Nicki Stewart

Working in the ancient Egyptian technique of encaustic, one of the most archival processes known, Nicki makes her own paint using a heady mix of beeswax and damar resin mixed with raw pigment. 

The hot medium is challenging due to the constant metamorphosis of the wax via the heating and cooling process. 

Since 2001 Nicki has received several awards: 

  • Morpeth Canaday Award 2001 – ‘Best Landscape’
  • Telecom Art Awards ‘Finalist’ (BOP) 2001
  • Franklin Art Awards 2002 – ‘Contemporary Art Prize’
  • Wairarapa Review 2011 – ‘Highly Commended Award’
  • Auckland Easter Show 2013 – ‘Merit Award – Small Works’
  • Parkin Drawing Prize – ‘Finalist’ – Wellington 2015
  • Paraparaumu Rotary Prize – ‘Best Abstract’ – 2016

She has had several solo shows, exhibited regularly in group shows and been teaching encaustic painting workshops throughout the country for the past 10 years. The past 5 years have seen her playing with clay, sometimes combining the work with encaustic.