Saatchi Showdown runner up

Nelson-born artist Charles Olsen was runner up in the inaugural Saatchi Showdown, an online user-voted art competition run by London’s Saatchi Gallery. Olsen received £750, and priceless media exposure, for his oil portrait La Sundari. First place went to Italian photorealist painter Vania Comoretti. Olsen has been based in Madrid for the past four years, where he runs Myspace pages promoting NZ and Spanish artists: ‘Aotearoa Artists’ and ‘Artistas de España’.


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Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

Meet Theia Our New Alt-Pop Artist on the Rise

After Lorde and Kimbra conquered the world music scene, there is another New Zealander who’s making waves, according to Manila Times correspondent, Mark Bonifacio. Introducing Christchurch-born, Theia (real name Em-Haley Walker).