Black beauty to tempt wine buyers
Paekakariki artist Ben Timmins has won the $10,000 Winesale.co.nz Wine Label Art award for 2012.
The award was announced on Thursday at the New Zealand Art Show's gala evening attended by more than 1500 people in Wellington.
Timmins' artwork Perry won the award out of a field of 3000 works from 420 artists.
He said he did not expect to win and was about to have a nap on Thursday afternoon, before the gala, when he got the call telling him he had won.
Perry will feature on the label of two wines, a Martinborough pinot noir and a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Five thousand bottles of each will be produced in time for Christmas and be named the Timmins' Wine Series.
Timmins said Perry is an oil painting of a very large blackbird. The paining is about a metre and a half tall, painted on pine woodgrain.
"I paint landscapes, birds, on woodgrain surfaces and . . . I frame most of my work with a copper frame."
He said he felt a sense of achievement in having people want to have his art on a "beautiful bottle of wine".
"We will definitely be putting a case or two of that in our own cellar."
Timmins won the Signature Piece Art Award at last year's New Zealand Art Show and has exhibited at the Show since 2007.
The award aims to promote the work of emerging New Zealand artists, provide national recognition for the winning artist and highlight the relationship between wine and art.
See bentimmins.co.nz for more about Timmins' work.
- Kapiti Observer
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