Grahame Sydney can add Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to painting, to his impressive list of achievements. For almost 30 years Sydney’s paintings have been inspirational with their ability to evoke a sense of wonder and kinship. His works are sought after by local and international buyers as well as being held in the collections of New Zealand’s major galleries, including Te Papa’s national collection.
Earlier in 2003, the New Zealand Herald stated that Sydney was one of the “hot” artists in New Zealand art. Now his ability to connect with people through his art has official government recognition. “If nothing else, what it really shows when people like me get an award like this, is that New Zealand arts patronage has the courage to back its own.”