Star Gossage wins 2014 New Zealand Arts Foundation Award - Art Collector

Image courtesy: New Zealand Arts Awards

New Zealand painter Star Gossage has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award. Gossage received $25,000 for the prize, which is intended to support her artistic life and future work.

This year’s Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards ceremony marks over $4.8million in philanthropic donations made to 167 New Zealand artists since the Foundation’s inception.

Gossage’s works draw inspiration from her Maori heritage, within which connections are drawn between women and the land. The artist incorporates elements of the natural world, such as tar and lime, to imbue her pieces with texture and altered pigmentation. Although her family life and cultural heritage have strong influences on her work, Gossage also cites Australian painters Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd as early influences.

Speaking of the cultural significance of the award, Westpac's director of corporate affairs Sue Foley says: "We are committed to New Zealand and believe the arts is a vital part of a healthy society. The Arts Foundation is having a profound impact on the arts in New Zealand through its awards for talented artists. We are proud to support the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards so we can all celebrate and support New Zealand artists.”

Larissa Bricis

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