2015 New Zealand Master Painters of the Year

Master Painters Awards 2015

Winner: Residential – Rework Interior – Contemporary
Winner: Residential – Rework Exterior – Contemporary
Residential – Wallcoverings
Residential – Rework Interior – Character
Winner: Residential – Rework Interior – Character

WINNER - New Zealand Master Painter of the Year 2015

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2015 Master Painter of the Year and winner of the Residential Master Painter of the Year.

A Remuera home, described by judges Brian Miller and Murray Gray as one of the finest decorating jobs they had seen since the awards were introduced, was a joint winner of the Residential Master Painter of the Year Award and the Residential Dwelling rework interior – character category, and ultimately brought the Master Painter of the Year Award to Paul Schirnack Decorating.

"The homeowner was very particular and knew what she wanted and the team at Paul Schirnack Decorating delivered exactly to this very high expectation. She told the judges that she was very, very fussy and was very, very happy with the outcome.

"The attention to detail and the degree of difficulty across a range of different mediums was executed brilliantly," the judges said. "An example of the quality of the workmanship was the application of the anaglypta wall covering, with its tiny, patterned fleur de lys.

"The difficult wall covering was applied in perfect alignment across a range of different and complicated angles between the ceilings and walls around the staircase. "The cutting in, the preparation, restoration and refurbishment of the woodwork was exemplary," they said. "Paul has been a consistent supporter of the awards since they began and while he has won a number categories over the years he has never walked away with the ultimate prize.

"This year, in the face of a very, very high level of competition, he has deservedly taken out the country's top award," they said. "It is significant that in the initial judging phase, Paul's entry was tied on equal points with another top Auckland master painter, John Bisset, and forced a re-judging.

When even more extreme critical eyes were cast over the two entries, Paul's work just edged out the painting maestro of Devonport and his magnificently painted, character, French-style villa. But adding to the judges' final decision to award the Master Painter of the Year to Schirnack Decorating was the fact the team won multiple categories that displayed a depth of quality across a range of entries in its portfolio.

A Mount Eden property won the Contemporary Rework Interior category, which the judges described as a very solid paint job with a lot of timber flooring requiring tricky masking between the skirtings and the steps with absolutely no sign of any tape bleed. It was a mix of modern and old substrate finished immaculately.

Schirnack Decorating also won the Contemporary Rework Exterior with a Takapuna clifftop property that overlooks the Hauraki Gulf, taking in sweeping views of Rangitoto Island. The plaster exterior was set off with beautiful timber windows and doors and a natural timber treated tongue and groove soffit.

Showing a breadth of talent, the 2015 Master Painter of the Year also took the Residential Wallcovering category with a big floralpatterned paper, an angled ceiling and high stud that took considering skill to "keep the pattern going" for a house in Whenuapai that resulted in a "beautiful, bold pattern matched and hung superbly."

Brian Miller said it was a "unique privilege to be invited into private homes to witness the results of our members' work".