Biography

Gemma Baldock is a working artist in Dunedin, New Zealand. She graduated from the Dunedin School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Art majoring in Painting.

At a young age, Gemma exhibited artistic potential. Gemma designed a New Zealand Post Christmas Stamp, going into print in 2006. The New Zealand Defence Force exhibited her works at Passchendaele, Belgium – commemorating 90 years since the Battle of Passchendaele in WWI. Gemma further received several awards in the New Zealand Young Designer Awards for painting. At age 17, Gemma was accepted as an artist Member of the Otago Art Society. She currently stands as their youngest member; receiving a Merit Award in the Hope & Sons Art Awards, in addition to several special mentions.

In 2015, she received a major prize in the Otago Art Societies Summer Exhibition, judged by artist Claire Beynon. In addition she received the Supreme Award in the Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards. In 2016, Gemma was awarded Second Place in the Hope & Sons Art Awards at the Otago Art Society.

Gemma uses collage as her main palette; drawing each element onto hand-made textured papers and tissue – cut out and carefully pieced together. Final details are added with paint; facial features, shadows and patterns.

Significant Awards

  • 2017 – Inspirational New Zealand Award – Waitakere Art Awards
  • 2017 – Finalist – National Contemporary Art Awards
  • 2016 – First Place – Anderson Lloyd Spring Exhibition
  • 2016 – Second Place – Hope & Sons Art Awards
  • 2016 – Supreme Award – Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards
  • 2015 – Major Prize – Otago Art Society Summer Exhibition
  • 2010 – Merit Award – Hope & Sons Art Awards