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Beneath the ranges. As artist visually defined the land they became more at home in it, and as they travelled - sometimes between the northern and southern hemispheres - they also began to recognise more clearly the distinctive qualities of their local antipodean setting. Ken Hall, Canterbury Art Gallery, Oct. 2017.
Ken Andrews (1922-1987)
A former TBH pupil and a former journalist for the Timaru Herald and an artist who painted the Mackenzie landscape in oils and watercolours. His studio was at Lake Tekapo were he lived for fifteen years. He put out an incredible amount of work. He was there when the remains shepherd's huts, shearing sheds, smithies and old fences were waiting to be painted.
K J Andrews Old Line Cottage, Lake Tekapo Oil on board 395 x 595
Ken Andrews Lake Tekapo Church In The Snow Watercolour 360 X 530 Signed lower left
Jacks Creek Bridge and old Road to Mt Cook, watercolour
Tekapo River & Mt. Cook, watercolour
Cook House - Morven Hills situated in the heart of the scenic Lindis Pass. 40cm x 30cm oil on board
"The Minarets and Malte Burn" (titled verso) Also known as the head of the Tasman Glacier, and the Malte Brun Range.
Mt Cook 410x610mm
Tekapo Blues 405x610 mm
Lake Ohau 410mmx 610
Autumn Birches Burkes Pass 260x190
The Downs Geraldine 250x350
Maryburn Station 390x610
Blue Mountain from Pleasant Point 25cm x 16cm
Regional paintings preserved wonderfully some of the history of the area.
Douglas Badcock 1922-2009
En Plein Air artist - a French expression which means "in the open air"
Donald Badcock was born in Balclutha in 1922 and eventually made Queenstown, then Speargrass Flat, near Arrowtown, his home, with wife Bonnie and their four children. Their three sons, Brian, John and David, became artists in their own right. Brian said in 2015 "Dad was a painter so all the time we were going out painting. We had a sort of mobile caravan and it was set up, the four of us children were travelling around with him. It was somewhat of a gypsy life, though we had a home base. The travelling stopped when he was 13 or 14, and left for boarding school." The couple moved to Clyde before the end of the century and he died in 2009 and Bonnie died in 2001. paintings
The Southland Times 25 Nov. 2009
Queenstown's first fulltime time artist died last week, leaving a huge legacy to the art world. Douglas Badcock did not just paint thousands of New Zealand landscapes, he also passed his skills on to his three sons, who are each artists in their own right, and the genes are coming through in their children. Born in Balclutha in 1922, he was named after the Douglas motorcycle his father rode around Otago while doing his Presbyterian home missionary work. In Queenstown he met and then married Bonnie and they had four children: Brian (now living in Blenheim), Jenny (Invercargill), John (b. 1952) (Geraldine) and David (Cairns). After dabbling in painting in his spare time, Mr Badcock took the plunge and went fulltime and the children joined him on many of his painting trips, which John said showed them what their father saw in the beauty and freedom of the landscape. Mr Badcock had his first exhibition in Wellington in 1960, and all the works sold within two days. A review described him as "a realistic painter and absolutely sincere with a natural talent and a high technical standard ... A master of the New Zealand landscape, he paints New Zealand as he sees it". He began entering the Kelliher Art Awards, established for landscape painters, and a win in 1965 firmly put Mr Badcock in the top bracket. The demand for his works saw them grace not only many New Zealand homes, but they were also in the collections of the Queen - a gift during a visit to Queenstown - and also the King of Thailand. John said his father loved the Queenstown area and the range of colours the landscape offered, but about 10 years ago his father and mother moved to Clyde, where she died in 2001. Douglas Badcock never really stopped painting the landscapes, although his output slowed over the past year and he concentrated more on smaller watercolours. He also produced three books - My Kind of Country, My Kind of Painting, and A Painter in Fiji. In a Listener article in 2004, Mr Badcock said: "I paint seas, skies, mountains. I paint the world I know, as it appears to me. I have an image that is there and I have to record it. "When I'm painting I let the subject reveal itself. Picasso said `I don't seek, I find'. And finding is a revelation intellectually, emotionally, spiritually. The primary motivation is self-expression, but if there's no vision, if we don't see beauty in nature any more, then we're nowhere."
Bold brush strokes, an expressionist style.
Winchester, Canterbury 1985 oil on board Height 29 cm.; Width 39 cm. An old homestead
John Badcock b. 1952 Queenstown
Moved to Geraldine in 1978. Educated at Waitaki BHS. His subject matter includes landscape and townscape. There is one of his older style townscape paintings hanging in the Westpac in Geraldine. Over the years his style changed dramatically. In 2015 his style was very impressionistic even more so than his father's work. He lays the paint on heavy. A landscape.
Violet I. Banks
From window. [1907?] : Watercolour, 41 x 133 mm. Shows view from Arthur Hope's station at Fairlie, that is Raincliff station, bought by Arthur Hope 1901 and sold ca 1908.
From Arthur Hope's, N Z [1907?] Watercolour, 90 x 163 mm (Alexander Turnbull Library)
Homestead.  Watercolour, 104 x 196 mm.Shows homestead of Arthur Hope at Fairlie, Raincliff station.
Drive with trees, Arthur Hope's station. 1907 Watercolour, 206 x 102 mm
View of foothills from Arthur Hope's station. 1907 Watercolour, 156 x 110 mm. Shows Raincliff station, property of Arthur Hope.
Tommy Hope.  Watercolour, 41 x 133 mm. This is possibly son or grandson of Arthur Hope of Raincliff. None of the four sons listed in his obituary (Timaru Herald, 2 Apr 1935) is called Tommy, so Tommy possibly a nickname, or name of a grandson. Parents married 1882 and this child appears to be a small baby, so either youngest son (Arthur Howard Hope) or first-born of oldest son.
Mt Peel from Kapunatiki, Rangitata (Hon W Rolleston). [1907?]
circa 1907 (Alexander Turnbull Library) watercolour 8.3 x 15.2 cm
Mt Peel circa 1907 (Alexander Turnbull Library) watercolour 16.2 x 26.6 cm View across farm landscape with Mount Four Peaks in the background and a row of trees on the right.
Road between Peel Forest and Holnicote circa 1907 (Alexander Turnbull Library)watercolour 12.2 x 19.9 cm
From near Mrs Dennistoun's Peel Forest (Orari Riverbed).  Watercolour, 167 x 301 mm
Mt Four Peaks, N Z.  Watercolour, 162 x 266 mm. View across farm landscape with Mount Four Peaks in the background.
Road between Peel Forest & Holnicote. Watercolour, 122 x 189 mm Scene on the road in Peel Forest near Mount Peel Station. Holncote or Holnicote named after Acland Family seat in Devon England was the earlier name for the homestead at Peel Forest Estate. It is no longer in use.
Orari Gorge homestead, N. Z.  Watercolour, 184 x 294 mm. A view of Charles Tripp's homestead at Orari Gorge, Canterbury, with a large round rock (concretion) ornamenting the front lawn by the drive, three children on the lawn amongst cabbage trees, a bridge or outbuildings to the left and hills behind. The front lawn is circled by a drive.
Banks, I Violet, fl 1890s-1914. [Banks, I. Violet] fl. 1906-1914: Orari Gorge homestead, N. Z. [1906?]. Ref: C-078-028. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, N.Z.
Phyllis Drummond Sharpe Bethune, Christchurch (1899 -1982)
Phyllis Drummond BETHUNE nee SHARPE - was a member of "The Group" 1936-1947. Her paintings were held by the Hocken Library and others. Mrs Bethune was from Woodbury, Geraldine, later on Christchurch. Died in Wanaka in 1982. Painted in the 1930s - 1940s. Born 27th February 1899. paintings
Timaru Herald 1982
Phyllis Drummond Bethune, a prominent former South Canterbury landscape artist, died in Cromwell last week. Mrs Bethune, who was 83 at the rmadukeof Art, Mrs Bethune painted mainly landscapes in oils. She lived in Waimate and Geraldine, and the surrounding South Canterbury countryside was the subject of her painting until she moved to be closer to her daughter in Wanaka. After she moved, she began working on the lakes and autumn scenes of the area. Mrs Bethune was a member of the Canterbury and South Canterbury art societies, and a former president of the Waimate Art Society. She was a regular exhibitor at Otago and Canterbury society exhibitions. The Aigantighe Art Gallery [Timaru] holds one of her works "The Black Cap." Mrs Bethune is survived by a daughter. Phyllis also design the little St. Augustine Church war memorial in 1953.The Black Cap Aigantighe Art Gallery [Timaru] Winter Afternoon, Woodbury oil Frosty Morning on the foothills oil Lake Pukaki oil Mt Cook, from Pukaki oil on board 36x49cm Opuha River, Geraldine 1943 Road from the Downs, Geraldine 1943 Peel Forest oil 37 x 35cm Winchester Bridge oil on board 48 x 38cm Autumn Landscape 1947 oil Spring Afternoon, Peel Forest 1947 Summer afternoon in the Hunter Hills 1959 oil on canvas Winter on the Plains Near Peel Forest oil 28 x 40cm Mt. Aspiring from Glendhu Bay - Lake Wanaka oil on canvas Mount Gold Wanaka 1973 oil Anderson Park Art Gallery, Invercargill Lake Manapouri 1975 Anderson Park Art Gallery, Invercargill
Mataura Ensign 11 April 1975
Before going to live in Wanaka about eight years ago, Mrs Bethune was one of the best known landscape painters in South Canterbury. She studied painting at the Christchurch School of Art in the early 1920's, when such fine painters as Archibald Nicoll, Richard Wallwork and Cecil Kelly were teaching at the school. Before she went to the school she remembers her father, Mr Drummond Sharpe, of Woodbury, saying to a lady neighbour: "I'm worried about Phyllis, she 's dead keen to got to art school." The women replied comfortingly: "Oh don't worry, she'll grow out of it!" Now in her 70's she has not yet 'grown out of it' and paints as well as ever, her work being in great demand.
