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Hamilton student wins Transfusion Art competition
Mark Stevenson, a 17-year-old Hamilton Christian School student, took out the Transfusion Art competition with a piece judge Tim Croucher programme leader of Wintec School of Media Arts described as "stunning".
Art submitted by year 12 and 13 Waikato students for the Transfusion competition is now on display at Wintec's School of Media Arts in Ward St.
The winner was named at a function in The Gallery at Wintec tonight (21 June).
The exhibition is on show from 9am – 4.30pm on weekdays from tomorrow to 11 July.
Mark, who was born in India where his parents were working, says he's loved art all his life. His father is a talented cartoonist and this was probably where the passion for all things art came from, he said.
His sister Elisabeth was a finalist three years ago in the competition.
Inspiration for the winning piece came from American artist Bruce Holwerda
"I saw his work on line. He does crazy figures and I just love it."
Mark also enjoys photography and welding.
Waikato DHB chief operating officer Jan Adams said the organisation tried to exhibit as many of the paintings it could in public places around the hospital.
Thirty-two pieces from the last three years of Transfusion are on show in the Campbell Johnstone Building at Waikato Hospital, including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 winning pieces by Hillcrest High School’s Julia King, now studying at Wintec, Hamish Carter from Hamilton Boys’ High School, who is studying fine arts in Auckland and Simon Blanchett of Hamilton Boys' High School.
"This has been a challenge over the last couple of years whilst we have been in active 'building' mode. However I always observe just how many people stop and look at the art on our corridors and the way they appreciate the paintings.
"We have many many people through our organisation on a daily basis, either visiting loved ones, or patients themselves and at a time in their life when they are often very vulnerable. They really do appreciate the vibrancy of some of the paintings, and the opportunity to stop and reflect for a few minutes," said Mrs Adams.
“By donating artwork to the hospital, young artists can be assured of public appreciation of their work,” said HBHS head of Art James Sutherland, pictured right with Waikato DHB communications director Mary Anne Gill and artist Mark Stevenson.
“For everybody involved, it is a great way to give something positive, tangible and lasting to the community and we can feel a great sense of pride when walking through the corridors of the hospital and seeing our art displayed.”
The premier winner was Mark Stevenson, 17, of Hamilton Christian School (HCS).
Other winners were: Lene Bezuidenhout, Hannah Lawther, Rosalie Ten Hove (all HCS), Isobel Brooker, Tabitha van der Westhultzen, Maggie Unternahrer (all Hamilton Girls High School), Campbell Attwood, Caleb Sampson, Lani Lousi (Hamilton Boys High School).
The top school was Hamilton Christian School. See the photo gallery.