Elsa Lye

ELSA LYE

“My creative process or what makes me tick, is still a puzzle, a magic mystery that enthrals me. I am pulled and pushed to express life as it unfolds. What I feel and what I see, the place of spirit in nature life and art. Then trust the intuitive process to tell its story.”

I draw and paint directly along the Wild West coast, the challenge to catch these beautiful spaces draws me back time after time. My studio paintings are abstract internalised expressions of life. My clay sculptures often relate to human environments and concerns.

Studio

My new studio [email protected] is located at 46 Bow St Raglan (in the village). Open when the flags are out or ring 027 600 6336
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You can also find my work at:

  • Kanuka Design, Volcom Lane, Raglan
  • Orca Eatery and Bar, Wallis St Raglan

About

Elsa Lye (MFA hons) is a multidisciplinary award winning artist who lives in Raglan.

Her work is in private collections and The Waikato Museum of Art and History.

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

CV

In 2010, completed her MFA at Whitecliffe, Auckland, graduating in multi-screen video shot in Raglan for my final exhibition.

  • 2010 Time un Timed Video Installation. Whitecliffe MFA, Pearce Gallery, Auckland.
  • 2009 Windsocks Video Installation. Whitecliffe MFA, Pearce Gallery, Auckland.

Her work is in private collections and The Waikato Museum of Art and History.

Awards and recognition

  • 2020 Twirl with Me. Creative Endeavour Award: Waikato Society of Potters
  • 2018 Earthbound Building Blocks. Clay. Premium Award: Waikato Society Potters
  • 2015 The Cardinals. Clay and steel. Merit Award: National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
  • 2011 Drawn to the Edge. Ink and shellac on pieced butter paper. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking National Award
  • 2009 No.1, mono print on aluminium. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking National Award
  • 2007 Origins of the Species. Winner: Fieldays No8 Wire National Sculpture, ArtsPost, Hamilton
  • 2006 For the Birds. Waiclay Ceramic National Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History
  • 2005 There were Signs in the Sky. McCaw Lewis Chapman Painting Award, ArtsPost, Hamilton
  • 2005 The Wind Catcher. No8 Wire National Sculpture Award Te Awamutu Museum – Taupo Museum
  • 2001 Untrod’ diptych acrylic and ink, canvas on board. Art Waikato National Paint and Printmaking Award
  • 1998 Dance on a Wire. No8 Wire National Sculpture Award, Waikato Museum of Art and History

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting

Elsa Lye, Raglan en pleine air painting