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Jenny Dolezel

Jenny Dolezel is a well recognized New Zealand Painter and Printmaker. She lives and works in Auckland and has exhibited widely both within New Zealand and internationally. Furthermore, she has gained considerable notoriety through winning many of New Zealand’s top art awards; including the Wallace Trust Paramount Award in 1996 and having several works held in The Wallace Arts Trust Collection.

Since the very beginning of her career, Dolezel’s works have championed a specific brand of imagery that is wholly and unmistakably of her own invention. Her work can be easily identified by the androgynous characteristics of her figures and the theatrical manner in which they are staged. Her paintings are known for their bright and unrealistic, toy-like colouration; while her prints are renowned for their unrelenting tonal depth. In the words of Dr. Michael Dunn, her work raises “questions of identity, of gender, and of the ultimate purpose of life…”


Selected Awards:

2003               Merit Award, Norsewear Art Award

2000               1st prize, Golden C’Art National Art Award

1996               1st prize, James Wallace Art Award

1996               Royal Overseas League Award, London UK  (Awarded to top painting from all commonwealth countries)

1995               Merit Award, Visa Gold Art Award

1995               1st Prize, Norsewear Art Award

1994               1st prize, Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust Award

1993               Artist in Residence, Fresno Art Museum, California, USA

1989               Cultural Scholarship, Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany

1988               Artist in Residence, Rita Angus House, Wellington

1987               Montana Lindauer Art Award

1987               Shell Art Award

1987               1st Prize, BNZ Art Award

1987               Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Grant

1984               NZ Fellowship of Artists Award

1983               Rosemary Grice Award