Born in Auckland in 1982, Krystie Wade attended Unitec, studyingfor a Bachelor of Design (majoring in Painting) under the tutelage of Julian Dashper, Richard Fahey, Saskia Leek and Julian Hooper.Such was Wade's prowess that in 2003 she was chosen to represent Unitec as an artist-in-residence for a semester at Bremen University in Germany. Her subsequent travels before completing her degree in 2004 consolidated both her artistic vision and her technical proficiency.
Wade's paintings revolve around utilising core painterly concerns to control and effect an emotive outcome in her work. Influenced as much by Kantian philosophical notions of the abilityof compositional elements to engage the mind in imaginative 'aesthetic play', as by the evocation of the Romantic notion ofa 'pleasure garden' (a retreat for the senses from the rigour of everyday life), Wade combines quirky tones with insistent brushstroke in a collagist manner to draw the viewer into an imaginative and hyperbolic space.
Wade has participated in a number of group shows and has recently held her second solo show. She was a finalist in the 2002 Mazda Art Awards and gained the Mt Eden Young Artist's Award in 2004. In 2005 she was nominated as a finalist in the Norsewear Art Awards and has recently been chosen as a mentor for the Artists Alliance.
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