Ti­rau artist a win­ner

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

A Ti­rau artist Wilma Van Veen has won the 2018 ART Waikino Supreme Award and first prize Art Award for her oil paint­ing en­ti­tled Life.

Wilma could not be­lieve she had won this year's con­test.

“It has been a sur­prise and a first-time win in the con­test,” she says.

Wilma re­ceived two com­men­da­tions in the pre­vi­ous ART Waikino com­pe­ti­tions, which she has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in for the last four or five years.

Her paint­ing, Life shows a lit­tle boy look­ing at a bird stand­ing by a tree.

This some­what can­did paint­ing in­cludes com­plex­ity in its ex­e­cu­tion.

Wilma used a mix of oil and wa­ter to reach the de­sired thick­ness then drew con­tours with char­coals.

This cre­ates tex­ture to her work and leaves the viewer won­der­ing about the in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween the dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters painted on can­vas.

“I like to let peo­ple's imag­i­na­tion run free.

“I do not like to put too much in the pic­ture and want to leave it min­i­mal for peo­ple to make their own story up,” she says.

Wilma's creative ex­pres­sion started with ta­pes­tries.

“At the time I had dif­fer­ent ideas to add to my own pic­tures,” she says.

She started adding draw­ings from a colour­ing hand­book on to a ta­pes­try cloth and filled them with colours.

“Some­one told me, why don't you draw on it,” she says. She took draw­ing classes, and started paint­ing in 2001 and has never looked back since.

More of Wilma's work can be seen at the gallery Art on Main in Ti­rau.

The se­cond Art Award went to Sally Trush for her orig­i­nal col­la­graph en­ti­tled Nikau and the third prize went to Joe Hale for a col­lage en­ti­tled The Em­pire Strikes.

The Peo­ple's Choice award went to Waihi Beach artist Paul Herbert for his acrylic paint­ing show­ing the Is­land View dairy which was en­ti­tled Happy Dairy — Bowen­town Round­about.

PHO­TOS / ME­LANIE CAMOIN.

Paul Herbert (top left) re­ceived the Peo­ple’s Choice award for paint­ing a fa­mil­iar Waihi Beach build­ing.

Supreme Award and first Art award, Wilma Van Veen for her paint­ing, Life.

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