Jae Hoon Lee and Julia deVille among Wallace Art Awards winners for 2013 - Art Collector

Jae Hoon Lee, The Dry Valley, 2012. Digital photograph, 95 x 208cm. Courtesy: the artist and the James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland

4 September 2013 | The winners of the 22nd annual Wallace Art Awards have just been announced.

This year there were 92 finalists selected from 475 entries. The awards are given for contemporary New Zealand art across a variety of media and offer over $190,000 across seven awards. The majority of the prize money funds four artist residencies in premier international art institutions.

Jae Hoon Lee won the main prize, the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award. He is a self-described cultural wanderer - born in Korea and studied in San Francisco before moving to Auckland - whose work is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. His winning work is pictured above and he receives a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial program in New York.

Steve Rood, Stump, Maungakiekie, 2013. DVD, 1 min 30 secs. Courtesy: the artist and the James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland

The Wallace Art Awards presents a further three residencies: one at the Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco, one at Altes Spital in Switzerland and one at the Vermont Studio Centre in the United States.

Photographer Steve Rood won the Fullbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award and receives the residency in San Francisco - his winning work is pictured above. Painter Sam Foley won the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award and receives the residency in Switzerland, and taxidermist artist Julia deVille won the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award and the residency in Vermont - winning work pictured below.

In addition to the four major awards, three smaller awards were also presented - these went to Marita Hewitt, Glen Hayward and Madeleine Child.

Julia deVille, Kitten Drawn Hearse, 2013. Taxidermy kitten, black garnet beads, sterling silver, pear-shaped sapphire, egret feathers, wood and glass, 83 x 30 x 15cm. Courtesy: the artist and the James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland

Of the 92 entries selected as finalists, 49 of these were chosen for the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition. There will be a public celebration of the awards at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland on Tuesday 10 September, with tickets available for purchase for $10. The exhibition will be on display at the Pah Homestead until 3 November 2013 before travelling to two other venues.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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