Our Nelson Billboard Project featured in The New Zealand Artist Magazine

billboard-project-new-zealand-artist-magazine-nelson-arts-festival-2015-sofia-minson-new-zealand-artworkWow 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.

Five of us artists each painted huge 1.2 x 2.4 metre artworks on the windy, gorgeous banks of the Maitai River in Nelson.

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Live Painting at Nelson Arts Festival 2015

Sofia Minson holding up her Kokako bird painting

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

Artists Sofia Minson, Geoff Noble and Miriam Hansen with their artworks

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Season of the birds – 2 new paintings at Queenstown’s Artbay Gallery

Painting by Sofia Minson "Aroha mai, aroha atu" meaning "Love received, love returned"

Aroha mai, aroha atu: Love received, love returned” Acrylic painting on canvas with black wooden ornate frame, 1090 x 1640mm, 2015

Painting "He Iti Kahurangi" meaning "A Little Treasure" by Sofia Minson

He Iti Kahurangi: A Little Treasure”, Acrylic painting on canvas with blonde wooden frame showing natural grain, 1090 x 2130mm, 2015

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New Landscape Oil Painting “Aoraki” by Sofia Minson

Aoraki-Mt-Cook-Lake-Pukaki-Sofia-Minson-New-Zealand-ArtworkThis 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.

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Landscape Art Exhibition opening Wednesday 19th August at Bryce Gallery in Christchurch

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A sneak peek of the Mt Cook lilies – a close up detail – on one of my new landscape paintings

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