Raumati artist Marcus Ebbett has made a huge impression with his landscapes and cityscapes and is now being recognised for his portrait work as part of the 2018 Adam Portraiture Awards.
Marcus, a relatively young artist at 26 to have achieved so much, says it’s awesome to be selected as a finalist in the New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s Adam Portrait Awards for my painting of ‘Constable Rob Eastham with Ike’.
Selected as one of 50 finalist from several hundred submitted, the Raumati painter says he is excited that the Exhibition, currently open in Wellington until May 27 will then tour New Zealand for 18 months.
Marcus says the oil on canvas painting is of Constable Robert Eastham, who works through the Kāpiti and Porirua area. Currently he is seconded to the Kāpiti Mana Family Harm Team and is aspiring to work towards dog handling in the future.
Police Dog Ike, who he is posing with, became operational at 18 months old and successfully qualified to Armed Offender Squad (AOS) and Special Tactics Group (STG) levels.
This biennial award is for painted portraits, of New Zealanders, by New Zealanders and presents a breadth of responses to identity, and representation.
This year’s Guest Judge is Angus Trumble, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.
The winner of the Adam Portraiture Award will receive a $20,000 top prize.
Make sure you too cast your vote. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition, and the winner will receive $2,500.
The New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
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