The Adam Portraiture Award is New Zealand’s premier portraiture prize. Supported by the Adam Foundation the award highlights the power of portraiture and celebrates New Zealanders and the portrait painters who represent them.
Logan, who took out the biennial award, was announced as the winner on Wednesday 28 February in Wellington at the awards evening.
He was one of 50 finalists to be selected from 270 entries for the 2018 competition.
“I can’t explain it,” Logan said when he won the top prize.”I was really shocked, and really happy. I’m the youngest winner. It’s a great achievement, and just before my 21st birthday.”
Logan has his Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from Elam, at the University of Auckland and it was there that he got the inspiration for his portrait.
Logan worked on the portrait about one and a half months before the closing date, he said. “I was panicking a bit. One morning I woke up and realised it was in front of me the whole time. I went into the studio, took a few photos and made a few sketches.”
As well as the honour of top place, Logan also received a cash prize of $20,000.
His portrait, title Elam is of two of his fellow third year students Jayden Plank and Harry Telfer in the art studio.
It was described by International judge Angus Trumble, Director for National Portrait Gallery of Australia as a rumination upon the creative process, specifically the studio environment in Auckland in which artist and both subjects are all currently embedded.
“I was impressed by the combination of affection and ennui, of clutter and spaciousness, of humour and seriousness that animate the work,” he said. “The scale is handsome. The palette is high-keyed and generous; and the painting also belongs to the long tradition in the academy arising from art students—surely friends—together and separately dreaming big dreams. I congratulate Logan Moffat.”
The former ACG Strathallan student had entered the competition three times, making it to the finals both times before taking it out this year.
He took out second place in the 2016 competition with his portrait ‘Stitch’.
Logan said his family are very proud. “My parents couldn’t be there as it was in Wellington, but they were super proud.” He called his mum on the night to let her know the great news.
His advice for people chasing their dreams is to do what they love. “If you do what you love, keep going at it. You’ll do well and enjoy it.”
The next goal for Logan is to have his own exhibition. “That’s the end goal. I’ve been well-supported, friends and other people have approached me. This has been good motivation.”
He plans to keep doing portraits. “I like the possibilities they offer. It’s not just about faces.”
“A great thank you goes to the Adam Foundation and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery,” he said.