Taranaki painter invited to participate in exhibition

3 April 2007
by Jane Hulbert

OAKURA artist Caz Novak has for the second time been invited to enter a Taupo exhibition and she's hoping her work is as well received as her inaugural outing at the biennial event held at the Taupo Museum.

In 2005, Novak's entry was the first painting to sell - to an American visitor on opening night. "I think it was my biggest thrill to have that happen on opening night.

It was really cool, I didn't expect it. They were part of the friends of the gallery visiting there," she says.

Her Pacific - Our Land painting now graces a wall in a Long Island, New York, home.

Novak is known for her bright, bold and textured paintings that often depict the New Zealand landscape.

The Taupo exhibition has the title Our Land Exhibition - 30 New Zealand Landscape Artists.

Her painting this year, called Pacifica - Patterns, shows New Plymouth's Sugar Loaf Islands and is from her Pacifica series. She is the only Taranaki artist taking part in the Taupo exhibition.

"The inspiration for the series is right outside my studio window. With the Tasman Sea at my doorstep and a prolific native garden, I have a multitude of willing models. This series captures the essence of coastal New Zealand with particular focus given to the iconic sculptural forms of our native plants."

A full-time artist for the past 10 years, Novak sells her paintings through her website.

"This enables me to sell to a worldwide market and makes for many interesting sales."

Two of those interesting sales have been to an American attorney who has a young son called Caz Novak. She says demand exceeds supply.

Our Land Exhibition, at Taupo Museum, Story Place, runs until May 30.

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