Artist a fan of Pataka awards
David Abbotts says the large kiwi in his painting may have been the clincher.
The Pukerua Bay resident won the viewer’s choice prize in last year’s Pataka Friends Arts Award. He earned $500 for his effort, a large oil work that features a massive kiwi superimposed on a traditional New Zealand landscape.
‘‘ I was really surprised and gratified to be acknowledged like that, especially when I’m so critical of my own work,’’ he said.
A designer by trade, for Pacific Wallcoverings in Elsdon, Abbotts said he had been painting most of his life.
He has an interest in ecology and endangered species.
He said the art awards were fantastic for showing off the talent in the city, and that a flourishing arts and culture is a positive sign of a healthy society.
The awards is open to artists who work, live or study in Porirua, and work must have been completed in the past year.
Organiser Carolyn Wallace said it was open to all art forms, from painting, print, collage, photography and textiles, to pottery, glass and sculpture.
‘‘ It brings so many fabulous artists out of the woodwork,’’ Wallace said.
‘‘It’s great for Porirua and the support of Pataka and visitors [to the exhibition] is so wonderful.’’
The deadline for registrations and getting an entry form to Pataka for this year’s awards is August 11.
The winners will be announced on August 21 and the exhibition open from August 22 till September 21.
The winning piece of art will receive $ 1000, a highly commended entry will get $750 and the viewer’s choice award winner collects $500. All art will be for sale. Entry costs $10 for students and $20 for others.
Go to the Pataka reception or pataka.org.nz for information.
Kiwi winner: David Abbotts’ oil painting earned praise in last year’s
art awards at Pataka.