Elam student wins major art award

16 February 2016
L-R: Brian Morpeth, Hugo Lindsay, Hamish Pettengell and Richard Fahey at the Awards ceremony in front of the winning artwork, Swipe or Tilt.

A student from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland has won the 2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award worth $10,000, beating 386 other entries, with his work entitled Swipe or Tilt.

For Hugo Lindsay, 28, a Masters of Fine Arts student, it is the second major award he has received in less than twelve months, having recently won the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award, which comes with a three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Judge, Richard Fahey, said Swipe or Tilt ‘sat within a long tradition of Minimalist painting … but instead of pursuing reductive spacial illusions, the painting laid them bare…’

“This 'serious' painting is built on a substrate that resembles candy-cane. At the paintings edges are borders that repudiate the conceit of immaculate geometry. At its centre the artist places a trompe l'oeil device, taking the final swipe or tilt at minimalist painting's claims to optical coherence,” he said.

Hugo, who was born in Wellington, raised on Waiheke Island and now lives in Central Auckland, describes his latest work as ‘the point at which painting as an act, and object meets image through the logic of technological interface'.

“Hugo’s recent win highlights the dedication and hard work he has undertaken while at Elam. It is impressive that he has received two significant art awards in less than six months, which bodes well for his future career,” says Head of School, Associate Professor Peter Shand.  

Hugo is heading off to Switzerland in August to take up his artist’s residency before returning in October to finish his master’s degree.


Miranda Playfair, Media Relations Adviser

Email: m.playfair@auckland.ac.nz