Feature Art Work Revealed for the 29th Annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction


Organisers of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious wine auction are thrilled to have Anna Jepson as the 2020 Feature Artist.  ‘Bacchus’ – the painting Anna has especially created was unveiled to 140 guests, at an exclusive Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction function last night at the Bostock Wine Cellar Door.

Hawke's Bay Wine - Auction Anna Jepson with her Art Work Bacchus

Anna Jepson with her Art Work Bacchus

John Bostock says, “We were delighted to offer the renovated historic racing stables as the venue for the Art Reveal.  The stables are over 130 years old and one of the oldest racing stables in Hawke’s Bay.  They were once owned by my late wife Vicki’s grandfather, so they have a very special family connection.  It is very fitting that the stables are now the home to Bostock Wines, which was inspired by Vicki and her passion for organics and safe, natural food.”

For this years, 2020 Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Anna has painted ‘Bacchus’, the mythological ancient god of wine and agriculture who was thought to wander the earth teaching people how to cultivate and grow grapes and help process the wine, often travelling with a leopard at his side.

Anna says “my minimal colour palette and love of the human form, mixing mediums, playing with surfaces, I alternate between realism and abstraction, ebb and flow. I enjoy juxtaposing a traditionally represented subject in a contemporary environment, allowing the process to create intrigue with lost edges and serendipitous finds.”

General Manager, Elisha Milmine says, ‘This is a truly exceptional painting Anna has created.  Measuring 1200x1500mm it will make an impressive addition to the successful bidder’s home.  Last night was a very special reveal in a gorgeous venue’.

The painting will now be displayed at Tennyson Gallery for the general public to view until it is up for auction at the Wine Auction on 19th September. 

In addition to the painting, there are 40 lots available, including bespoke, one-off wines from some of the most prestigious wineries in Hawke’s Bay, collaborations between winemakers, artists and restaurants, and one travel package.   There is plenty of quality selection for bidders to choose from.

‘Tickets went on sale yesterday and are being snapped up quickly.  There are only a few tickets remaining to Pre-tasting event which is held a month prior to the main auction event, this is the first opportunity to taste the special blends which will be auctioned at the Wine Auction on Saturday 19th, to which tickets are also selling well – “for the last 5 years we have sold out which is a testament to the quality of wine auction lot offerings available, join us to Celebrate, Sip, Savour and bid…,”

Event Details

Pre-Tasting  | Wednesday 19th August 2020 | Napier War Memorial Centre – hosted by Napier Conferences  |  $35pp

Wine Auction  | Saturday, 19th September 2020 | Toi Toi – HB Arts & Events Centre | $60pp

Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE, numbers are limited and typically sell out. Tickets are available at hawkesbaywineauction.co.nz

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