Art is the best language for John Ward Knox.
The 30-year-old Freemans Bay artist was one of five finalists in the 2014 Parkin Drawing Prize – the premier New Zealand award for drawing – against 453 other entries.
He missed out on the top spot but took home a highly commended award on August 6 with his entry The Poems of James K Baxter Typed On A Single Point.
The piece was done on a typewriter with Ward Knox typing out 50 poems, letter-by-letter and back-spacing between each, so the ink eventually created a hole in the paper. It took a solid week of typing, he says.
‘‘There were all these tiny little physical marks, things that happen with a piece of paper when you’re typing over time.
‘‘The words end up disappearing and the thing that remains is the effect of them.
‘‘In a way the work I was doing was a reflection of a creative life that ends.’’
Ward Knox completed his studies at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2008.
He is now based in a studio on Karangahape Rd and holds down three jobs to keep his passion going.
Having art awards are good for the artistic community, Ward Knox says.
Arty life: John Ward Knox says becoming an artist was a ‘‘foregone conclusion’’. Inset: The Poems of James K Baxter Typed On A Single Point.