Exhibitions. Mrs Bethune has exhibited work in all the main centres and her paintings have been hung many times in the Kelliher Art competition. Her pictures are also seen in the art galleries of Invercargill, Dunedin and Timaru. She has also held successful one-man exhibitions with Abernathy's of Dunedin, and at the Timaru Art Gallery. While living in Waimate during the 1950's, Mrs Bethune founded the Waimate Art Group, which is still a flourishing body , and she was president for many years. When she came to Wanaka she was asked to start an arts group here, and it has grown rapidly, with 90 members. painters, potters and craft workers all contribute valuable work and assistance. As well as begin widely known for her true-to-life landscapes, Mrs Bethune is very well known in the district for her generous tuition and assistance to local artists. Soon after he arrival in Wanaka she held weekly art classes for those with a flare for painting. Pictured below is Mrs Phyllis Bethune, proudly exhibiting one of her favourite landscapes, which she painted during a recent excursion to Manapouri.
Self-Confidence. "Quite often self-confidence is all that is required to bring out such talents," Mrs Bethune says.
As well as giving her pupils a sense of achievement, she derives great pleasure from observing the results and consequent improvement, many of her former pupils still bring their latest paintings to her for constructive criticism and candid evaluation.
Olivia Spencer Bower, Swannanoa 1905 -1982
C. Olivia O. Spencer Bower was born in St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England 13 April 1905, a twin, her brother is Marmaduke (1905 -2004). She was the daughter of the NZ born artist Rosa Spencer Bower (nee Dixon) (1865-1960) and Anthony Spencer Bower. Marmaduke John Dixon (1862-1918) was a mountaineer climber and brother to Rosa Dixon. He was a founder in 1891 of the New Zealand Alpine Club. The family Spencer Bower came to Canterbury, New Zealand in 1919. Olivia studied at the Canterbury College of Art in 1919 and received a diploma from the Canterbury College School of Art in 1929. In 1929 she travelled to London and enrolled at the Slade School of Art. She travelled around the UK and Italy and returned to NZ in 1931. A watercolourists and a noted portraitist. Exhibited with The Group in 1936. She returned to live in Canterbury in 1949 and focused on painting her garden. From the early 1970s portraits gained more prominence. The first female president of the CSA in 1980. Before her death she established a scholarship fund that finances an annual emerging artist. Died in Christchurch. Buried St Thomas, Anglican Churchyard Cemetery, Eyreton paintings Olivia was a friend of watercolourist Margaret Stoddart.
Esther Hope in Her Studio 1938
A Mackenzie Window 1938
Mackenzie Evening. 1938
River with Small Boat at Rest
The Untidy Verandah water colour on paper
Still Life Jug - watercolour on paper
Same background as above The jug 'Esther Hope's Jug' was featured in many of Esther Hope's paintings.
A View from the Grampians watercolour 54.50cm x 38cm (above)
This watercolour was painted from the window of Esther Hope's cottage. The mountains in the background are The Grampians with Mt Cook in the background there sticking up like a sore thumb has the same background as the Still Life Jug painting.
Landscape Te Papa
Open Country 1972 Te Papa
Road to Mount Sefton (c.1934) Drawing-Watercolour on paper (38 x 54 cm)
Mount Cook Drawing Watercolour on paper (28 x 32 cm)
Branches & Wind, Lake Ohau watercolour
Mackenzie basin landscape, c. 1969 Olivia Spencer-Bower. Watercolour on paper with charcoal outlines of the mountains still visible. Aigantighe Gallery. A copy of this painting and other paintings are on display at the DOC Visitors Centre, Mt. Cook Village.
Clifford Aubrey Brunsden 1909-1969
He was born in Timaru Oct. 16 1909. Attened TBHS where his art teacher was A.J. Rae. He studied at a number of art schools in New Zealand including the Canterbury College School of Art, the Wellington Technical College School of Art and at Elam School of Fine Art. In 1936 he travelled to England where he visited public art galleries, and on his return he won a private bursary enabling him to study art in Australia. He did post war studies at Wellington School of Art and in Britain, Europe and Australia. He returned to Timaru in 1955. He became the first director of The Aigantighe which opened in 1956 and retained that position until his death in September 1969 at age 60 and is buried at the Timaru cemetery along with his brothers. He lived at 49 Wai-iti Rd. The Aigantighe has his beautiful 1967 oil on board painting Kakahu Lime Kiln, a brownish kiln surrounded by green / brownish bush. In 2005 Timaru at Sunset by C Brunsden was sold on Trade me. During his life, Brunsden painted many scenes of Timaru and South Canterbury that have become records of the changing landscape. e.g. Shingle Beach, Timaru. His parents were Eveline Mabel Brice and William Walter Brunsden. He had a brother Walter Sinclair Brunsden b. in 1904 and Claude Elgar Brunsden b. in 1908.
CLAUDE Elgar Brunsden was born in Timaru and was the older brother of former Aigantighe director Clifford Brunsden. He studied at the University of Canterbury and Victoria University in Wellington before teaching art at Timaru Boys' High School. He painted the 'Opuha Gorge' and this scene is painted looking down the gorge from the ridge above. BA of Arts from Victoria College in 1937.
Eveline Mabel Brice CHURLY m. William Walter Brunsden in 1903.
1904 Brunsden Walter Sinclair m. Nita Grace Epplett in 1940
1908 Brunsden Claude Elgar m. Kitty Gwendoline Stow in 1944
1909 Brunsden Clifford Aubrey m. Lynda Ann Cook in 1948
1944-55 watercolour on paper by Cliff Brunsden donated to the Aigantighe in 2014 by J. Moore.
Grace Butler 1887 - 1962
Auckland Star, 15 November 1924, Page 25
Mrs. Grace Butler, whose large canvas of the glaciers at Mount Rolleston, in the Southern Alps, is one of the charms of the New Zealand section of our gallery, has recently finished another picture of alpine scenery, depicting the heights at the head of Lake Wakatipu under a mantle of snow. She had to walk some distance every day, and worked strenuously for such time as the effect lasted. The landscape wrapped in white rapidly fades, except when it is winter, and the cold is then too intense to stand still for long, and far too cold to hold a brush. An easel was improvised out of a stretcher found in the hut of a musterer which also provided a rough form of studio in which to store the canvas at the end of the day's work. paintings
She never painted from notes but always on the spot, sometimes had four or five paintings going showing a view in different types of weather.
Duncan Darroch 1888-1967
A.A. Deans 1915-2011
Born 2 Dec. 1915 at "Riccarton House", Christchurch to Alexander and Nora (nee Knight). L/Cpl, 20 Bn, M.E., P.O.W., 22 May 1941; Wounded. Father of seven sons including Paul, a painter, farmer and a backwoodsman. O.B.E., 1995. Author of Pictures by Austen Deans. He is a direct descendant of the Canterbury pioneers John and Jane Deans and is connected to the 18th century British novelist, Jane Austen. Austen died at age 95, in Christchurch 18 Oct. 2011 after a massive stroke. He was still painting the day before his stroke - he was a very good an plein air artist "As a painter he was someone indelibly connected to Canterbury.'' His funeral was held at St Mary's Church in Geraldine on Saturday 22nd Oct. 2011 followed by a private burial at Mt Peel. paintings
Water colour painting of Mt Dobson by A.A. Deans on the left with a reflection of window at Mt John Homestead. The photo on the right out of a car window. I took the photo on the right on a August morning in 2003 before I saw the painting. I didn't have any idea he had painted the view. Taken just out of Fairlie up the Clayton Rd on Ashwick Flat. See Rata's painting of same scene, Mt Dobson.
