‘Plant dust’ wins Walker& Hall award
Artist Janna Isbey has won this year’s $5000 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award.
The Walker & Hall award is an annual national art award for two-dimensional works in any medium.
Isbey took top spot with her silk linen plant and clay pigment, ink and cotton work Plant Dust.
But the Aucklander was unable to attend the gallery’s gala awards ceremony as she is currently living overseas.
Judge Simon Mcintyre, who is senior lecturer in the visual arts at AUT University, announced the winner at the event on October 20, held in association with Casita Miro and The Skin Institute Waiheke.
An accomplished artist himself, the judge is also the son of iconic New Zealand, painter Peter Mcintyre.
‘‘The Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award has clearly developed a strong reputation over the years as this was an exhibition full of work which was skilful, thoughtful, visually stunning and - in some instances - very humorous,’’ Simon Mcintyre said.
‘‘This is a significant exhibition in the New Zealand arts calendar and all the works this year are of a very high standard.
‘‘It was also great to see young emerging artists installed along- side some well-established names.’’
Two other awards were also announced at the gala evening.
The winner of the $500 Michael Evans Award, sponsored by The Skin Institute for a figurative work, was won by Waiheke artist Ilya Volykhine for his work, Sum- mer Children (oil, mixed media on canvas).
And the winner of the $1000 Zinni Douglas Merit Award, sponsored by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, was Rohan Hartley Mills with the work, Poor Traitor (acrylic on canvas).
The Walker & Hall is now a major award event in the New Zealand visual arts calendar having been running for over 10 years.
This year there were more than 60 entries, with 31 chosen for the award exhibition.
‘‘This award exhibition is our most popular annual event,’’ gal- lery director Linda Chalmers said.
Waiheke artists entered for the 2017 Walker & Hall Art Award included Anah Dunsheath, Stuart Jobling, Ilya Volykhine, Ellen Johansen and Michael Walker, Preston Camp, Barbara Robinson and Katie Trinkle-legge.