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New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2011

Winners announced at gala opening

On the opening night of the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival, Warwick Brown announced his choice for the prestigious New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award along with six merit awards. The award is sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust.

The winner of the $20,000 award is: 

John McLean for his oil painting on canvas: Dinghy and waka with unstable foreshore structures. 

The merit awards went to:

Garry Currin    Various distances apart    Kaipara  (oil on canvas)

Jenny Dolezel   What is this 'Real Life' thing I keep hearing about? (III)  (oil on canvas)

Gina Jones   Untitled (square hologram)  (lenticular photograph)

Ian Moore    JG01.1   (acrylic on canvas)

Scott Powell    Interculture   (acrylic)

Linda Roche   Pigment study: 10 shades of black oil paint: Composition #5   (oil on canvas)

See the winners and other finalists for the 2011 NZPPA.

The People's Choice award *went to:

Michelle Bellamy     Looking to Omaha    

*People's Choice Award prize was kindly sponsored by Gordon Harris - The Art & Graphic Store Hamilton.

The exhibition was held daily from noon to 6 pm in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion throughout the Festival, 19 February through 3 March. Free admission.




Warwick Brown, well known author, lecturer, artist and consultant on contemporary art will judge New Zealand’s 11th annual Painting and Printmaking Award to be held in Hamilton in February 2011.

“Each year, the single most important decision of our committee is to select an outstanding judge, who will signal to contestants the standard of work expected in this important event,” says spokesperson Pam Nash.  “Warwick brings a lifetime’s interest and knowledge in this field, and we are delighted to have him accept this position.”    Warwick’s most recent book, published in 2009 is ‘Seen this Century: 100 Contemporary New Zealand Artists’. Entries in the Award, which is open to any New Zealand person, close on October 8th. With a first prize of $20,000 plus purchase of the winning work by principal sponsors, the Philip Vela Family Trust, this lucrative Award attracts artists from throughout the country. Beginning with 2000 winner Gavin Hipkins, the event has served to springboard the careers of many now well-known artists, and the exhibition of finalists’ work in the Pavilion, Hamilton Gardens, is viewed by several thousand visitors each February during the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival. 

Finalists from 2010 NZPPA

WSA expresses its thanks to the following for their help for the New Zealand Paint and Printmaking Award 2011.

Philip Vela Family Trust

Craigs Investment Partners

Accountants On London

Waikato Times

Skycity Hamilton Community Trust

Gordon Harris - The Art & Graphic Store

Yealand Estate Wine


Pak'N Save Mill St.

Ventura Inn & Suites Hamilton

Step Ahead Training Ltd.

Carlton Party Hire

Bayleys Real Estate