Road to Tekapo, 2002
A.A. Deans captured the scene perfectly with the cloud hanging over the range just what we saw when heading to Tekapo from Fairlie in August 2003. [There is a reflection on the road that should not be there due to sunlight coming in the window.]
Beatrix Dobie 1887-1944
Beatrix Charlotte Dobbie b. in Whangarei to Herbert Boucher Dobbie manager of railways in Whangarei and a citrus orchardists. In 1911 travelled to London with her friend Esther Hope to study painting. She changed her surname spelling to Dobie. She volunteered for Red Cross service in 1914 and was stationed in Malta like Esther. They both returned to New Zealand after the war. Miss Dobie exhibited regularly at the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1919-1926 and during those years painted in the Mackenzie. She illustrated the book Tutira - The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station, the 2nd edition, reprinted with a new preface, map and index in 1926 for H. Guthrie-Smith. In 1926 she married R. Vernon, an engineer with the French army in Tunisia. Widowed in the 1940s and Beatrix Vernon died a few years later in 1944. Her post-impressionist oil paintings feature Rotorua, Northland, Mackenzie Country, Malta and North Africa. She became known as an animal painter and in 1922 Beatrix the exhibited The Boundary Dog in Christchurch. Painting was completed in 1920. At the Aigantighe.
British Red Cross Volunteer
Miss Beatrix C. Dobie, Three Arts Club, Marylebone Road.
Age when engaged: 28
Rank at engagement: Nurse
Date of engagement: 12/10/1914
Date of termination: 11/04/1915
Additional information: Mil. Hospital Malta.
Department: J.W.V.A.D. Commission: London 268
The Musterer - oil on canvas (15"x19")
Evening Post, 28 April 1944, Page 8 NOTABLE N.Z. ARTIST DEATH IN TUNISIA
A varied career of unusual interest has closed with the death, at Beja, Tunisia, of Madame Rene Vernon, known in earlier years as Beatrix Dobie, a New Zealand painter of horses and landscape. She was a daughter of the late Mr. H. B. Dobie, of Epsom, and was born at Whangarei in 1887. Some years before the last war she went to London and studied there under noted painters. In 1914 she joined the British Red Cross and did hospital service at Malta and elsewhere, but later was transferred to the New Zealand canteen at Codford, England. Later, while painting in Europe, she married Captain Rene Vernon, of the French army, and made her home in Tunisia. From there she sent pictures to exhibitions in London and elsewhere, including the Empire Exhibition of 1937. It was typical of her; spirit that when fighting raged around her home at Beja, 60 miles from Bizerta; she declined to leave. She kept open house to Allied servicemen, including New Zealanders. Examples of Madame Vernon's work are in the Auckland Art Gallery and at Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin. She is survived: by her husband and a son. Her mother and a number of relatives reside in Auckland.
Joyce Drury 1934-2014
Joyce Evelyn Drury b. 3 January 1934. Died 19 June 2014. Miniaturist. Using oils on treated silk canvas, in a studio at her home in Redcliffs, Christchurch. Many of her miniatures have found their way into private collections around the world. Versatile subjects in oils. Favourite subjects range from New Zealand landscapes, hunting scenes and Clydesdale horses working in the fields, plodding along picturesque country roads, or at rest in the paddock. Joyce is a lady in her 70s and has been painting since she was 14 years old. Joyce says her paintings take as long to dry as they do to paint. CHCH.
Formerly headmistress at Ashburton High School, now a landscape painter. NZ Herald 13/08/80, Timaru Herald 06/08/82
Four Peaks 60x81cm
Mount Peel Range from Tripps Road 36x75cm oil on board, signed
The Old Cob Cottage Burkes Pass 45cm x20cm Canvas on Board. Acrylic.
Mt. Tasman from Cook River Flats. 1968 w/c
Towards McKenzie Country oil
Mt D'Archiac Range, Upper Rangitata River Bed. Oil on board 575mm X 670mm. hxw. Trademe July2017 asking price $150.
Back cover dj From the Beginning : Chronicles of a County : Geraldine
On the back Mt. Peel Range, Rangitata Gorge. Audrey R.M. Durant, No. 5 R.D., Ashburton
Four Peaks, Audrey Durant.
Jaqueline "Jackie" Fahey (1929 - )
Well-known Auckland artist
and personality Jacqueline Fahey was born in Timaru, in 1929. She spent her
childhood in Timaru. She is a
distinguished painter, especially known for her paintings of domestic and
suburban life, and a writer. Her novel Cutting Loose (David Ling, 1998). She
will shortly publish a memoir of her life up to the early years of her marriage
to eminent psychiatrist Fraser McDonald. Something for the Birds (Auckland
University Press, 2006) was released on Mothers' Day and was written, she says,
out of respect and love for her own mother, to preserve her mother's story as
well as her own.
Jacqueline was educated at Teschemakers Catholic boarding school in Timaru and began studying art, at the age of 16, at the Canterbury College School of Art in Christchurch. She is now the only surviving member of the group of renowned Canterbury women artists that once included Rita Angus and Evelyn Page.
She began her career as a painter in the late 1950s. Marriage and three children close together meant that the demands of family life drew her away from painting. Luckily, however, by the late 1960s she had taken it up again and has been painting and exhibiting ever since.
Jacqueline was one of the first New Zealand artists to paint from a woman's perspective, choosing her subjects, materials and methods to express her feminist concerns. Even in highly conventional 1950s New Zealand, she was revealing in her painting the dreadful isolation of women in their suburban homes. In later years, she has moved on to urban scenes and more openly political subjects. In 1964, with Rita Angus, she organised an exhibition at Wellingtons Centre Gallery, which showed equal numbers of female and male painters and was almost certainly the first deliberately gender balanced public art show in this country.
Jacqueline has exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout her career. She was selected to represent New Zealand at the 1985 Sydney Perspecta and her work was included in the 2007 exhibition 100 Feminist Painters, held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007. Fahey works are also in the University of Auckland's art collection. Something-for-the-Birds, a memoir published in 2006. paintings
Born in Scotland. Studied in Christchurch under John Gaul c.1870. Ferrier moved to Timaru in 1881 and established a photography studio. He was a keen amateur artist.
Timaru Herald, 22 October 1913, Page 8
No. 38, "Trawling in Caroline Bay," is by William Ferrier.
John Edward (Jock) Fraser (1899 -1974)
Born Oamaru 9 March 1899 and educated in Invercargill. Otago University (M.A.). He was a primary school teacher and later studied drawing and watercolour painting at Heatherley's Art School, London under Vivan Pitchforth R.A. He taught at the Timaru Main School in the 1920s and 1930s. Drafted when he was about 40 years of age, 26th NZEF2 Infantry, intelligence section. He was a POW during WWII in the 26th Battalion as a sargeant in the intelligence section in the 6th NZ Brigade in Greece and the Western Desert. He was captured at Sidi Rezegh, Libya in 1941 and was a POW in Italy then Germany following the surrender of Italy in 1943. During this time he painted and sketched on bits of paper which he left with an Italian family when he moved to another camp and these were returned to New Zealand by American Forces. The Aigantighe have c.100 drawings of his work which he did when was a POW. There is a collection of pen lined drawings for a fashion show, the men put on a play they put on for the guards. In 1943 Fraser and other prisoners were transferred to Stalag V111A near Dresden where they worked in mines, quarries, factories and railroad construction. Russian advanced in 1945 and 3000 POWs were marched 400miles. Many died from starvation, thirst and exhaustion. They were liberated by American forces. Following his liberation he returned to teaching. Taught in Havelock North and from 1947 to 1954, he taught at Hampstead School (Ashburton). J.E. Fraser retired to Timaru in 1954 where he was well know both as a teacher and artist. Taught at T.B.H.S. Died at age 75. Austen Deans was another POW and war artist. Audio. curator. A watercolour 33 x24cm painted 25 April 1949 of Westend Hall in Timaru was painted in his studio in Maltby Avenue. Framed by W.G. Dennison, Arcade, Picture Framer, Timaru.
Jock Fraser signature 1961
A landscape and impressionist artist. Resident at Kimbell, South Canterbury
from 1994 to 2016. Built a house in Kimbell in 1995. His wife Janet died in 2013.
"My wife has gone and I have got to carry on." Down sized to
end of 2016 and at 86
continues to paint and tutor painting. Trained at trained at Elam, NZ in the late 1940s.
TH. "It is hand made, not stamped out of a machine."
