Lorraine Rastorfer wins the Antony Harper Award

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Wellington-based painter Lorraine Rastorfer has won the $6000 2005 Centre of Contemporary Art/Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art in Christchurch for her painting Organising Principles (detail…

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Wellington-based painter Lorraine Rastorfer has won the $6000 2005 Centre of Contemporary Art/Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art in Christchurch for her painting Organising Principles (detail right)."

The judges Dr Richard Bullen and Margaret Duncan said of her work: "The surface treatment of this work is immensely appealing. The viewer is drawn in by the shimmering woven lines which swirl, overlay and intersect the canvas.

Lorraine is also a previous winner of the Waikato Contemporary Art Award.

Layering virtuoso on Christchurch PressWellington-based painter Lorraine Rastorfer has won the $6000 2005 Centre of Contemporary Art/Anthony Harper Award for Contemporary Art in Christchurch for her painting Organising Principles (detail right)."

The judges Dr Richard Bullen and Margaret Duncan said of her work: "The surface treatment of this work is immensely appealing. The viewer is drawn in by the shimmering woven lines which swirl, overlay and intersect the canvas.

Lorraine is also a previous winner of the Waikato Contemporary Art Award.

Layering virtuoso on Christchurch PressOrganising Principles,' a painting that brings together scientific principles, intuition and chance, by Wellington-based artist, LorraineRastorfer is the winner of the prestigious CoCA Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award and first prize of $6,000.

Rastorfer's work was selected by judges, Dr. Richard Bullen, Lecturer in Art Theory at the University of History School of Fine Arts and Margaret Duncan, lecturer in Art History at the Design and Arts College of New Zealand.  

The judges said of this work: The surface treatment - is immensely appealing.   The viewer is drawn in by shimmering woven lines, which swirl, overlay and intersect the canvas - The ambiguous nature of the work coupled with a virtuoso handling of traditional mediums, significantly impressed and enamoured the judges.

Rastorfer completed a Masters of Fine Arts (Hons) at Auckland University in 1992 and is currently senior lecturer in Visual Arts at the Centre of Creative Industries at the Wellington Institute of Technology.   She was a semi-finalist in the 2005 Norsewear Art Awards and previously runner-up in the James Wallace Art Award.  

Highly Commended was Paul Ogier with 'Untitled (Gap Park)' a large-scale digital print that is part of a series titled 'The Suicide Series' to be held at the Mori Gallery in Sydney later this year.   Ogier graduated from the University of Canterbury completing a masters in Printmaking in 2001 and is currently completing his MVA at Sydney College of the Arts.  

Highly Commended was Caroline Morten with 'Untitled' a drawing in charcoal   and pencil which the judges described as 'More creative and beguiling than a Gray's Anatomical engraving - Morten, has created an immensely charming and skilful work.'   Morton graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2003 and was accepted into the Masters programme at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne

The Press People's Choice.   In 2005 the gallery introduced a new award for a popular vote.   The public were invited to select their favourite entry in the exhibition within the first five days of opening.   This inaugural award was won by Simon Edwards with 'Levitation,' a large-scale atmospheric landscape painting.   Edwards is a graduate from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts whose work has explored the light, atmosphere and landscape of Canterbury and the South Island.  

The CoCA Anthony Harper Award in 2005 received a record number of entries (180) with notable entries from Auckland, Wellingtonand Dunedin. The Award is keenly supported by artists and the wider public with 2300 visitors to the gallery in the first six days.

For further details contact: Warren Feeney
Centre of Contemporary Art.
PH: 03 366 7261 Email: director@coca.org.nz

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The Big Idea Editor

3 Jun 2005

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