Matchboxes light up art
With works ranging from the blood and sand of Tiki Taane to a pink balaclava-clad Vladimir Putin it’s clear that artists for this auction were thinking outside the box.
Artists, musicians, designers and celebrities including Dave Dobbyn, Tiki Taane, Lucy Lawless and Jon Toogood were given a matchbox by Amnesty International and asked to create something on the mini canvas.
More than 50 creations are now up for grabs on Trade Me until Friday raising funds to help protect human rights.
Scaling down a large painting to a canvas measuring just 5cm by 7cm was no easy feat for Newton-based artist and graphic designer Nigel Smith.
‘‘Some of my paintings are huge so this was quite a challenge. Some people have done this incredibly complex stuff – it’s really impressive.’’
His piece All Things Are On Fire, a variation on a larger painting of his, is made of two boxes joined together and took about six hours to create.
‘‘I was thinking about my association with matches. It comes back to misspent youth – smoking and playing in rock bands – so this rock’n’roll kind of imagery with the skull with the headphones was kind of appropriate.’’
Fellow graphic designer Caitlin MacDonald struck up her own idea for the project.
The Grey Lynn resident has converted a matchbox into a pinhole camera.
‘‘It’s a working camera so you can take a picture and develop the film,’’ she says.
Go to trademe.co.nz/ stores/amnestyinternational to check out the designs.
See aucklandcity harbournews.co.nz for images of the artworks.
Strike a pose: Graphic designers Caitlin MacDonald, left, and Nigel Smith have created matchbox art to be auctioned for Amnesty International.