Vivienne Still, for Engage
Karen Quinlan and Linda Tyler, judges’ comments:
"Portraiture is an enduring theme for artists. The human face will always reward scrutiny. This year there were very few full body portraits and a large number of head and shoulder depictions of subjects with just a handful of artists’ self-portraits.
While many artists have clearly relied on photographs of their subjects to gain the greatest verisimilitude, some of the most remarkable works used summary or gestural means to represent the sitter’s facial features.
From the 373 entries, it was a challenge to reduce down to the 50 works for the exhibition of finalists. The judges were struck by the way in which many of the artists were able to communicate both national characteristics and the unique aspects of Aotearoa’s indigenous culture."
2020 Adam Portraiture Award exhibition runs from 27 February to 22 May 2020. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive $2,500.
The Adam Portraiture Award is a biennial competition for painted portraits at The New Zealand Portrait Gallery, generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation.
First Prize: $20,000
Runner up: $2,500
People’s Choice: $2,500
This year there are two judges - Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and Dr Linda Tyler, Associate Professor Art History, Museums and Cultural Heritage, University of Auckland
Adam Portraiture Award
2010 - Harriet Bright
2008 - Irene Ferguson
2006 - Freeman White
2004 - Ryuzo Nishida (Portrait not acquired)
2002 - Marianne Muggeridge (Portrait not acquired)
National Portrait Competition
2000 - Marianne Muggeridge
Since 2006 the winning artworks have been automatically acquired into the New Zealand Portrait Gallery collection.
The Adam Portraiture Award is generously funded by the Adam Foundation
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