Face of the day

?Mark Anstis won the 2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday People?s Choice Award with his piece titled Fencing Assistant.

I was born in Opotiki and so was my Mum so I think that it is very cool that an artistic talent like this came from such a tiny little town.

An Opotiki based artist took out the People?s Choice Award at the 2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards.
Mark Antis won the $500 award for his finely-rendered oil painting, titled Fencing Assistant.
Mark?s artist statement represents his piece well, which links a portrait of a young girl wearing red band gumboots to ?the nineteenth century French realist movement, which celebrated the daily lives of ordinary people.?

[…] Mark says he is pleased with his work as it represents his childhood experience.

?In my work I attempt to draw on the rich historical tradition of representational painting, evolved to reflect the culture we find today. Through my portrait, figure and plein air landscape paintings I hope to explore the balance between the timeless appeal of the depiction of a human being, or natural scene, and the contemporary aspects that identify the subject as belonging to a particular time and place.
?I enjoy the additional challenge in portrait and figure painting of attempting to capture the subtleties within a sitter?s physicality that portrays their individuality and personality; whereas my passion for landscape work has been shaped by my rural childhood, growing up on a farm in the hills and bush of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, and the increasing recognition in New Zealand of the value of conservation work.?