Self-portrait earns national recognition

Nanaimo artist Nelly Kazenbroot is one of 30 finalists in the 2013 Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

Nanaimo artist Nelly Kazenbroot is one of 30 finalists in the 2013 Kingston Prize, Canada’s national portrait competition.

The Kingston Prize is a biennial competition for contemporary portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists.

Kazenbroot was also a finalist in this prestigious competition in 2009.

In her recently-chosen self-portrait, called The Other Side of Fifty, Kazenbroot aimed to capture the poignancy of being trapped by the invisible barrier of time.

The Kingston Prize winner will receive $20,000, making this one of the most notable art competitions in Canada.

An invitation-only gala where the prize will be awarded is set for Nov. 1 at  the Art Gallery of Calgary.

Exhibitions of all 30 portraits take place at art galleries in Ontario and Calgary.

The portraits can also be viewed on The Kingston Prize website and Facebook page.

Kazenbroot grew up on Vancouver Island and attended both Malaspina University-College and the University of Victoria to study art and creative writing.

She is both a published author and an artist, and her work has been exhibited at the Nanaimo Art Gallery and The Old School House Gallery, as well as at galleries in Victoria, Toronto, Nova Scotia and Vancouver.

For more information on Kazenbroot’s art and books, please visit www.nellykazenbroot.com.