Country Lane, South Canterbury 2012 245mm x 320mm Watercolour
Ribbonwood 40"x20" oil on canvas c.2000
"Good marriage" 2016
William Greene 1872 - Dec. 1925
Born in Australia in 1872, William Greene arrived in New Zealand in 1874. A painter and teacher, he studied in Melbourne and London at Mr Frank Caldern's of Animal Painting in July 1905. After trips to Australia and England for training he taught art at Timaru High School. He established a studio in Bank Street, Timaru in 1894 and was a founding member of the South Canterbury Art Society and painted many scenes of life in and around Timaru. He taught art at TBHS. He left a number of paintings to help form the core of a public collection. One of Mr Greene's fortes is drawing horses. The Unemployed was exhibited at one of the South Canterbury Art Society exhibitions. These donkeys which children would ride, were a common sight on Caroline Bay during the summer months earlier in the Twentieth Century. Such was their fame that their names have been recorded. From left to right they are Snowball, Sambo, Emma and Matilda. Mr Greene painted well over 500 paintings and many of these are in the hands of family members. Represented: Suter (only has one, Stacking), Hocken (has only one The pony), Aigantighe*. In 1899 Greene decided there was not enough scope for a professional painter to make a living in Timaru and disposed of 25 paintings through an art union. Moved to Melbourne for eight months and retuned to Timaru in 1901 for four years then over to Britain for further study. He met an Hungarian artist while in Europe and married and returned to Timaru. He became a part time art teacher at Timaru HS in 1912. He left Timaru in 1921. Died in Christchurch in 1925. paintings
The Roadmakers at Patiti Point 30x40 1916. Greene presented this painting to the South Canterbury Arts Society for their collection.
wagon of wheat behind a six-horse team in Old North Road, Timaru 1899. South Canterbury Museum has the original.
Mt. Cook. Oil on board, 26 x 37 cm
Horse and Cart Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm
Donkey Oil, 30 x 45.5 cm
Milking Time 1901
Homeward 1901 depicting the sluggish march to the byre of half-a-dozen lazy cows that have had their fill from the luxuriant herbage of an extensive common, are gloriously brilliant but quite real.
Ploughing in South Canterbury 1901 - the horses are in motion. The picture is rich and pleasing. The grey horse in the lead is a particularly cleaver study.
Harvest 1901 - a charming scene.
Waitati view 1901 - here again we have cows and the locality is truly depicted, whilst the leading merit of the work is the beautiful distribution of shade in the low- lying road.
painting 1902 presented to Peter Smeaton who was leaving the firm Messrs Srgood, Son and Ewan, Timaru
Highland Cattle* 1904
Gathering of the Clans 1904, Art Union went to Mr R.J. Buchanan of Timaru. Other paintings went to Mr J. O'Meeghan and Mrs Leigh.
Bringing in the Sheaves. 1907 [NZ Farm & Station Verse]
Scene in Surry, England 1909 305 x 405mm Aigantighe
The Edge of the Field, Essex, England, 1910 purchase by James Craigie who presented it to the South Canterbury Arts Society for the future art gallery.
Stacking - Essex Oil on canvas 540 x 640mm (1' 9 1/4" x 2' 1 3/16") Suter Gallery Purchased with the Snodgrass Bequest in 1910
Lakeland in afternoon tones -scenery -mountain, wood, and later. 1907
Dinnertime for three little donkeys that are looking over a country gate. 1907
The Crest of the Hill. 1907 [NZ Farm & Station Verse]
Harvesting the Sheaves [NZ Farm & Station Verse]
Orari Riverbed at Riverslea - sheep and lambs in foreground, willow trees, golden gorse- sky and landscape presented to the Timaru Art Gallery by Councillor Horrell in Feb. 1913.
The Breadwinners 1920
Harvest, Tycho Valley 1920
On the Opihi Riverbed 1920
A Bent Tree 1920
The Spare Horse 1920 (this was sold in 1920 and went to England)
The pony. ca 1920s oil on canvas on board: 380 x 441mm Bought with the assistance of Hocken Library Endowment funds accession: 71/194
Near the Opihi 1920
Peter Pan 1920
Study in Pastel 1920
An Old Hampshire House 1920
Where my Caravan is Resting 1920
Slaves of the Beach 1920
Public Gardens, Timaru
The Unemployed*. 1912. Oil on Canvas. Corporal Smith*. Oil on canvas c. 1899. Is this Robert Edward Smith, a Farrier Sergeant in the South African Boer War of 1899-1902? Probably painted before he left. He died less than a year later of wounds received in battle. Both at the Aigantighe.
Timaru Herald, 18 July 1919, Page 7
A notable addition to the permanent collection of pictures in the Art Gallery has just been made in the presentation to the South Canterbury Art Society of a large oil painting entitled "The Roadmakers," by Mr William Greene. The subject is one that entirely suits Mr Green's acknowledged genius for animal portrayal. A team of four sturdy horses is shown pulling a road scoop loaded with clay. The driver and scoopman are shown, but they are of quite subsidiary interest to the team. The composition of the whole picture is excellent, while the important part, the horses, are individually and as a team painted with that vigour and sure technique which marks all Mr Greene's animal studies. Many of the important Art Galleries of the Dominion have secured examples from his brush, and the local Art Society are to be congratulated on such a valuable gift. "The Roadmakers" has been well hung in the Art Gallery, which is in the Public Library building, and reached through the lending department upstairs. It is to be feared that a very small proportion of the citizens have ever visited the gallery. This is regrettable, as outside the four centres there is probably no better collection of pictures than it contains.
(on the cover of Timaru Centenary 1868 -1968)
Mr Greene tells the Otago Witness in 1902 that "Subjects such as those I send you appeal to me much more than anything else in nature, and the simple pastoral landscape is to me much more beautiful than our grander scenes; and, he adds, "I fear that the latter has, to a certain extent, a bad effect on our young artists, causing them to think far too much of subject, and to neglect the interpretation of "that quieter beauty which is within the reach of everyone, and yet is seen by few."
Aston Greathead - 1921 - 2012
Heather Person Hill b. 1935 in Timaru
Walter Basil Honour 1897-1988
This artist, W. Basil Honour, who is particularly interested in New Zealand landscape painting, was born in Wellington in 1897, being a pupil of T. A. McGormack. He works almost exclusively in oils. paintings
In the High Alps (oil) 1933
Lake Tekapo (oil) 1933
Winter, Lake Tekapo (oil) 1934
Snow at Tekapo (oil) 1933
Geraldine Landscape (oil) 1933
Esther S. Hope 1885 -1975 aka E.S. Barker
Esther Studholme Barker was born at Waihi, Woodbury, near Geraldine, South Canterbury 8 August 1885 to an accomplished amateur artist Emily Barker nee Studholme and eldest daughter of John Mathias Barker of Waihi, Woodbury. As a young girl she climbed mountains with her neighbour Jim Dennistoun and rode a pony following the hounds. She also took lessons from Edwyn Temple and in 1907 she started having lessons from Christchurch artist Margaret Stoddart. In 1911 Esther travelled to London with her friend and artist Beatrix Dobie and entered the Chelsea and Slade College of Art in London to improve her skills and exhibit in London and Paris. During WW1 she was on Malta as a VAD nurse. After the war she came back to South Canterbury c.1919 and married Norman Hope in 1920 (his father owned Raincliff) but retained her Barker artist name. Norman Hope had purchased The Grampians in 1914. She lived on 'Grampians Station' and often travelled around the Mackenzie painting. Esther exhibited regularly at the Canterbury Society of Arts. In the 1930s she was asked to submit what she thought was a suitable concept for the Church of the Good Shepherd at Tekapo and an architect drew the plans. Her original sketches have been saved. Esther made two plasticine models [each was about 15 centimetres in length and constructed with modelling clay over match boxes, they always used to be sitting in the middle of the sideboard in her studio.] of the Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd. These models, which differed slightly, were forwarded for approval by a committee and one of them was adopted as the final design. The church was designed and built based on these models in 1935 by architect R.S.D. Harman of Christchurch. One of the models is presumably passed onto the architect. Where are the models now? Not at the Timaru museum. The Hope collection was donated to the museum in 1954 by Arthur Hope's family. The models were seen last at the Mrs Hope's home in Sarah St., Timaru in the 1960s. Six of Esther's watercolour paintings are at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru but there are hundreds scattered around South Canterbury. paintings
British Red Cross Volunteer Miss Esther S. Barker
The Three Arts Club 19A Marylebone Rd, London,
Age when engaged: 29
Service from: 02/09/1915
Service to: 30/06/1916
Previous engagement: P.T.O.
