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Meet Logan Moffat, youngest-ever winner of Adam Portrait award

Pukekohe local Logan Moffat graduated from ACG Strathallan in 2014. This year, at age 20, he became the youngest-ever winner of the Adam Portrait Award.

Currently completing his honours year at Elam School of Fine Arts, Logan won the $20,000 top prize for his painting Elam, which features two of his fellow third-year students at art school. His painting was selected from 300 entries.

He said he was shocked and ecstatic to realise he had won as the judge described the winning painting. “Becoming the youngest winner is a great motivation for me to pursue painting and especially portraiture in this era of conceptual art,” he said.

With a painting style continually changing as he learns and develops as an artist, Logan is hoping to have a series of works ready to exhibit by the end of the year. Taking art at ACG Strathallan helped shape his love of the subject.

“ACG Strathallan has a very strong art department and knowledgeable teachers who pushed me and helped me develop my passion for painting. I was 17 when I first exhibited at Franklin Art Gallery. It was a series of oil portraits of Auckland’s homeless population that I painted at school.”

ACG Strathallan photography teacher Jo Palmer said Logan showed talent early on with a skill in photography that helped him develop an eye for lighting and composition.

“He was always one of our top art students and right from Year 8 he was focused on it as his career path. His skill and ability developed a lot through determination, hard work and commitment – he even had an art studio at home and would spend hours making his paintings and fine tuning his skills and techniques.”

The Adam Portrait Award exhibition is open to the public 1-27 March at Shed 11 Wellington Waterfront.