Art of the Week turns 21 today.

21 weeks of sticking to a weekly deadline. This is huge. It’s been testing, it’s been rewarding and it’s been enlightening. We started Art of the Week as a way of becoming more disciplined in sharing. We’ve always said we live for the art but to truly embody this requires radical sharing. For art that is not seen is not art at all. We’ve enjoyed this discipline as it has strengthened our skills in communication, between us two and with you.
Artists aren’t meant to sell their art themselves. It’s bad form in some circles because art should be kept scarce and only for the privileged. The privileged few who get picked as being good enough. For the privileged rich to buy at their leisure at swanky white wall art events.
Well we aren’t of that privileged group and you probably aren’t either. We chose ourselves. We know we are good enough because we’re the only ones that have the authority on that. And whether you see yourself as art patrons or not you have been very supportive of us. Through this experiment we have sold a few special works to some of you. It warms our hearts to know that these works now grace the walls of those who know their value. But just as importantly you have stuck with us each week.
Despite the hurdles and the losses, we are glad we started Art of the Week. Art is about taking risks and in the pursuit of a life supported by our vocation we must innovate. So Art of the Week will evolve as we do.
In the new year it will look more like a backstage pass into our Wellington life. The home and studio we have been privileged to rent very cheaply for the past 10 years is one of the main cornerstones of our art orientated lifestyle and we need to document it. We’ll share a different corner of our world each week, in photo essays and words. Some will include artworks, some may not, but all will give you more of an understanding of what we can offer to the world and hopefully to you.
Today we launch something new – something we have been wanting to try for a while. A new way of buying art that democratises the opportunity, based on the enthusiasm of the many. Basically it is an Art Raffle.
For $5 a ticket gets you a ‘one in 30’ chance of owning an original Kemi Niko paint tin lid painting. Every 30 tickets sold we draw a winner who will chose their preferred painting. Your ticket also gets you access to an online folder of high quality images of all the paintings in this series (11 so far) for use on your phone or desktop as wallpapers or to print as DIY art prints.
Buy a $5 Raffle Ticket
Some of these new paint tin lid works will be on display over summer at various music festivals thanks to Mouthful Productions and Eyegum.

One will also be in a show curated by “radical localist” Tao Wells, called Better or Equal, in Dunedin for two days (25th and 26th December). This show also seeks to break down art world barriers by prompting the public to “See the show, then bring back art work of your own that you feel is better (or equal) and I’ll exhibit it along side”. If you are in Dunedin over Christmas, make sure you head along!
Well that’s all from us for now. See you in 2019 for more art sharing!
Happy solstice.

Much love, 

This week the Green Party of Aotearoa have launched their new line of merchandise

Guess who
illustrated it?!

Spoiler; it's was us. You can read the story behind it on their website.

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