Rank at engagement: Nurse
Date of engagement: 02/09/1915
Date of termination: 30/06/1916
Additional information: Malta, Mil: Hos:
Department: JW. V.A.D.
Commission: London 268
Miss Esther S. Barker
Address: Waihi, Woodbury, S. Canterbury N.Z
Service from: 15/07/1915 Service to: present time
Previous engagement: was transferred from V.A.D. L/128 in 1916. Now in New Zealand
Rank at engagement: member
Date of engagement: 15/07/1915
Pay at engagement: yes
Date of termination: 1916
Particulars of duties: posted by Devonshire House to a military hospital
Additional information: In Detachment Military Hos: Malta Special Service Nursing Full Time
Commission: London, Paddington Div.
E.S. Barker 1920
The Old-age Pensioner
The Willow Grove
Landscape 460 x 590 Gouache -
a method of painting with opaque watercolors mixed with a
preparation of gum
Cottage at the Grampians - Gouache 290x380
The Walk to Ball Hut, Looking Towards Mt Chudleigh watercolour, 56 cm x 38 cm
Ohau River 1941 Te Papa
Mackenzie Country 1950s Christchurch Art Gallery
Mountains and Stream (Mt Buffwash) Watercolour, 57 cm x 39 cm
Mt Cook, watercolour, signed, 380x560
Mount Sefton, no date. Gouache on paper. Aigantighe Gallery
Lake Alexandrina, watercolour, signed, 54 x 74 cm
Lake Alexandrina watercolour 315 x 490mm
Lake McGregor wc 1966
Camp at Lake McGregor wc 1966
Mackenzie country view wc 1966
Grampians (grasslands) 500x310mm watercolour
Lake Tekapo from Mt. Hay 1968 w.c
Lakeside scrub 1968 w/c
Mt. Sefton 1968 w/c
Storm over Five Sisters Range 1968 w/c
Coastal Fishing, watercolour, signed, 27 x 38 cm
Woodland Flowers, watercolour on board, signed, 35 x 27 cm
Southern Alps, watercolour, signed, 37 x 50 cm
Caroline Bay, gouache, signed, 30 x 40 cm
Southern Alps 55x74 Gouache/paper
The Grampians, Mackenzie Country 23.5x34cm watercolour,/paper
Path through the Native Bush 30x44cm Gouache/paper
Man on Punt near Bridge 29.5x48cm watercolour,/paper
Farmer tending his Sheep 27x37cm watercolour,/paper
Valley in Autumn 35x54cm watercolour,/paper
View of Mackenzie County, NZ 53.x73 cm. Drawing-Watercolour on paper 1966
Poplars Lake 60x72
Mount Sefton, no date. Gouache on paper. Aigantighe Gallery. A copy is on display at the DOC Mt Cook Visitors centre.
Lake Alexandrina, watercolour. The Aigantighe has a similar 1963 painting.
1954 Watercolour 295 x 213mm. The view is from the hills round the Grampians across to the low hills of the Mary Range with Aoraki/Mt Cook in the back sticking up like a sore thumb.
Woodall, Kate. Esther Hope : a well kept secret, 1885-1975 / Christchurch: CSA Gallery. Catalogue of the exhibition of the same name, held at the CSA Gallery, 9 Nov. - 5 Dec. 1993. Includes bibliographical references.
'The Cass Gorge, water colour by E.S. Hope, about 1952 is on page 400 in Oliver A. Gillespie's South Canterbury A Record of Settlement
The dust jacket painting on Evelyn Hosken's book Life on a Five Pound Note published in 1964 of the island in Lake Pukaki was painted by Mrs Esther S. Hope.
Her sketch of the 'Rhodes Cottage at The Levels' was is featured on Oliver A. Gillespie's South Canterbury A Record of Settlement; The South Canterbury Centennial History Committee published 1958. She was also responsible for drawing the brands inside the dust jacket flap.
Pen and pencil drawings by Esther Studholme Hope that reflect early life of the Mackenzie County are found in Jenny Rayne's Mackenzie Muster "A Century of Favourites" published in 1984. This is a cookbook with gems of poetry and art. The second book Mackenzie Roundup "More of Our Favourites" published in 1992 includes sketches by Colin Wheeler of Oamaru and all proceeds are invested in the Mackenzie District Education Trust.
Charles Henry HOWORTH 1856-1945
Evening Post 24 August 1945 Page 6 MR. C. H. HOWORTH
The death occurred on Wednesday of Mr. Charles Henry Howorth, of Wellington [in his 90th year]. Born in Otago in 1851, Mr. Howorth was Educated at the Otago Boys' High School, and served an apprenticeship to a firm of surveyors and civil engineers. He was later appointed engineer to the Southland County Council, a position he held for 25 years, resigning to visit England and the Continent to gain knowledge of harbour construction. On his return he was appointed engineer to the Wanganui Harbour Board, which body he served for several years until his retirement. His hobby was painting, both in water-colours and oils. His pictures attracted attention in New Zealand, and later in Great Britain, when he made further visits there. Amongst his pictures were landscapes of Stewart Island, the lakes of Otago, Canterbury, Westland, and the Wanganui River. Predeceased by his wife, [Lillian Grace Howorth nee Raymond married in 1882] he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Arthur A. E. Palmer, Lockett Street, Lower Hutt, and a son, Mr. Charles Raymond Howorth, of Surrey, England, [a civil engineer. He took his discharge in England 26 May 1918] He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Fairchild Marsh (Wellington) and Mrs. E. C. Woodward (Belmont). There are four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He co-founded the Invercargill Art Society in 1893 before moving to Wanganui around 1912. He was an early member of the Wanganui Arts and Crafts Society. During WW1 the family was living at 351 The Terrace, Wellington and later 44 Rawhiti Tce, Wellington. Represented: ACAG, NAG, McDougall, Sarjeant, DPAG, Hocken and the Invercargill City Art Gallery. S/o George Howorth and Sarah Mottram, daughter of the English steel engraver. His holidays, however, are generally spent in the practice of his favourite hobby, and Stewart Island is his " happy hunting ground," where, amid the charming islets and dense bush, he finds rest for mind and body, and a thousand ever new subjects for his brush. His work is well patronised in the picture market. He annually sends some of his work to the exhibitions of the Otago and Canterbury Art Societies, of which he is a member, and he is generally well represented at the N.Z. Academy, Wellington. Signs: C H HOWORTH
A view of Mount Cook, oil on board, 49cm x 34cm
'Mt Sefton - Winter' watercolour in winter looking from near the Hermitage.
Mt Cook, watercolour, 26 x 36 cm
Mountain Scene, watercolour, Mt. Cook 26 x 36 cm
Mt Cook from the Hermitage, watercolour. 24 x 35cm, $500 - 800 in 2012
Rotten Tommy, watercolour 26 x 36cm, $300 - 600 in 2012
J.A. Johnstone, Christchurch
James A. Johnstone, born in Edinburgh. He won Diploma Design and Applied Art, distinction in modelling, prize stained glass work. Has exhibited in main centres in NZ. Was on the Staff of the School of Art. Represented in 1947 Exhibition Royal Scottish Academy.
Road, S. Canterbury
A Geraldine Street
Country behind Geraldine
Afternoon, Allandale 1953
Springtime, Allandale 1953
Opihi River above Hanging Rock 1953
John Kelman b. 1936
Took evening classes under Colin Wheeler. Attended TBHS and Waitaki BHS.
Henry Lowen-Smith has been painting Canterbury, South Canterbury for about 50 years, an artist member of the Otago Art Society also a exhibiting and member of the Ashburton Art Society since its inception, painted with Austen Deans and Doug Badcock over the years on occasions. His art teacher gained free entry for him to the Canterbury School of Fine Art at 14 years of age, but Henry decided not to attend which he have never regretted in not being influenced by tutors at the University. He undertook an apprenticeship in cabinet making and joinery instead which he found more useful as the years have past by. He has two Kelliher Awards, 3rd Prize Edinburgh Art Award at Otago plus other awards, listed at the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa under his previous name that he painted under, Harry Smith, guest artist at Tokoroa, Whakatane, Oamaru, Roxburgh and Waimate. Exhibited in leading galleries through out New Zealand, paintings in corporate, private and public collections world wide. After living in Ashburton for 70 years he relocated to Geraldine where he has his own studio and gallery at 59 Main North Road and paints under the name Henry Lowen-Smith, there were too many ordinary Smiths so he used my family names as he needed an identity of my own.
"Canterbury as I saw it" published in 2015 by Henry Lowen-Smith and is available at the gallery in Geraldine. The 102 page book covers from the Waitaki to Kaikoura the Rangitata, Ashburton, Rakaia and upper reaches of the Wilberforce runs, foot hill towns, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, paintings, buildings and history on each item.
