Art ca­reer built on Ki­wiana

Central Leader - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

Janice Nap­per has been in­ter­ested in art all her life.

Ten years ago the Auck­land mother of two de­cided to make a ca­reer out of it.

‘‘I was jug­gling kids and I started think­ing I won­der if I could make some money out of this,’’ she says.

‘‘That’s the bot­tom line, it’s fun to do but if you want to make an in­come out of it you’ve got to re­ally com­mit to it.’’

She gave her­self three years to see if she could make some­thing of it and she has not looked back since.

A lot of Nap­per’s work is heav­ily in­flu­enced by Ki­wiana and she likes to re­cy­cle things that people see no value in any­more.

‘‘I think that us­ing the re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als con­veys a lot of en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sages and I have done that in quite a few works,’’ she says.

‘‘I also like to use hu­mour in my art­work which seems to ap­peal to people.’’

Nap­per loves to scour op­shops and fairs to find the per­fect ad­di­tions to her pieces.

She is en­joy­ing work­ing with old 78 records.

‘‘I re­ally like the cir­cu­lar shape and be­ing able to cut them into the hemi­spheres.’’

Prom­i­nent New Zealand sculp­tor Michael Parekowhai is one of many Kiwi artists who in­spires her.

‘‘I like a lot of con­tem­po­rary artists. Dick Frizzell went through the ad­ver­tis­ing in­dus­try like my­self and spent a ca­reer try­ing to work and jug­gle his own art’’, she says.

‘‘I also liked Rita An­gus’ take on things, and as a woman pain­ter she set new ground and new ter­ri­to­ries.’’

Nap­per will have pieces on show and avail­able for pur­chase at the AUT Orig­i­nal Art Sale.

‘‘It’s a cool con­cept, any­one can come along and see a wide va­ri­ety of art in a sort of su­per­mar­ket en­vi­ron­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘People can buy art off the pan­els and then it is in­stantly re­placed with some­thing else com­pletely dif­fer­ent.’’

The event fea­tures some prom­i­nent New Zealand artists as well as young emerg­ing talent.

There are more than 1200 works by more than 350 New Zealand artists with prices rang­ing from $100 to $5000.

The event kicks off on Fri­day May 16 and runs through to Sun­day May 18 at the Voda­fone Events Cen­tre in Manukau.

Colourful piece: Janice Nap­per with one of her works in her stu­dio.

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