These awards are welcome tokens of recognition by some of Ian’s industry peers. Ian enters awards for recognition to know how he fits into peers and the public framework of credibility.
• Awards • Exhibitions • Murals • Media
• 2020 ARTIVITA INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION (USA – Runner up) “THE WONDER OF IT ALL” (Oil painting)
• 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS (USA) Honourable Mention (people)
• 2019 GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY ART EXHIBITION – 1st, professional (Snells Beach Tennis Club, Auckland, New Zealand). Oils on canvas, “IT’S A RICH LIFE”
• 2018 RODNEY ART AWARDS – 3rd place. (Warkworth, New Zealand) “THIRST AND CHARACTER 1”, Mixed media, acrylic enhanced, digital photo art
• 2017 GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY ART EXHIBITION (Snells Beach – NZ) 4 lead Pencil illustrations
• 2017 JUNCTION MAGAZINE – Article on Ian’s journey
• 2015 PUHOI VILLAGE COMBINED EXHIBITION – Puhoi, Matakana Coast, Auckland New Zealand
• 2014 ARTIVITA INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION (USA – Certificate of Excellence) “THE LAST SUPPER – REVISITED” (Leather-work)
• 2014 WORLDWIDE ART LA – (Juried invite Fine Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, USA)
• 2014 HOSPICE CHARITY FUNDRAISER (Omaha Golf Club, Hospice Charity auction)
• 2013 MATAKANA COMMUNITY WALK BRIDGE FUNDRAISER (NSC Matakana auction)
• 2012 ARTIVITA INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION – Honorable mention. (USA) “EYES”, Oils on canvas
• 2012 OH 4 EYES 2 C (Multiple invited artists exhibition with Graham Braddock, Orewa, NZ – Oils, Photo Art and Leather Art)
• 2011 ARTIVITA INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION (USA – Honorable mention) “PATIENCE 1″, (Multi-Media photo art on canvas – 16th)
• 2010 NZIPP IRIS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Queenstown) NZ) 4 BRONZE AWARDS (2 weddings, 1 creative, 1 landscape)
• 2010 INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COLOUR AWARDS (USA) 2 NOMINEES (1 people, 1 nature)
• 2009 INTERNATIONAL BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS (USA) 1 NOMINEE (people)
• 2009 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 2 GOLD AWARDS FOR WEDDING PORTRAITS (Colour)
• 2008 NZIPP IRIS PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Tauranga NZ) 2 BRONZE AWARDS WEDDING, 1 BRONZE FAMILY PORTRAIT (Colour)
• 2007 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 3 SILVER AWARDS FOR WEDDING PORTRAITS (Colour)
• 2006 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 1 SILVER AWARD FOR WEDDING PORTRAIT (Colour)
• 2004 THE EXPERIMENTAL YEARS EXHIBITION, ASCENSION WINE ESTATE, MATAKANA COAST, NEW ZEALAND (Mixed media, retrospective works to 1995)
• 2003 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 1 SILVER AWARD FOR WEDDING PORTRAIT (Sepia)
• 2002 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 1 GOLD & 1 SILVER AWARD FOR WEDDING PORTRAIT (Colour)
• 2001 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 2 SILVER AWARDS FOR WEDDING PORTRAITS (Colour Bride & Hannah)
• 1998 KODAK GOLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Auckland NZ) 2 SILVER AWARDS FOR WEDDING PORTRAITS (Sepia & special effects mirror)
• 1997 NORTHLAND PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Whangarei NZ) HIGHLY COMMENDED WEDDING PORTRAIT
• 1996 MOLLY MORPETH CANADAY ART AWARDS (Whakatane NZ) POPULAR CHOICE AWARD (“EYES”– Photorealist/Surrealist – Oils)
• 1995 ANNUAL SUMMER ART EXHIBITION (DTH Auckland NZ) Floral photorealism in oils.
