Sliding doors with sandblasted glass panels reflect Basia's quirky and unique designs. Double doors disappear into hidden cavities and separate a busy little kitchen area from the quiet lounge area in a small and compact Wellington apartment. The bathroom window depicts a flying tui over a suburban garden landscape featuring NZ native flowers and fern leaves.
The 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) had a wonderful opening night on Thursday the 28 of February, in Wintec’s The Atrium. The weather was fine, and we received an excellent turn out of Waikato Society of Arts members, a substantial number of finalists who had travelled from far and wide to attend and several new faces.
Sam Cunnane (representing Wintec, our major partner for the award) opened the evening before handing over to Kim Paton (our 2019 judge from Object Space in Auckland). Kim had three awards to deliver and began with the Print Award (valued at $1,000), generously sponsored by the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which was awarded to Basia Smolnicki for her work At the End of the Day. Following, Kim delivered Wintec’s Merit Award (valued also at $1,000) which went to Telly Tuita for his work Expulsion from Paradise. Finally, Kim delivered the main prize, generously sponsored once again by the Vela Family Trust. This award, valued at $20,000, went to Claudia Kogachi for her work Mom wait up.
The Award was open to the public for three full days (from Friday through to Sunday) and included a floor talk by the judge on the Saturday morning. During this time, exhibition visitors had the opportunity to vote for their favourite work, giving the artists an additional chance to win the People’s Choice Award which was generously sponsored by Gordon Harris Art Supplies (an award to the value of $750). The Gordon Harris People’s Choice Award was taken with a very high majority, by Heather Campbell for her work Deported Mugshot, 1928, Sydney.
Thank you once again to everyone who came along in support of the 2019 NZPPA, our judge, Kim Paton, our incredible sponsors, and of course to all of the outstanding artists who entered.
Finalist Basia Smolnicki NZPPA 2019 entry 'At the End of the Day' 2018 woodcut | image size 420 x 600 mm
Entries for the 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award closed on November 23rd totalling just under 300.
40 entries have been selected by judge, Kim Paton, Director of Auckland’s Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art tutor as finalists for the New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award 2019.
The award announcement event will take place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The Atrium (a ticketed event). At the opening, Kim will announce the recipient of the Grand Prize who will receive an award of $20,000, generously sponsored once again by the Vela family. Alongside the Grand Prize, Kim will also be awarding two Merit Awards, one from Wintec and the other from Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand. The winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris will be announced after the exhibition has closed. After the opening night, the exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March. A series of events are planned during this time, including a judge’s floor talk.
2019 heralds a change of venue for the NZPPA as the Waikato Society of Arts, in collaboration with our new major partner, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), bring the award exhibition to Hamilton’s CBD. The award exhibition will be shown at Wintec’s premier event venue, The Atrium, which is located inside one of the city’s beautifully restored historic buildings on the central city campus (Wintec House). This significant development aims to take advantage of the recently invigorated gallery scene in Hamilton’s CBD, encourage a broader audience for the exhibition and tie in with the visual arts fare on show in the Hamilton arts precinct.
Exhibition opening and award ceremony 28 February 2019
Exhibition dates 1 March - 3 March 2019 (free entry)
Explore the exciting world of woodblock techniques and learn how to transfer your ideas into powerful and graphic relief print images.
Basia will introduce you to a range of different woodcut methods with time to develop your individual print project to completion. Students will be instructed how to transfer drawings to woodblock, carving techniques and how to sharpen woodcutting tools. Mixing colour, rolling ink onto woodblock and using the printing press with confidence will be demonstrated and discussed.
Reduction woodcut methods, repeat pattern printing, multi-block colour and registration, combining collage with print, hand-colouring and embossing techniques will also be included.
Students are encouraged to bring reference images,drawings and any woodcutting tools they may already own.
Most materials will be provided.
Suitable for all levels.
When: Monday 14th - Friday 18th January 10am - 4pm (25 hours, one hour lunch each day)
Programme: Summer School (January) 2019
Tutor: Basia Smolnicki
Spaces left: 7
Fee: NZ $425.00 - Registration ends 9 January, 2019 11.59pm
Interested? Contact Mark at www.inverlochy.org.nz
House & Garden 2018 Woodblock with collage
Feature bathroom window for a new house on the Wellington Kapiti coast separates the bathroom from the open plan bedroom area. Double glazed for energy efficiency, the sandblasted design is etched on the toughened glass panel inside the double glazed unit. Natural sunlight filters through the clear glass casting patterns of light onto horizontal and vertical surfaces changing daily throughout the different seasons.
During the recent 2018 Ukekele Festival in Geraldine I visited the Temuka Library, Information and Service Centre - 16 kms south on the main road to Timaru. A tiny little rural town and home to Temuka Pottery. I designed a window frieze a little while back and finally got the chance to visit and photograph my work in situ. Looks like sandblasted glass but it's frosted vinyl film supplied and installed by Geraldine Signs. Love the technology! I can email artwork as an illustrator file from home to about anywhere in the world.
PCANZ Selected Exhibition at ArtsPost Galleries Waikato Museum
Last week I taught a week long intensive block course - Copper Sulphate & Salt Etching on Aluminum plates at The Learning Connexion www.tlc.ac.nz. It was good to revisit this technique. We used non-toxic methods: acrylic floor polish & Liquitex pouring medium as a hard ground, soda ash solution to remove the hard ground and Kremelta for negative and positive mark-making in a variety of tones. No need to aquatint aluminium plates for tones! The students printed their plates using soy oil based Akua inks on to good quality Fabriano printmaking paper. They created a wonderful variety of prints and incorporated the chine collé technique - collaging hand-coloured cartridge paper in between ink and paper
Basia Smolnicki is a Wellington based artist specialising in traditionally hand crafted fine art Prints and Sandblast/ etched glass for homes and interiors.