Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards

The Gilmore Brown 2014 Art Awards were held on September 5th. What a fantastic result for our artists. A big congratulations to all those who received an award, the standard of work was very high. Check out the video below and the judges comments of all the award winners. 

Exhibition is open to the public at the Matakohe Kauri Museum until October 5th. Be sure to head along and check out all the incredible talent.

Judges Comments Per Category:


First                    Kauri Bowl Reflections                by Robyn Mitchell

Beautiful and sophisticated use of kowhaiwhai, and innovative presentation using a mirror base to reflect the intricate design subtly hidden on the under surface of the bowl.


Second               The Long Boat                              by John Whelan

Fun, entertaining, beautifully crafted and evocative of the ancestors of northern Europe, The Long Boat is a wonderful blend of craftsmanship and design.


Third                           A Simple Twist of Fate                by Elliott Freer

Sinuous and elegant a simple twist of fate suggests many influences from eels to taniwha. The darkly figured timber finds an echo in the finished design.


Highly Commended            Rangimarie                 by Liz Mulligan

A well-executed portrait of a woman with eyes closed in silent meditation or repose, with psychological depth and insight.



First                    Plate                                                      by Terry Haines

A stunning work of classical simplicity, gravitas and style where the perfection of the design transcends the excellence of the craftsmanship.


Second               Town House                                 by Carol Robinson

Paperclay and glaze slab built

An entire world of busy human activity mysteriously happening behind the scenes is evoked in this imaginative and engaging work, made with great skill and technical precision.


Third                           Untitled                                        by Amber Brownlie

Clay and cast glass

A lovely, well-controlled study of abstract forms in an attractive composition and appealing form, this work would be equally successful on a much larger scale. The combination of ceramic and glass elements is especially effective.


Highly Commended            Head                                    by Terry Haines

This number 5 pool ball has come to life in a quirky character with irresistible pop art sensibilities.



First                    Lord of the Forest                        by Pauline Gough

Virtuoso use of the palette knife and bold application of acrylic colour enliven a fabulous portrait of a mighty kauri. (It might look better in a dark wooden frame)


Second               Twins                                            by Keith Bell

Impossible to ignore, this arresting pair of portraits of a venerable couple combines sophisticated contemporary accents with strong traditional values in an intriguing blend of styles at once tender and slightly unsettling.


Third                           The Road North                                 by Christopher Hoult

Succulently painted in the authentic colours of the North, The Road North cleverly captures the essence of a Northland road trip on an appropriately undulating surface of corrugated iron.


Highly Commended            Tender                        by Rebecca Clist

Interesting use of a variety of mixed media come together in a well-realised and appealing psychological portrait.



First                    Strong Man                                  by Alistair Morrow

Silver gelatin print

A flawlessly executed portrait of the highest artistic and compositional integrity, with a magnificent subject and great insightfulness.


Second               Untitled                                        by Rebecca Clist

In the artist’s own words, waves and a half face have been juxtaposed for individual interpretation in this evocative, brilliantly composed and rendered dry point etching, with inventive use of coloured tissue paper forming an integral part of the image.


Third                           Blowing in the Wind                   by Barry Clark

An intriguing work with constant interest for the viewer as it gradually reveals the complexities of space and form hiding behind the deceptively simple surface motif of waving toi toi.


Highly Commended            Reflections                 by Kathy Strong

Polished, slick photograph which achieves surprising intimacy and detailed observation within a perfectly realized image that works on several levels to engage our attention.



First                    Swamp Kauri                                by Susie Petersen

A sensational, richly opulent and exquisitely crafted work of textile art, beautifully suggestive of the precious material from which it takes its name.


Second               Nautilus                                        by Jenny Crundwell

Inventive and sympathetic adaptation of material to subject in an intricate, nautilus-inspired piece. 


Third                  It takes a community to raise a child by Debbie Evans

Interest and drama abound in this elegant, intense work using traditional flax weaving motifs to give a sense of community and care.


Highly Commended            Untitled                      by Leon Weber

Unassuming yet richly invested, the selection of a beautiful piece of kauri gum and its simple presentation make for an especially lovely pendant.