Rural mail end of the road.
Rata Lovell-Smith (1894 - 1969) mainly painted in Canterbury
Rata Alice Lovell-Smith nee Bird was born in Christchurch. With her husband Colin Stuart Lovell-Smith (1894-1960), was preoccupied with the Canterbury area and its distinct identity. She studied, taught and painted in Christchurch. Associated with the Canterbury School of Art and later The Group. She taught at the Canterbury School of Art from 1924 to 1945. Rata Lovell-Smith subscribed to the doctrine of New Zealand regionalism. She was trained at the C.U.C School of Art. Bledisloe Medallist (1939) for her work Bush Scene. audio bridge. She was one of the Canterbury School of artists that developed into a distinctive Regionalist style, focused on the Canterbury landscape and identity with a simplification of form and attention to light and colour. paintings
Two Thumb Range, South Canterbury (Oil on board) 44 x 34 cm
Mt Dobson - Rata Lovell-Smith
Mackenzie Country (oil)
The Wai-iti Stream, Woodbury (oil)
Campsite Lake Pukaki (oil on canvas)
Benmore Range from Pukaki, 1953Oil on board 53 x 43cm $6,000 - 8,000 (2009)
Spring in the foothills 1935 oil on canvas Te Papa
Bridge Mt Cook Road 1933 Christchurch Art Gallery
Godley Peaks and the Cass River. 1930
A.H. McLintock 1903-1968
Dr. Alexander Hare McLintock bio born Dunedin. Educated at Otago BHS. Attended School of Art in Dunedin and took up etching. He was a pupil teacher to the School of Art in Dunedin while it was under control of W.H. Alleen. W.H. Allen introduced McLintock to etching. Low Tide Limehouse.Teachers Training College. Appointed to the Timaru Technical School in the 1930s. Otago University (M.A. Honours). 1937-1939 London University, Doctorate in Philosophy. He returned to Dunedin to lecture at Otago University.
John Macintosh Madden (1856-1923)
Auckland Star 26 April 1923 Page 9 MR J. M. MADDEN
The interment took place on Monday afternoon at the Catholic cemetery, Otahuhu, of Mr. John Macintosh Madden, the well-known, artist, whose pictures of Southern Alpine scenery were for so many years an attractive feature at the Auckland art exhibition. The death occurred on Sunday at his home Avenue Road, Otahuhu. Mr. Madden had attained the age of 67 years. Deceased was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1856, being a son of Canon Wyndham Madden. At an early age Mr. Madden displayed an aptitude for painting, [he studied at the South Kensington School] and was a regular exhibitor at all art exhibitions in New Zealand. Several of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy, London. One of his pictures was acquired by the Auckland Art Gallery. Mr. Madden finished his last work a few days before he died. He considered it the crowning achievement of his life. Deceased is survived by his wife, [Lily Alexandrina Von Gottfried m. 1895], three sons, and two daughters. The death of Mr. Madden will be regretted by a large circle of friends, especially in the artistic world, both in England and New Zealand. [He came to NZ in 1877 settling in Christchurch. In 1893 he found the Palette Club which proved to be a great boom to the artist of those days. He married in 1895. He was a pointer art master at Christ College and retired to devote the rest of his time to art.] Represented: McDougall, Canterbury Museum, Turnbull, Hocken and AIML. paintings
Children of Lily Marie and John Macintosh MADDEN
1897 Franz Zavier Marie John Gottfried
1899 Zeta Marie Mabel
1901 Juigo Marie
1903 Louis Joseph
New Zealand Herald 3 September 1925 Page 11 AN AUCKLAND COLLECTION.
A collection of water-colour paintings by well-known English and colonial artists, owned by Mr. G. W. Wilton, of Victoria Avenue, Remuera, was offered for sale yesterday. The highest price (l3 pounds) was paid for a painting entitled "Mount Cook" (Madden). "The Square, Winchester" (Worsley) and "Bush Scene" (F. Wright), brought 9 pounds and 7 pounds respectively. Two pictures by W. Menzies Gibb realised 5 pounds 10s each and 4 pounds 10s was paid for "Mota Falls" (Madden)" and "Lake Taupo" (W. F. Barraud). A painting of St. John's College, by A. Spier, was sold for 4 pounds.
Evening Star 30 May 1905 Page 6
On Thursday of this week Messes Park, Reynolds, and Co. will submit to auction 100 paintings in oil, water colors, etc., by Mr J. M. Madden, of Christchurch. Taking advantage to-day of the opportunity of inspecting the collection, we found works that do justice to Mr Madden's taste and brushwork. Many choice pieces are catalogued, and buyers should find it not difficult to meet their individual tastes in securing a genuine Madden.
36cm x 55cm c.$775 in 2017.
Mount Cook - watercolour 33 x 23 cm
'Mount Cook Holiday' - a hardback book with every page either full colour reproduction of his watercolours of the area, or his black and white drawings and text. Published by A. H. & A. W. Reed  in Wellington, 1st edition h/b, dj, 32 pages. 25cm.
A.G. Manson 1917-1983. Art master and painter, lived in Timaru.
Born in Christchurch in 1917, he attended Southbridge District High School. Ainsle George Manson was known as a painter and teacher. He studied for a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Canterbury College School of Art but the war interrupted this and he joined the army before serving as an official war artist during World War II and served in the Pacific and in Italy. After he was demobilised he returned to Canterbury College and completed his diploma in 1946. He taught at Christchurch Boys' High School for 6 months. In 1947 he was appointed as head of the art department at the Timaru Technical College and taught there for 27 years. He was president of the South Canterbury Arts Club in Timaru in 1951. Mr Manson director of Aigantighe Gallery from 1971 until his retirement in 1982. He died in 1983. The Aigantighe has a beautiful impressionist painting of his in green tones an oil on board painting "Afternoon Light, Peel Forest", he cut off the tops of the trees to make you focus on the undulating grass with patches of shade and light, beautiful work. paintings
Colin McCahon 1919-1987. A world renown contemporary painter. database
The Aigantighe Art Gallery has three works by Colin McCahon, bio and there are plans for extensions which will include a McCahon room. He was born into an Irish family in Timaru on 1 August 1919, the second of three children of Ethel Beatrice Ferrier and her husband John Kernohan McCahon (married in 1915) (s/o James McCahon), a commercial traveller and grandson of William Ferrier the Timaru photographer and landscape painter. He grew up in Dunedin, where he and his siblings were encouraged to draw and paint. His parents are Ethel Beatrice McCahon, died July 1973, wife of John Kernohan McCahon who died Dec. 1963 and both are buried in Geraldine. Colin attended Otago Boys High School. He took art classes at age 17. In their Highgate home hung landscapes by Colin McCahon's late grandfather, William Ferrier. Colin wrote: "My grandfather, William Ferrier, was both a photographer and a landscape painter in water colour. We grew up with his paintings on the walls, and at holiday times visiting my Grandmother's house in Timaru. We lived in rooms hung floor to ceiling with watercolours and prints. Once I spent time confined to a bed in what had been my Grandfather's dark room; red glass in the window, and paints and brushes, a palette, with shallow drawers. I don't remembering doing any painting at this time myself. I was probably intimidated by the obvious professionalism of the environment." He studied at Dunedin School of Art from 1937-1939, but was mostly self-taught.Gouache on paper. McCahon was influenced young by watching a signwriter working on a tobacconist's window, before going on to be inspired, then mentored and befriended, by Toss Woollaston. Colin McCahon is widely recognised as one of New Zealand's most remarkable artists of the Twentieth Century. He employed writing in his paintings from 1947. He is known for his use of text, religious exploration and deep love of the land. After several years in various parts of the South Island, including several years painting in the Nelson region, and in 1953 McCahon moved north to Auckland and bought a house at Titirangi's French Bay. He was a lecturer at the School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1966. His art was the central thing in his life. He was totally committed to his work. Neither McCahon nor Woollaston had more than a few years of formal art tuition. McCahon died May 27, 1987 in Auckland Hospital, suffering from dementia, thought to have been caused by years of drinking. South Canterbury landscape paintings.
South Canterbury before a storm, 1968, plastic paint. 1/6 hexptych. McCahon used plastic paints (principally P.V.A. or polyvinyl acetate) between 1964 and 1969, when he switched to acrylics.
Contemporary art hung in a gallery might get a response "I can't understand that" and five years later turns out to be that person's favourite painting simply because they have been made to look at it, it has become familiar as the mailbox outside their house.
Specialises in etchings and water colours of local areas: Mt. Cook, Tekapo and the New Zealand alpine flowers. Between From June 1992 to 2000 Shirley exhibited her art at the historic St. Patrick's Church (b. 1872) in Burkes Pass. Now 2002 Shirley resides at Tekapo. Shirley moved to Blenheim.
