Painter dis­cov­ers fresh can­vas

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

A Whitby house painter is tak­ing a break from work to fo­cus on a dif­fer­ent type of paint­ing.

Artist Tom Wal­lace, 24, was the win­ner of the Un­leash Art Com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by North City Shop­ping Cen­tre.

His work fea­tures all the dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple who visit the cen­tre.

Wal­lace said he pre­pared for the piece by spend­ing a day sketch­ing the peo­ple he saw in the cen­tre and his art­work rep­re­sents that.

‘‘I was try­ing to get a sense of com­mu­nity that the mall cre­ates,’’ he said.

The labourer and house painter took leave from his job to paint the work, which fea­tures on a wall in the level 2 foyer.

He said the $2500 prize would cover the time he’d spent on the work.

The win came after the top 10 works were dis­played in the cen­tre dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

‘‘I thought I had a chance, but didn’t think I’d ac­tu­ally win,’’ Wal­lace said.

Wal­lace started paint­ing as a child and grad­u­ated with a graphic de­sign de­gree from Massey Univer­sity two years ago.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Within the lines: Artist Tom Wal­lace paints his win­ning de­sign at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre.

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