12 September 2011

Two NZ Printmakers Receive Awards

Two NZ Printmakers received awards last week
in the annual Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards 2011

Robyn Kahukiwa, Haka, 2003
Limited Edition Print, 24 x 18 in

Acclaimed contemporary artist Robyn Kahukiwa, was awarded
Te Tohu Toi Ke, the award for 'Making a Difference'.
Over 30 years, her work has promoted Maori culture nationally and internationally,
and has proved innovative, challenging and important
in the broadening perceptions of Maori art.
In galleries of the world, or award winning children’s books at home,
Robyn’s instantly recognisable style is seen as an affirmation of the mana of Maori art.
Formerly a secondary school art teacher,
Robyn Kahukiwa is now one of the most widely represented artists
in New Zealand’s public art collections.

This article was in the Otago Daily Times about NZ printmaker Marilynn Webb:

"Dunedin artist and teacher Marilynn Webb
has been honoured for her contribution to Maori art.
Dr Webb was awarded Nga Tohu a Ta Kingi Ihaka
for her 'lifetime of achievement in art and leadership as a Maori artist'
at the Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards in the Wellington Town Hall on Saturday.

"I was very surprised and very honoured," Dr Webb (74) said yesterday.
The award recognises Maori artists who have strengthened Maori culture
through their support of nga toi Maori.
Dr Webb, who is of Nga Puhi descent, has an international reputation
as a printmaker and educator.
She grew up in Opotiki and worked as a Department of Education arts adviser
in Auckland, Northland and Fiji, before moving to Dunedin in 1974
to take up the University of Otago Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.
She subsequently lectured in printmaking at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art
from 1988 to 2008 and was appointed emeritus principal lecturer
in recognition of her contribution to research and teaching at the institution.

Dr Webb has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1960s
and her work is held in private and public collections
in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States.

Her work has often reflected her environmental concerns,
referencing New Zealand southern wilderness areas
like Lake Mahinerangi, the Ida Valley, Fiordland and Stewart Island.

In 2000, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for her contribution to art and art education and, last year,
was awarded an honorary doctor of laws by the University of Otago.

The Te Waka Toi Awards celebrate leadership, outstanding contribution
and excellence in Maori arts and the achievements of Maori art practitioners and advocates."

Congratulations to Robyn Kahukiwa and Marilynn Webb,
 in recognition of all your years of hard work.
You are both fabulous printmakers too!!! 

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