Love of art heals wounds of tragedy by John Keast
Subject: O'Connor, Shirley (Burkes Pass)
The Press, 13 Feb 1997; p.17 30cm
Sketches of South Canterbury by Shirley O'Connor published by Homecrafts, Tekapo, 1980. Thirty historical sketches with commentaries by James Maxwell. Printed Timaru Herald Print. No date. 32 pages of very interesting regional buildings etc. Paperback. Card covers. B/W illustrations in the same style as the front cover for each place; 21x 29 cm
The Good Shepherd
The Corner Shop, Geraldine
Talbot Street, Geraldine
The Country Cinema (Geraldine)
The Arcade (Sophia St. to Stafford St.)
The new public library (Timaru)
The Civic Centre (Timaru)
Aigantighe Art Gallery
The Church of the Sacred Heart
Corner Stafford St and Church St
The Lighthouse (Timaru)
Willow Walk (Timaru)
Stafford Street looking south (Timaru)
Girls High School, Timaru
Hadlow Game Park
The Gloucester gates and Burns Statue
The old woolshed, Arowhenua Station
The model Maori Pa, Temuka
The Cuddy, Waimate
Waimate War Memorial Gates
The lychgate of St. Augustine's
'The Fairlie Flyer'
St. John's Presbyterian Church
Mackenzie county Offices
Gladstone Grand Hotel
The Story of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand; written by Peter Hurricks; drawings by Shirley O'Connor. 1985
Discovering the Mackenzie Country and Mt Cook County; Tekapo by Maxwell, James, 1918 - : Homecrafts, Nov. 1973 56pp. Soft covered, printed by the
Timaru Herald Co. 16 chapters e.g. geography, a short historical picture of the Mackenzie Basin Country, from the man after whom the region was named, climatology, flora and imported fauna, travel & accommodation, the working collie dog, birds, animals etc. illustrated w/drawings and a map. Bibliography and Includes sketches by Shirley O'Connor.
Born in 1951 in Timaru. Educated TBHS - art teacher Barry Cleavin. Moved to Brisbane.
John Douglas Perrett 1859
An under valued artist.
A oil painting of Mt. Cook by J Douglas Perret 1896.
Born near Glasgow, Scotland. Studied at the
Glasgow School of Art. Arrived in Dunedin around 1886. With Nerli and L.W.
Watson he opened a private art school, Otago Art Academy. He moved to Auckland
Evening Star 21 March 1911 Page 6 MR PERRETTS PICTURES
On Friday afternoon of this week Messrs Riedle and Scurr will offer at auction forty-five paintings, mostly the work of Mr J. Douglas Perrett, who is known throughout, New Zealand, and especially in Otago and Auckland, as an artist, of high rank and a faithful student of Nature. Since Mr Perrett shifted to the North he has come down several times for summer sketching in the higher latitudes. This year he visited the Mount Cook district, and some of the works now catalogued are the results of that trip. The large canvas portraying Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki (No. 18) gives a quite uncommon view of the great mountain, for the peak is the main feature, and it is so successfully painted as to make one understand the Maori name of Aorangi, or the cloudpiercer. The summit stands right up in the thin air, and the, retreating ridge is finely shown. We have not seen for some time so true a representation of size and air and nobility in the handling of this subject. Another most effective oil painting is a sunrise view of Mount Cook from just, above the Hermitage (No. 20). It is very bold, and the artist well convoys the idea of solitude and inaccessibility. No. 37 is a small canvas, yet with some bigness in it, and critics must, we think, recognise the cleverness with which a cloudy view of Mount Sefton is painted. 'Evening of a Grey Day, Lake Te Anau' (No. 19), is a particularly rich bit of coloring, the purplish mountains making a picture that would attract notice in London. Other gems of the catalogue are a bright autumn scene on the Leith (No. 35), a very brilliant sunset piece (No. 10), and two pastels, one of the Cathedral Peaks, the other a peculiarly soft autumnal sunset (No. 29). Art lovers who look over the collection will be very much pleased not only with Mr Perrett's pictures, but also with the few supplementary ones by Nerli, Madden, and other Artists.
Evening Post 20 January 1937 Page 15 MR. J. D. PERRETT
The death occurred recently of Mr. J. D. Perrett, at the age of 78 years. One of New Zealand's outstanding landscape artists, Mr. Perrett came to New Zealand from Scotland 45 years ago, and for a time lived in Dunedin. He opened an artists' school and was soon well known throughout the Dominion for the quality of his work. Mr. Perrett later went to live at Devonport, where he resided until his death. Some of the artist's work is hung in the Auckland Art Gallery. He painted Government House and grounds at the request of Lord Bledisloe. Several of his paintings were exhibited in all art societies' exhibitions. His drawings of the Pink and White Terraces are among the finest in existence, the artist having just completed his work when the Tarawera eruption occurred. Mr. Perrett was a former well-known member of the Auckland Savage Club and the Auckland Bowling Club. He was a member of the provincial champion rink of 1906 and in his younger days achieved success as a swimmer. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. L. S. Lipscombe, of Christchurch, and four sons, Messrs. R. Perrett, of Auckland, and J. D., H. G. and H. S. Perrett, of Devonport.
2nd president of the South Canterbury Arts Club in Timaru in the 1950s. An English amateur watercolourist.
Gypsy Poulston (1923 -2016)
Gypsy said "My aims are to return to the simple truth of Medieval sculpture. Having taught cubism (in my years as an art teacher), painting has moved towards form and on to sculpture. I find it possible to convey ideas in abstract forms e.g. Flight series which developed from stained glass window designs - dealing with ascent in the spiritual sense." Gypsy and her parents moved to Timaru in 1940 and she attended TGHS, evening art classes, summer art schools and started exhibiting locally. She married Edward A.J. Poulston at St. Mary's in 1946. In 1960 she started teaching art at Craighead from 1963 and remained there until she retired in 1973. Gypsy was a member of The Canterbury & South Canterbury Art Society. Gypsy was born on 25th May 1923 in Amberley, North Canterbury, where her father, Warden Browne was postmaster and moved around the South Island with work. Eddie b. c. 1920 was a sign writer. He worked closely with his wife Gypsy on mural commissions. He is also a sculpturer and paints. Gypsy Pamela Lonsdale Poulston died at The Croft RH 12 April 2016 aged 92. Eddie b. 7 Oct. 1919 d. in Sept. 2010. Murals at Accident Corporation Building, Timaru, Satterthwaite Stockbrokers, Timaru, Shamrock Lounge, Timaru. Oxford Hotel, CHCH, Aranui Hotel, CHCH, Housing Corporation Building, CHCH.
Gypsy Poulston designed the stained glass windows at:
Craighead Chapel 1973
St. John's Anglican Church, Highfield, Timaru (1976)
Wilson St. Baptist Church, Timaru
Woodlands Road Methodist Church 1978
St. John's Church, Waikouaiti, Otago
Gypsy Poulston a 1997 window at St. John's Waikouaiti, the oldest church that is still in use in Otago and Southland. Photo taken by A.S. back in April. 2012 late morning. The descending dove is a common motif on grave memorials, representing the Holy Spirit. Messenger of God.
Paintings -water colour:
A street scene Bank St - Sophia St looking towards the Chambers Church hanging at Timaru Public Library just to the left of the check out counter.
"Magnolias"- a 1968 watercolour and pastel is at the Aigantighe.
"Far City", original watercolour, 1989, signed. Trade-me Sept. 2011. Original price $300. 18" x 14" 4" mount and frame. A quite stunning highly stylised work, very striking. Original label verso.
Bush Scene, watercolour, signed lower left, 32 x 25 cm
Waterfront, watercolour inscribed on rear 22 x 29 cms
City and boats, watercolour, 1966
Fishermen's Wharf, crayon, 1966
Swamp Forest, Northland, oil, 1966
Sculpture design at Picton Lodge.
Murals at State Advances Building Christchurch and Hotels.
She also did the 1987mural at the Timaru Hospital front entrance.
