This was an exciting group exhibition by nine artists who won awards last year at our annual prize giving event - the Kumeu Arts Awards. Due to Covid the 2021 Awards were held online and the winning artworks displayed in a virtual gallery. Our visitors were able to see them ‘in the flesh’ in our two galleries hanging alongside other new works.
Beside the works we displayed the comments that last year’s judge Virginia Were made along with a short biography about each artist.
The Kumeu Arts Awards is held each November and prizes of up to $1,200 are awarded.
PIECE OF MIND - George Rakich
3-26 Feb 2022
Opening Event: 11th Feb 5-9pm
Live Drawing Demos: TBC
George clearly loves to draw. As he does he delves deep into the recesses of his mind and discovers companions, patterns, surreal, sometimes dark spaces and faces. Perhaps at times, even surprising himself, as his psyche manifests itself onto paper? His experimentation with line is intricate, obsessive, controlled yet dynamic.
George creates worlds within the confides of his page - sometimes filling almost every particle with ink, at other times allowing playful spaces. He’s developed a visual language brimming with characters and motifs that sometimes transcend themselves into 3.D objects or onto other surfaces.
Kumeu Arts are proud to host this, George's first ever exhibition. It’s taken about a year to get here but has been well worth the wait. It’s been an absolute privilege to witness this emergence from sketch book to wall, conception to reality.
During the exhibition, each Saturday from 10am, George developed the large scale drawing live in the gallery. ‘Live Piece’ which was sold to the highest bidder at the close of this exhibition.