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Bing Dawe
Collection: Wallace Paramount Awards

Winner of the 1999 Paramount Award
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Kauri, steel, wire mesh
Collection of the James Wallace Arts Trust

BingDawe (b. 1952)

Since 1972 Bing Dawe has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia, Spain, England and America. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions and contributed to over 60 group exhibitions. His work is also represented in many collections, both in New Zealand and overseas, and has been published in numerous publications. Over 20 years his distinctive sculpture has reflected environmental and political concerns both global and local.

“Despite occasional border–raids between the two territories, the modern barrier between the fine and the practical arts remains a stubborn feature of the late 20th Century cultural landscape. Dawe knocks his own distinctive hole through that barrier and thus expands his art’s moral range. Craft returns art to a sociable space, while art furnishes craft with metaphoric richness.” (1)


(1) Justin Paton, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

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