Elsa Lye / Ahoy

Art Medium: Ceramics, Painting

Studio Address: Ahoy, 11 Bankart Street, Raglan 3225
Phone: 027 600 6336
Email: elsalye@outlook.co.nz
Website: Usanz.weebly.com
Facebook: ahoycreativecrew

Open for viewing by appointment during the year.
During Raglan Arts Weekend 2019, 20-22 April, opening times are 10am to 5pm.

Elsa Lye

Elsa Lye

The concepts that underpin my work are a deep connection and love of nature and place, particularly the West Coast of NZ. I paint both en plein air and in my studio. Painting outside on the West coast is a mad challenge that fills me with wonder, facing the weather behind a flax bush is a dance I love. I also sculpt with clay, enjoying the challenge of using materials in ways that may offer new insights and perceptions into how things might be seen.

Clay feeds my need to work 3 dimensionally enhancing my understanding of form and offers the opportunity to experiment and express ideas I am passionate about. Recent work includes building blocks prompted by a long gestation in trying to build our new home. Women as home in response to the housing shortage.

Eight years ago, I completed my MFA at Whitecliffe, graduating with multi-screen video for my final exhibition.

Recent work includes ‘Earth NFS’, 250cm long ellipse shaped clay wall painting, Waiclay, Waikato Museum. As a painter and clay worker this was an amazing challenge.

Studio: Ahoy 11 Bankart Raglan 

Award Finalist:

2014       The Cardinals

                National Contemporary Art Award (Merit)

                Waikato Museum of Art and History

2011       Drawn to the Edge

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking National Award

Waikato Museum of art and History

2009      No.1

New Zealand: Painting and Printmaking National Art Award

Waikato Museum of art and History

2007      Origins of the species,

  Fieldays No8 Wire National Sculpture Award  (Winner)

Artspost Hamilton

2006      For the Birds’

              Waiclay Ceramic National Award

Waikato Museum of Art and History

2005      There were sign’s in the Sky’

               McCaw Lewis Chapman Painting  Award

Artspost Hamilton

2005      The Wind Catcher

              No8 Wire National Sculpture Award

TeAwamutu Museum – Taupo Museum

2001      Untrod’

Art Waikato National Painting / Printmaking Award

Waikato Museum of Art and History

1998      Dance on a Wire

              No8 Wire National Sculpture Award

Waikato Museum of Art and History

Work in public and private collections

Elsa Lye MFA (Hons), multidisciplinary artist.

            Selected 4x National Painting and Print Award

            2014 National Contemporary Art Award (Merit)

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