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25 Years of Winners: The Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners 1992-2016

July 4 - September 3

1992 winner Mark Braunias, 1996 winner  Jenny Dolezel, 2001 winner Peter Gibson Smith,

2006 winner Rohan Wealleans, 2011 winner Akiko Diegel, 2016 winner  André Hemer.


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25 Years of Winners presents the Paramount Award winning works since the establishment of the Wallace Art Awards.  From Mark Braunias’ 1992 Roll Call to André Hemer’s 2016 Big Node #10, each winning work has withstood the test of time. The works are diverse in discipline, form and style, providing an impressive cross-section of contemporary New Zealand visual art.

Sir James Wallace established the annual Wallace Art Awards in 1992, to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. They are now the longest-surviving, largest and richest annual art awards in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $275,000. The Awards provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the four major prize winners, through residencies at leading international arts institutions.

The Paramount Award is a premier prize for New Zealand artists. Currently the prize winner is awarded a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. The Award has given significant credibility and prospects to the winning artists, who have gone on to successful artistic careers, both nationally and internationally. Winners are presented with a unique bronze trophy by renowned sculptor Terry Stringer as part of their prize, and have their names added to a growing work by Peter Gibson Smith, Roll Call.

The Paramount Award winning works to date are:

2016 André Hemer
Big Node #10, 2015. Acrylic and pigment on canvas, 1375 x 1025mm
2015 Visesio Siasau
Tongan Tapa Cloth, 2014. Tongan customary pigments and dye on bark cloth, 4040 x 18060mm
2014 Roger Mortimer
Otago Harbour, 2014. Acrylic ink on canvas, 600 x 650mm
2013 Jae Hoon Lee
The Dry Valley, 2012. Digital photograph, 2080 x 950mm
2012 Shigeyuki Kihara
Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012
Digital video, 4 min 59 sec
2011 Akiko Diegel
Cure, 2011Disprin packet, perspex, 650 x 450 x 27mm
2010 Sam Mitchell
Janus, 2010Acrylic on perspex, 1055 x 805mm
2009 F4
The Correction, 2009
Photographic diptych, 600 x 1500mm
2008 Richard LEWER
Skill, Discipline, Training   
Synthetic polymer paint on billiard-table cloth
1200 x 2000mm
2007 James ROBINSON
TANIWHA/DRAGON (qi gong notes, spirit bones)
Mixed media on paper (sewn) and mixed media on canvas
2500 x 3000mm
2006 Rohan Wealleans
Tingler, 2006
Paint, fiberglass, and steel
2005 Sara Hughes
Download, 2005
Acrylic paint on linen
2004 Jim Speers
English Electric, 2004
Acrylic, Vinyl & Fluorescent Light (Light Box)
2003 Jeffrey Harris
From Dream # 2838, 2003
Oil On Linen
2002 Judy MILLAR
Big Pink Shimmering One, 2002
Oil & acrylic on linen
750 – painting, 2001
Egg tempera on inlaid gesso on timber panels
2000 Gregor KREGAR
Prstan, 2000
Steel and plexiglass
1999 Bing DAWE
Figure with eel, 1999
Kauri, steel, wire mesh
1998 Elizabeth THOMSON
Southern cross parterre, 1998
Bronze (paint, patina)
1997 Peter STICHBURY
Truce, 1997
Oil on canvas
1996 Jenny DOLEZEL
Charm school, 1996
Oil on canvas
1995 Fatu FEU’U
Ivivia, 1995
Oil paint, oil stick on canvas
1994 Bill HAMMOND
Watching for Buller, 1993
Oil on canvas
1993 Jeff BROWN
Untitled, 1992
Oil on metal
1992 Mark BRAUNIAS
Roll-Call, 1992
Oil, wax, enamel on canvas


July 4
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