Elsa Lye

ELSA LYE

“Perhaps the biggest questions that arise when looking for answers to my creative process, is that it is still a puzzle, a 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 art. Then trust the intuitive process to tell its story.”

Studio

My studio is at Ahoy Creative Space, 11 Bankard Street, Raglan village. Open each weekend or when the flags are out or by appointment.

You can also find my work at:

  • Kanuka Design, Volcom Lane, Raglan
  • Inspirit Gallery, Pencarrow Road, The Narrows, Tamahere, Hamilton

About

Elsa Lye (MFA hons) is a multidisciplinary award winning artist who lives in a bach with Ray on Maori land overlooking the wild and beautiful Waingaroa harbour entrance, Raglan.

She is inspired by the powerful restlessness of the West coast and paints en pleine air (outside when the weather is willing) and in her studio when the weather is wicked. While her clay sculptures often relate to human environments and concerns.

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, I completed my 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.

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

Awards and recognition

  • 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