• 1995 MOLLY MORPETH CANADAY ART AWARDS (Whakatane NZ) POPULAR CHOICE AWARD (FULL BLOOM – Photorealist/Surrealist – Oils)
• 1995 MAIRANGI ARTS CENTRE MEMBER AWARDS (Auckland NZ) HIGHLY COMMENDED (“EYES” – Photorealist/Surrealist – Oils)
• 1995 BIRKENHEAD LICENSING TRUST ART AWARDS (Auckland NZ) TONY GILMOUR MEMORIAL AWARD (“EYES” – Photo/realist/Surrealist – Oils)
• 1995 GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY ART EXHIBITION (Snells Beach – NZ) MERIT AWARD (“EYES” – Photorealist/Surrealist – Oils)
• 1995 THE ART BARN (Auckland NZ) Representational, conceptual in wood & canvas. (Oils, Acrylics, Pencil, W/C)
• 1994 MEN’S WORKS ART EXHIBITION (Warkworth Craft Gallery NZ) Oils, Leather, Carving, Pencil Illustration
• 1994 MURAL COMMISSION INSTALLATION ART, A WINDOW ON THE MAHURANGI (Warkworth NZ) 20 sq.m Early Mahurangi River history in color realism
• 1994 MURAL COMMISSION, WINDOW ON YESTERDAY (Warkworth NZ) 28 sq.m Early Warkworth history in sepia photorealism
• 1994 MURAL COMMISSION INSTALLATION ART, A SUMMER HOLIDAY (Warkworth NZ) 27 sq.m photorealist interior illusion of local beach and veranda
• 1993 SMALL WORKS ART EXHIBITION (Warkworth Society of Arts NZ) Oils
• 1992 ANNUAL SUMMER ART EXHIBITION (DTH Auckland NZ) Oils & Pencil Illustrations
• 1991 MURAL COMMISSION, KAITAIA SEA SHANTY (Kaitaia NZ) 1600 sq.ft animated external with 2D mounted cut-outs.
• 1991 MURAL COMMISSION, THE BARGAIN HUNTERS FANTASY (Warkworth NZ) 1200 sq.ft animated wall & roof installation mural.
• 1990 BEST ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (ARPA Melbourne). In recognition of excellence in journalism portraiture.
• 1989 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL INVITE ART EXHIBITION (Hamilton NZ) Oils & Acrylics
• 1989 ANNUAL SUMMER ART EXHIBITION (DTH Auckland NZ) Oils Acrylics
• 1988-89 ARTIST-TUTOR IN RESIDENCE National School of Creative Ministries, Baptist Church of New Zealand, Auckland
• 1988 3 MAN INVITE ART EXHIBITION (DTH Auckland NZ) Oils & Acrylics
• 1987 ANNUAL WINTER ART EXHIBITION (Downtown Hilton Art Gallery, Auckland NZ) Oils & Acrylics
• 1987 SOLO ART EXHIBITION (Orewa Gallery Orewa NZ) Mixed Media & Photography
• 1985 YMCA REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS (Christchurch NZ) • Portrait, 1st • Action, 2nd, • Scenery, 3rd
• 1978 INSTALLATION ART COMMISSION 5 PIECE CHANDELIER DISPLAY LIGHTING. SCULPTURED LEATHER AND BRASS (Christchurch, New Zealand)
• 1972 COMMISSION, ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY DISTRICT DISPLAY AWARDS (Perth, Western Australia) 1st • Content, 2nd • Design
• 1964 SENIOR ART PRIZE (Hale School, Perth, Western Australia) Impressionist Oils
• 1952-53 Mrs. DEAKEN Grade 1 Teacher (She loved one of my drawings. I was a winner in her eyes) Donnybrook Junior High School, West Australia
Ian Anderson appreciates these recognitions but the awards didn’t change his genuine heart feelings of inadequacy. Ian could never measure up to the hidden fear of failing to meet that unknown and mysterious standard of, “What makes one worthy in a culture of seeming unachievable standards and self-righteous critics?” The inner voice of shame is judgmental and “You’re an idiot”. However, in hindsight, the awards show Ian had potential but lacked the confidence to convert recognition into financial rewards.
To afford a dreamed decent lifestyle, as an artist seemed impossible against common opinion, “Artists don’t make money before they die”. Please note, Ian Anderson has never given up and still plans to prove the dooms-dayers wrong.
This is a dilemma for most creatives, particularly in the fine arts.
Wanting recognition with a confused purpose identity and a screwed economic value system, these small awards portray more glamor than the inner turmoil Ian constantly lived. Today, Ian gratefully acknowledges the awards as something he could not see at the time.
Ian has some words of advice.
- No matter how hard it seems on your journey, persevere with your dream, and never give up for something less than your heart’s desire.
- Always practice and never close off to learning.
- Ask questions of your peers and never assume you know it all.
- Seek and keep encouraging friendships who are youthfully optimistic and support your dream.
- Run from your dream stealers.
One last point and this should be the first point. Ask for God’s help.
Ian unashamed talks to and involves Jesus in all that he does. If it was not for the spirit of God’s inspiration and partnership he would not have found peace, pleasure, and purpose in his unique purpose and artworks. The supernatural world is as real as the natural. Its influence is in every part of life.
Ian recommends you don’t become too ashamed to ask for help when all else fails. It will eventually lead you to greater you than you may expect
If you follow these pointers you will most definitely make it.