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Welcome to the NZ Art Guild blog - here you will find the news updates, links to members art, information about art exhibitions and events, art challenge winners etc.

For full information about the NZ Art Guild, its services and to become a member go to NZ Art Guild

Monday, 30 November 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #14

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our facebook group.These challenges are completely voluntary. Submissions must be original and be completed during the 2 week time-frame.Participants may choose to interpret the theme in any way they wish.This last fortnight, the theme was DREAM.


Chavah Kinloch - Disoriented Daydream

Sharlene Schmidt - Cloud 9
Other Entries:

Rifraf - Tracy

Rifraf - Juli
Facebook Entries:

Cassandra Gordon-Harris - Crossing the Rubicon
googled away the waves
then flown adeep
gravel, cobble, granule, pebble
fleeting glimpse: a swan?
ruminatida, sparkling
acres and miles
sniffed in sediments
traced the proof
the source, you are the source
upstream, inseparable
by Anges Marton

Friday, 27 November 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Lei Wen

Lei Wen comes from a family with a long history of artistic tradition. After she graduated, Lei worked as a graphic designer for a few years, but she has since realised that her passion lies with fine art painting. As a result, she began to focus on the portraying of the essence of nature. New Zealand's wildlife and landscapes fuel her passion to recreate those images, along with the spirit that resides within them, through her art for those who share her love for nature.

To view more of Lei's artwork go to

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Caroline Viesnik

Caroline is an artist from London based in Auckland.

She loves to express herself through painting on canvas and the fascinating medium of bodypainting - she is also a highly skilled make-up artist with many years experience.

Caroline works freelance for television, commercials, fashion shoots and high profile advertising campaigns creating memorable images for event productions and flamboyant award-winning body art creations.

Body painted people mysteriously appear in Caroline Viesnik's paintings. Using photography and other forms of mixed media, her paintings take the viewer into a dream-like world of make-believe imagery and fantasy.

Her paintings are inspired by her experiences and impressions as a make-up artist and body painter.

Caroline Viesnik
Makeup Designer/Artist

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Lauren Worsley

Lauren Worsley is an award winning, largely self taught Auckland-based artist who started her full time career as a practising artist in April 2008, after giving up the corporate world to focus on creating art. Born in 1977, Lauren moved to New Zealand in 2003 and is currently residing in Auckland with her husband Andrew.

Her bold oil paintings and energetic pen drawings are inspired by a constant quest to capture a sense of energy and life force in her surroundings and to transport the viewer to a different place/time. She favours the luminosity, challenge and depth of oil paint in addition to pen drawings on acrylic sheets, and currently most of her work involves capturing the drama, gesture, life essence and rhythm of the human form by using contrasts, energetic textures and rich colour. Fascinated with creating mood and presence, her work attempts to discover and portray these by experimenting with layering, colour, contrast and textures.

Lauren states some of her influences as: "my personal philosophies and spiritual journey, my relationship with nature and perception thereof, Buddhism, enlightenment, living in the moment, the balance of emotion, colour and mood, and my mother".
To view more of Laurens Artwork attend her exhibition at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland on until November 30th in the upstairs gallery or go to her website

Friday, 6 November 2009

NZ Art Guild Challenge #13

Every fortnight a challenge is issued to our guild members and also to members of our facebook group.These challenges are completely voluntary. Submissions must be original and be completed during the 2 week time-frame.

Participants may choose to interpret the theme in any way they wish.

This last fortnight, the theme was MOVEMENT.

Winner - People's Choice and Most Creative Use of Theme

Rifraf - Lilith
Other Entries:

Sophia Elise - Untitled II

Sophia Elise - Untitled I

Chris Cruickshank - Skipping Stones

Sharlene Schmidt - Old Ohau river

Jane Bold - Kiwi Seas

Jo Wright - Sing within the breeze

Rifraf - Donk
Facebook Entries:

Cassandra Gordon-Harris - Movement in Time
" il ne restera que la châsse "
Travellander, speeding,
blooming away.
Text massage from the clouds.
Wounds, scalpel beaks on.
Sweat boat on river bed, stuck.
Silex rubanné,
smash-cut talisman dipped in.
Agnes Marton

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Feature Artist of the Week

Teresa Rodger

Teresa Rodger is an award winning, self-taught artist who was born in the Waikato, she developed a passion for art as a child, being creative with her hands from a young age.

She really enjoys the freedom of experimenting using a variety of mediums, that can transform the work to give a totally different depth and dimension, She uses acrylic, pastel, charcoal and ink, along with materials, but her first love would have to be oil.

Her realism-contemporary style is complimented by her attention to fine detail.

Teresa tends to get lost in her work so that something of herself and her special qualities are expressed within her art.

She draws her inspiration from everything that nature has to offer and celebrates the subtle, natural beauty of ordinary scenes in a way that is both intense and dramatic. Contributing influences include music, animals and the beautiful New Zealand scenery, often painting everyday objects found around her.

Teresa Paints by the Name Blue-tui, Blue being her favourite colour and tui taken from the NZ native bird the Tui.