Faces of the day


screenshot-whaleoil.co.nz Esther Deans by David O. Jones

I love art and I enjoy looking at original art works. At the moment there is a people’s choice competition on and you can vote for your favourite face/portrait if you are able to visit the gallery in Wellington. It will be hard to pick your favourite as there are some very talented artists to choose from. The two I have selected caught my eye for a number of reasons. Good Art for me is not just technical brilliance. Because of my Aspergers tendencies I used to prefer photographic accuracy in art but now I prefer Art that evokes an emotion.

The Adam Portraiture Award 2016

Location: New Zealand Portrait Gallery
Start date: 25 February 2016
End date: 29 May 2016
Hours of admission: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Adam Portraiture Award 2016

Adam Portraiture Award 2016

New Zealand’s premier portrait prize is back with a record number of entries. The final selection has been whittled down to just fifty-nine. From intimate portraits of family members, to bold depictions of New Zealand’s pop icons, this years award is diverse!

This biennial award is for painted portraits, of New Zealanders, by New Zealanders and presents a breadth of responses to identity, and representation.

…Make sure you too cast your vote. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition, and the winner will receive $2,500.

Click here to see the 2016 finalists.

Loveloss II - Disillusion/Illusion series by Merideth Marsone

Screenshot-whaloil.co.nz Loveloss II – Disillusion/Illusion series
by Merideth Marsone


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  • hookerphil

    My favourite is “Looking Back” No 3. Do not actually rate both the winner and runner up but that is me. Thought the Chris Cairns portrait shows a lot of character, it is a shame that the libel court case etc has left such a question mark over his integrity.

  • Chris EM

    My choice would be Esther Deans, the one at the top of this page.
    Bouguereau would be my favourite artist.

  • Gaynor

    My pick would be “Still Mine” on the last page ….it evokes emotion .