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N E W S F L A S H :
NZ Art Show confirmed: 1st - 4th June 2023 TSB Arena, Wellington
And the Art Battle National Champion is... Liam Downes - whoop whoop!
Feature artist at The Art Shop in Christchurch - check it out!
New gallery representation at the NZ Art Lounge in Howick, Auckland
Solo exhibition confirmed - dates TBC
NZ Art Battle 2022
13 artists competed at the Cristchurch Town Hall for the coveted title of Art Battle National Champion 2022. The live speed painting event has become something of a phenomenon on the international art calendar.
After 2 rounds 4 artists made it to a grand final, where the audience decided on the overall winner. Liam was excited to take out first prize, with his cheeky 'half chimp' piece, following a 'half portrait' of his wife Tammy in the first round... don't ask!
All the work was auctioned for Just Peoples charity, in support of global famine. The event reached its target to support 50 Ugandan farmers to improve their yield, to ensure their communities have enough to eat, while constructing a clean and safe water source to serve 2000 refugees and Ugandan locals.
2021 & 2022: Art In The Park
Liam was excited to be one of the 100 established artists invited to the inaugural Art In The Park event at Eden Park stadium in Auckland, and again in September this year. He created a collection of new works unveiled for the first time at bot shows.
The event was a HUGE success and has quickly become a 'must do' on the NZ art calendar; creativity in abundance at such an amazing and iconic venue. Super proud to part of NZ history!