First Impressions Prize Winners, til 9 Nov, Auckland

First Impressions National Printmaking Exhibition opened earlier this week
at Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay in Auckland.
This exhibition showcases printmaking from artists across New Zealand

For those of you who are out of Auckland, I thought you might like to see,
so here are some of the 60 works included in the show, and the prize winners:

 1st Prize: Struan Hamilton for Lebbeus Suite 1

Struan Hamilton, Lebbeus Suite 1
Viscosity etching

2nd Prize: Marty Vreede for Give Away

Marty Vreede, Give Away
Woodcut, wax, harekeke

3rd Prize:  Rosemary Mortimer for Paper On Paper: A Dialogue (Blue Version)
Rosemary Mortimer, Paper On Paper: A Dialogue (Blue Version)
Offset surface print
3 Merit Award Winners:

Sheree Stone for Untitled II (Substratum)
Kheang Ov for My Two Friends
Julia Ellery for Playing Possum

Sheree Stone, Untitled II (Substratum)

Kheang Ov, My Two Friends
Reduction woodcut

Julia Ellery, Playing Possum
Plate lithography

I felt that there was great diversity in processes and styles,
and a broad range of subject matter too - there is something for everyone!
It is open until 9 November, so I really encourage you to go see the exhibition if you can make it,
and while you are there also cast your vote for the 'People's Choice Award'.

Unfortunately I can't put all 60 works on here,
but here are few other interesting prints I enjoyed that you might like to see:

Bev Head, Untitled
Solarplate intaglio

Diane Harries, Landfall
Monoprint collage
Emma McLellan, Cloned Birds Room
Screenprint and painting
Mariette van Zuydam, Still Life with Turtle
Samer Hatam, Hard Lines

Images courtesy of artists and Mairangi Arts Centre
[PS. I will update this in a few days to add the judges' comments about the winners,
please check back soon to read more]