The prestigious $15,000 first prize award was taken out by Stephen Martyn Welch from TVNZ's 'The Sitting' fame with his self portrait entitled 3 Nights, A Mirror & Loads of Coffee.
My oil portrait entitled The Other Sister was chosen as a finalist (3rd year running!) and won People's Choice Award in the Christchurch leg of the touring finalists' exhibition.
Sofia Minson's "The Other Sister" 850x1800mm oil on canvas
I'm so impressed by the standard of entries this year and my personal favourites are Nick Cuthell's Alexandra Chan, which was commended by the judge Dr Christopher Chapman, senior curator of the Australian National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, as well as Peter Miller's John – Ko Ora, Ko Mate ( I Live, I Die).
Head along to see the Adam Portrait Award finalists for yourself:
NZ Portrait Gallery
Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
Exhibition runs from 22 February until 10 April
Open 10:30am - 4:30pm daily
Written by artist Sofia Minson from NewZealandArtwork.com
New Zealand Maori portrait and landscape oil paintings