Wow fantastic to see this generous four-page spread in the Jan/Feb 2016 New Zealand Artist Magazine on our billboard project that we did in September last year for the Nelson Arts Festival – very good memories.
Sofia Minson with her painting “Grey Ghost” 2.4m high x 1.2m wide, acrylic on canvas
What a fantastic experience it has been with the Nelson Arts Festival this October. Thank you so much for flying me down to Nelson for two weeks to paint my heart out, situated on the banks of the beautiful Maitai River, with a group of talented, fun artists – Geoff Noble, Miriam Hansen, Smeagol, Richard Adams and the Kawai Raupapa Rauangi (Maori visual arts) students from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
We were ‘The Billboard Project’ and by the end of it, all of us had created these large-scale 1.2 metre x 2.4 metre paintings that are now being auctioned on TradeMe - you can bid here for our works. Auctions close Saturday 7th November 2015 and if you’d like to own my work entitled “Grey Ghost“ you can bid here for my painting.
Artists Sofia Minson, Geoff Noble and Miriam Hansen with their artworks
This new oil painting “Aoraki” measures just over 2 metres high x 1 metre wide and was inspired by the land, myths and history of Aotearoa.
Snow-covered Mt Cook stands as a quiet giant with glacial-fed Lake Pukaki in the foreground.
White Mt Cook lilies peek out from the hills of tussock grass and are towered over by a surreal native forest. On closer inspection the forest’s inhabitants are tiny huia birds perched high in branches and soaring pouakai (haast) eagles.
Both of these native bird species are now extinct therefore this painting is a window into an enchanting, primordial world where Aotearoa is still young and the mountains, lakes and birds have only just emerged from the mists of creation.