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Heart of Gold



Juliet Best

mixed media on canvas

1220 x 1220mm


Commissioned for Socially Distanced Yet Creatively Connected, an exhibition in response to the global pandemic and inspired by our collective experience of lockdown.

Artist's statement:

Heart of Gold; celebrates the love of Aotearoa in its raw elegance and atmospheric elemental beauty. Land, Water, Sky.

Heart of Gold in terms of social commentary references the good heart of team 5 million, the strength and power in that Kiwi attitude of alright then, let's do this and we got this.

Those lock-down weeks were hard but also contained some beautiful gems... 

There was a lot of family and personal contemplative time for quite a few people. There were many unexpected and delightful kindnesses displayed nationwide, and there were some new innovative experiences.

Heart of Gold has a strong mountain spine of gold leaf, taonga, a treasure running all the way through it, beginning to end.

It was a real pleasure to paint again when I was allowed back to my studio, after lock-down. There is a huge amount of gratitude and love for New Zealand in this artwork as well.


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Juliet Best

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