Michael Dell wins 2019 Parkin Prize

August 8, 2019


Congratulations to MICHAEL DELL who won the Parkin Drawing Prize this week in Wellington, with his large scale work on canvas ‘Every Valley’.

Michael’s work, Every Valley, measuring 1.9 metres by 1.4 metres was chosen as the winner from an impressive 472 entries nationwide and 78 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries on Monday 5 August.  Every Valley combines Michael’s interest in the impartial and arbitrary character of the natural world.

Reflecting on the winning artwork, John Gow, the judge for this year’s prize said:

“Michael’s work drew me back many times, both mentally and physically. I was most impressed with the professional manner in which the work had been made and the mystery to the eye created by the composition. Was I looking through a window to foliage outside, the valley beyond? Was I looking at an abstract which caught the light with its contrasts of pigment application accentuated by the tooth of the canvas?..quality of image, quality of materials and quality of thought all added up to a winning combination in my mind’s eye.”


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