Jacky Pearson's Art Awards


Splash® 2017 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition
14 - 29 October 2017, New Zealand Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington
"Moorings - Sydney" is a Winner of Merit Award of Splash-2017

April 2017

Gordon Harris/Watercolour NZ Online Watercolour Competition

The ''Skirting'' painting won the 2017 Gordon Harris Online Watercolour Competition

What a wonderful surprise to receive this award. Thank you Gordon Harris for your continuing support. This painting was part of a series of seven paintings on shearing for my recent Solo at Alfred Memelink’s Art Space Gallery in Petone.

The idea came when I was teaching at Wallingford Station last year. A shearing gang turned up and allowed us to sketch and photograph them through the whole process. Wallingford House and station in South Hawkes Bay, owned by the Ormond family for 150 years and recently sold to a local vet, is paradise for the painter. We were planning to paint the historic wool shed and it was a treat to see it in action. The shearing gang was marvellous to watch and happy about being watched. The girl in the red t-shirt stood out due to a shaft of light from a skylight throwing her into chiaroscuro, adding to the drama. The painting is about her hair capturing the light but also about hard work.

The judges’ comments: “Jacky achieves impact, light and dark areas, especially the light streaming in on the woolshed workers. She works in an original manner. Her theme is representative of New Zealand life. The washes looked perfect.”



One of the winners in Splash 16
International Watercolour contest

Published in 2015,
North Light Publications "Splash 16", USA

"A Question of Beauty"

Muriel Hopper Hutt Art Awards

Peoples Choice


2014 Southwards Rotary Art Awards

Best Watercolour in Show


In 9th Annual Art Show 2011 Rotary/Southwards Art Awards 2011

"Lambton Quay Winters Evening" (oil) - Won the People's Choice Award

"Lambton Quay Sunlight" (watercolour) -Won Merit in the Best Townscape

2011 - Wai Art Portrait Awards - First Prize

This watercolour portrait has captured a rare victory after beating out more than 120 other artworks at the second Wai Art Portrait Awards.

Wai Art trustee and artist Anna-Marie Kingsley said Wellington artist Jacky Pearson won the award and first prize in a field of artworks marked by their high quality and this year entered from across New Zealand: "All the entries were, technically, extremely competent. But it's very unusual for watercolours to feature so prominently where portraits are concerned and more rare still that a watercolour should win."

Photo: Jacky Pearson is congratulated for taking top honours at the second Wai Art Portrait Awards on Friday night at the Carterton Exhibition Centre by Wai Art trustee John Gordon.


Royal Easter Show, Auckland

Gold Medal for most successful artist

-Winner Daler-Rowney Watercolour Open
-Winner Raye Hannam Memorial Trophy
for best Watercolour in show from all categories
-Merit for Minature Painting


Rotary Annual National Art Awards and Exhibition Paraparaumu

Newtown Rush Hour
Best Watercolour in Show



Royal Easter Show, Auckland

2009 Winner RayeHannam Memorial Trophy
for best Watercolour in show from ALL categories
(presented by Mayor John Banks)

2009 - International Competition

Lunchtime Girl
Awarded a place in North American Watercolour showcase book SPLASH 11

North Light Books edited by Rachel Wolf

The Splash series showcases the finest watercolor paintings being created today. You will gain insight into methods of the best contemporary watercolor artists in the 11th edition of this top-selling series. Features over 120 paintings by 111 artists selected from hundreds of watercolor and water-media painters across the world invited to submit work for consideration. Each painting is accompanied by a caption that offers instructive information on the theme of new directions as interpreted by the contributing artists, revealing loads of instructional and inspirational tips on the watercolor medium.


Royal Easter Show, Auckland

Winner Daler-Rowney Watercolour Open
Tauranga Fishing Boats

Paraparumu Rotary Art Awards

Merit Award for best Watercolour

Watercolour New Zealand Annual National Watercolour Exhibition

2008 Peoples Choice, Best Painting the Show
Wellington Triptych


Represented NZ in International Biennial Watercolour Exhibition,
painting Save our Trolleys chosen to represent NZ
in permanent collection at National Museum of Watercolours, Mexico

2007 Finalist Art Prize Challenge Seascapes Australian Artist Magazine,
Harbour Views published in magazine March Issue 2007

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