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Limited edition prints support West Coast fund

Dec 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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PIKE RIVER 29: Prints of Wisse’s painting are up for sale

THE CHRISTCHURCH artist who presented Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn with a painting to honour the Pike River miners now wants to raise $10,000 for miners’ families.

Lisa Wisse is selling limited edition prints of the artwork she created in homage to the miners who lost their lives at Pike River last month.

The painting contains 29 words spoken by the mayor and Pike River chief executive Peter Whittall during the incident, including “strength”, “heartbreak”, “sorrow”, “future” and “resilience”.

Wisse says she was inspired to help after seeing the faces of the men on TV.

“They all had plans, loved family and a life, then it was gone. It’s our natural inclination as humans to want to do something, so I did what I do best and created my painting,” she says.

She says people from overseas heard about the painting and emailed her wanting a copy of the work.

untitledNow 500 prints of the painting are being sold on Wisse’s website for $300 for A3 size and $500 for A2.

“I’ve had people from Asia, Australia, Europe and all over New Zealand asking for a print copy, and all have been happy to make a significant contribution,” she says.

The prints, which went on sale Monday, are made for archive standard so won’t fade for at least 50 years. Reproduction was by Christchurch firm Copyland, which helped out by reducing its charge.

Wisse (left) is well known for her paintings of New Zealand landscape, especially the pohutukawa tree and mountain ranges.

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