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

I’ll be at AUT studying visual arts.

Information about my work: 'Rosie'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had never painted the figure before, so it was a theme I wanted to experiment with. The aesthetics of my board are concerned with the dynamic tension between the complexity and simplicity inherent in Japanese art. The female figure transforms constantly in terms of representation. She begins as a somewhat submissive, sensual and perhaps even unidentifiable body. However, her presence and vibrancy increase while the voyeuristic connotations of the work decrease. Instead of being devoured by the viewer’s gaze, she demands respect from the onlooker from her own empowered perspective.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used multiple layers of watered down acrylics, as well as various methods of water-based printing. I tried to make sure I produced the same illumination of natural light on skin across the boards.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I learnt never to underestimate the time it takes to complete a work that you are satisfied with, and how easy it is to fall into the trap of portraying women in potentially degrading and undignified ways.

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Josh Taylor, Mount Maunganui College

Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington.

Information about my work: 'Encounter'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I had previously been interested in scenarios of conflict between modern day subcultures, though I felt that this idea lacked depth and purpose. I really liked the idea of creating humour through awkward positioning of these people from opposing cultures. This led me to the similar theme of ‘two worlds’, where I began to explore encounters between the first European explorers and indigenous peoples.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used a bit of water colour, but mostly acrylic. I tended to use a lot of layers in my paintings, often beginning with black, to try and create strong, vivid colours and depth.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I really enjoyed thinking about conceptual ideas around my theme, then trying to portray these through narrative.

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Liam Hoffman, James Hargest College

Outstanding Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

This year I will be attending the Dunedin School of Art, studying towards a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Information about my work: 'Godspeed You! Dying World'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

There is an overall environmental theme to the board, but I wanted to take that and blow it out of proportion, so my aim was to start simple and then intensify it into a bizarre, twisted conclusion. This is seen via the duck and egg analogy at the start, which results in a mutated, tendril-tastic finish in the third panel. This is how I was going to convey the idea of the negative impact humans have on Earth. The first panel is a narration of a God figure giving the Earth-egg to man (the suited devil). The second one shows our greed and our destructive way of living. The last panel shows an uninhabitable world we have created. I’m trying to show we have the potential to make our world a sustainable place to live.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

The board gets more visually intense as it progresses, a technique that supports the theme of exaggeration. I used mostly acrylic paint with occasional water paints for things like skies dripping and splatter marks. The top half of board three uses lots of dry brushing on paint overlays to give a scratchy effect, whereas board two uses a realistic, rounded painting style to reference the style of Magritte.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I was originally cutting and pasting the paintings together (see first board), which made them look flat. So I had to get used to things like perspective and depth. I had to scratch half of board two and start over due to idea changes and rushed painting, which threw me back time-wise. The high point was being able to reference my artist models.

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Luke Strawbridge, Hutt International Boys' School

Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

Study at Massey University majoring in visual communication design.

Information about my work: 'Operation: Illumoonati'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I began my board by researching into the Illuminati and the controversy related to it, but the more I researched, the more I found out about the group’s links to animal testing. This involves a small section of the Illuminati. Governments overlook the abuse, but it very much interested me and started to consume my board. This was combined with the idea of making the perfect man/species no matter the cost.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

  • Collage
  • Diorama
  • Water colour/acrylic paint
  • Pen illustration

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I found many of the facts about how we treat animals in testing disturbing to say the least! The reason my board ventures into an illustrative/cartoony side is because I felt that, had I not done that, it would have become disturbing to view, because in reality it is disturbing how we treat some innocent animals.

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Rachelle Husband, Craighead Diocesan School

My plans for 2014:

I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Otago University.

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Sanja Poznanović, Pakuranga College

Information about my work: 'Transcending Dimensions'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

My work focuses on how shapes and patterns define forms in space within an urban backdrop. I explored the idea by creating strong contrasts within each piece, with fine detail being challenged by empty spaces or large minimalistic shapes.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Gel medium as a thickener, collage, recycling pages from old books, photography and Photoshop for designing and planning certain pieces.

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Sarah Auckram, Bayfield High School

Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

I plan on studying at Otago University, doing a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Information about my work: 'The Consumption of Beauty'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I used the artist Tjalf Sparnaay as the initial inspiration for my first panel of work, which then developed in the second panel to a more defined theme. At first it started as a study of painting realistic food. I then saw how some food is often portrayed as glamorous in the media, such as with McDonalds. However, this food is known to be unhealthy. I then started showing how consumerism destroys beautiful things, e.g. the Mona Lisa, or turns healthy people unhealthy. Looking at George Ritzer’s book The McDonaldization of Society, my overall theme was “not about McDonalds itself but rather how the principles of the fast food industry have come to dominate all parts of human society.”

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used acrylic paint on paper, card and canvas for the main body of the work.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

A high point was learning a lot about consumerism when researching the topic. This included learning how political pop art critiques consumerism and how religion has been replaced by consuming unneeded products, i.e. how people’s values have changed over time. Learning about this was also a low point.

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Sean Parkinson, Hamilton Boys High School

My plans for 2014:

Studying media and creative technologies at Waikato University.

Information about my work: 'Girls'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

A range of different types of women in their bare forms.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

I used a dark black and white theme and a bright colour theme and fused them together on the last board.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

I had a lot of fun creating this piece of work.

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Tallulah Tiger Willis, St Dominic's College

Oustanding Scholarship

My plans for 2014:

Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Auckland.

Information about my work: 'Exploring Tattoos'

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

I started with the broad theme of tattooing and soon became interested in the confrontational nature of tattoos. However, as I explored this I also had many discussions with tattooed family members, mostly women. Their stories inspired me to depict the positive way tattoos can express identity. I used the confrontational aspects of my earlier work to create powerful images representing these women as tattooed individuals whose self-expression and strength does not exist at the expense of their beauty and femininity.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Across my board I experimented with a range of techniques and media. One of the most important techniques was layering, both building up with card and lace, as well as stripping away with sgraffito and cut-outs. This emphasised the idea of tattoos expressing multiple layers of a person’s identity on an outer layer of the body. I used acrylics throughout the year as well as dyes, Indian ink, oil pastels, wallpaper, lace and netting.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

During the production of my work I spent a lot of time talking to tattooed people and evaluating my own thoughts and views on tattoos. While I struggled early on to find a path I wanted to follow, I was able to take time to discover aspects of my theme that were both interesting and relevant to my family and me. Towards the end of the year, I realised that this played a significant role in not only developing my initial idea, but also transforming it. I have ended up with work that expresses a much more personal journey than first expected. This only happened because I was so lost at the start of the year, leading me to seek more knowledge and understanding of my theme before I had completed much work.

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Vivian Wu, Howick College

My plans for 2014:

Bachelor of Design at AUT.

Information about my work:

Ideas / Concepts / Themes

The main theme of my folio is the anthropogenic (man-made) impacts on wild animals because it’s an interesting theme to explore. Each piece depicts, in different ways, how various human activities – global warming, urbanisation, consumerism and technology – have affected wildlife and the survival of some species. The message is clear with some pieces, but subtle or obscure with others, which gives the audience a sense of uncertainty.

Techniques / Processes / Materials

Materials: acrylics, spray paint, water colours, neocolour pastels, different kinds of paper and textured materials. I incorporated collage in to my work, which added more texture and visual interest, and helped me develop my ideas further.

Highs and lows that arose during the production of my work:

High points: I enjoyed working with a wide range of materials and using different processes that I’ve never really used before, such as paint splattering and dripping.

Low points: There were times when I found it difficult to find inspiration for new ideas and pieces of work.

 

 
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