Gum trees at Pleasant Point by Gypsy Poulston sold on Trade-me in Feb. 2008. 495mm x 386mm w/c 1956
Albert J. Rae 1884-1971
Born in Dunedin. He attended School of Art and Design, Dunedin under David con Hutton 1915 -1917. He returned from England in 1922 and began as a part time teacher at TBHS. Became full time after 3 years. Albert Rae, R.A. Pop as he was known, or 'Daddy' Rae impressed Ken Andrews, now a well know artist who saw with every turn a scene to be recorded on canvas. Mr Rae was the art master at TBHS and had a studio and flat above shops in Stafford St., Timaru about opposite the Arcade. His work is found in TBHS Mapuru Memories 1945. He was a painter and printer and mastered mezzotint technique. He studied at London Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art, and at the Glasgow School of Art 1920-1922. He worked in London as a designer for Waterlows, and later taught drawing at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1922 he returned to New Zealand, teaching first part-time at Timaru Girls' High School and Craighead, and later at Timaru Boys' High School where he remained until his retirement in 1944. He spent his retirement painting landscapes mainly in the Marlborough Sounds, Anakiwa and Wellington (Information from catalogue at ArtEph-1972-R-01). At least one of his printings has been hung in the Royal Academy, London in its annual summer exhibition which is still staged each year. R.A. indicates that the artist has been accepted by his peers. paintings . His painting The Opihi River, South Canterbury is at the ChCh Art Gallery along with these.
Born Albert James Rae in 1884, married Alice Ruth Williamson in 1947, retired to Wellington and died 12 May 1971 in Wellington aged 84 years, Karori Crematorium. Children of Helen nee Rennie and Robert Rae, married in 1882:
1884 Rae Albert James
1886 Rae Robert Kelley
1888 Rae Mary Blackadder
1891 Rae William Stewart
Artist files held at:
E. H. McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery
Robert and Barbara Stewart Library and Archives, Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Aka Matua Research Library, Te Papa
Auckland Society of Arts
Canterbury Society of Arts
NZ Academy of Fine Arts
Otago Art Society
Albert James Rae : an exhibition of paintings, prints and drawings : Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, August-September 1987. Author : Collins, R. D. J.
Mt Sefton from Mueller Hut 1928 12.7 x 17.4 cm Canterbury Art Gallery. Technique: Mezzotint
Caroline Bay - at the Aigantighe. 1923. Etching on paper.
Boats - at the Aigantighe. Etching on paper.
The old fashioned kind of drawings on paper were often
considered secondary to paintings and sculpture. Then about Y2K people realised
they were independent and enthusiasm grew. Just about anything made by an artist
today including conceptual sculpture and video can be labeled a drawing.
William James Reed 1907-1996
William "Bill" James Reed was born 29
Oct. 1907 in Canterbury. His parents Annie Edith Emily nee Hill and Alfred Reed
married in 1900. Alfred d. 14 Oct. 1899 in CHCH aged 49. Galieune Alfred Reed was born in 1904 and Melita b. 1900. He
received his early training at the Canterbury College of Fine Art in the late
1920s and early 30s and during these years made contact with a number of well
known artists including Archibald Nicoll, Richard Wallwork, Francis Shurroch and
Leonard Booth. In later years he was a close associate of Rita Angus. At the
conclusion of his studies William Reed was a commercial artist for a firm
producing pictorial advertising for the movies. He worked with Russell Clark at
this time who became a very close friend and Reed was best man at his wedding.
Most of his weekends were spent roaming over the Port Hills and cycling the
plains of Canterbury in search of subject matter. He served in the Pacific
during WWII with the Third Division in the Field Ambulance Corps and acted as a
"War Artist." After the War William Reed he taught at the Dunedin School of Art
at the Polytech for thirty years. He found teaching fascinating and creative,
devoting term holidays for his own work. His first one man exhibition was held
at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Before he retired in 1973 he was appointed
Head of the Institution. He retired to Timaru in the 1980s and later moved to
Invercargill where he tutoured a part time at the Southland Community College.
His work is held in all the major Galleries and Museums throughout New Zealand.
His brush strokes are large with a brush laden with oil paint and liked pastel
blues, pinks and greens. His paintings are nostalgic with an intense passion for
landscape and seascape. He was a contemporary of Rita Angus. "The greatest
tribute we can offer is to quietly view his paintings and acknowledge our debt
to the "School of South Island Painters" the Lovell-Smiths, Olivia Spencer
Bower, Rita Angus, Bill Sutton, Doris Lusk, Rudi Gopas and William James Reed
who have helped us find our identity in a young land." Died 1996.
Hunter Hills, Timaru oil on board.
Hunter Hills, Timaru Acrylic on card, 45 x 59 cm
William James Reed was born 29 Oct. 1907 in Canterbury. Died 1996. His parents Annie Edith Emily nee Hill and Alfred Reed married in 1900. Galieune Alfred Reed was born in 1904 and Melita b. 1900.
Penelope Richards b. 1962
Educated at Craighead.
Ruby Scott b. 1903
Born in Dunedin. Held art classes in Timaru.
Margaret Olrog Stoddart b. Diamond
Harbour, Canterbury and died at Hanmer Springs
(1865 - 1934)
watercolourist- as a
Miss Stoddart studied in Europe in 1897. Returned to NZ in 1906. Taught at the Canterbury School of Arts. Painted the Mackenzie. Signs MO Stoddart. Is best known for her watercolours of flowers, many of them in her favourite blues and whites, and for her watercolours of river beds. Margaret Stoddart (daughter of Anna and Mark P. Stoddart, run holder) lived and painted Godley House. Family motto, "After darkness, light". The house partially collapsed after the June 13th 2011 aftershock. Several of her most significant paintings were of the house in its garden and harbour setting. The Stoddart family lived in Godley House until 1913 when both houses were sold to the Lyttelton Borough Council. The council then named it after the Godley, the Canterbury Association Agent and is known as the "founder" of the Canterbury settlement. Godley House was built in 1880 as a family home by Harvey Hawkins - ship chandler, ironmonger and speculator, and one of Lyttelton's leading citizens. Diamond Harbour was originally named Stoddard's Bay after Mark Stoddart. paintings. Her Aunt was a noted painter in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Timaru Herald, 22 October 1913,
Miss M. O. Stoddart has a number of pictures in this room. She has a charming style of dealing with flowers, and shows some very skilful and tastefully executed work in No. 8, a picture entitled "Roses." Other pictures by this artist are: No. 10, "Among the" Sandhills"; No. 22, "La Marque Roses" ; No. 26, "The Offshore Wind"; 'No. 35, "Among the Sandhills, New Brighton"; No. 46, "Springtime"; No. 54, "A Peninsula Road' ; and No. 58, "The Old Orchard, Diamond Harbour." All Miss Stoddart's pictures show considerable dexterity, I and a fine appreciation of the fitness of things. Two of her best pictures I are "La Marque Roses" and "Spring time." The blossoms on the trees the last-named picture are exquisitely coloured, and the bright and sunny aspect of the whole picture gives it a fascinating touch. No. 58 is similarly treated, and it is a class of work in which Miss Stoddart always obtains ; a happy effect. No. 35 is of the impressionistic type. Looked at from its proper distance it is seen to be true to Nature.
Roses. 1890. Watercolour on card. Difficult to photograph with the glass and reflections
Chrysanthemums 1890 CHCH Public Hospital main entrance near chapel
Roses CHCH Public Hospital main entrance near chapel
Christmas Roses 1920 M.O. Stoddart
Mountain Lilies - Christchurch Art Gallery, not on display 1931, a very clever work.
Mt. Sefton 1931
Golden Willows 1931
Glacier Lilies, Kea Point, Mt. Cook. 1931
In the Mackenzie 1930 Canterbury Art Gallery, not on display
View of Mount Cook 1930 Te Papa watercolour
Ball Hutt 1931 Te Papa watercolour and charcoal
Mt Sefton 1932 Christchurch Art Gallery, not on display
Near the Hermitage, Mt Cook 1927 watercolour
Streambed, Mackenzie Country
In the Hooker Valley - University of Canterbury Library
Mountain Stream - University of Canterbury Library
Stocking Glacier from Hooker Valley 1936 Te Papa, not on display watercolour and charcoal
Untitled (Otira Gorge) watercolor 46 x 43 cm
Southern Alps in purple hues, watercolour 24 x35.5cm
Andrew Trotter (1942 - )
Born in Timaru in 1942 Andrew always had a love of the outdoors. Andrew started painting in watercolours when he was 20 before moving onto oils and then painting acrylics. Andrew's very first painting sold for 8 guineas. The Mackenzie country is a favourite of Andrew's with its rolling hills and amazing light contrasts. Andrew's paintings are recognised for the soft, almost surreal light he puts in them. There are three hanging in the Tin Barn SH79 at Rangitata that belong to the owner of the Tin Barn, on the way to Geraldine, and one of St Columba Church in the back of the church. The South Canterbury Hospice in Timaru has two of Andrew's paintings, one mountains in the Banff area, B.C. The Aigantighe does not have any Andrew Trotter paintings.
David Waddinton Born in 1948 in Timaru. Taught at Timaru College. and Temuka HS
Zita Waldeon b. 1934 Dannervirke. Took art classes at Aoraki Polytechnic.
Colin Vernon Wheeler born in Dunedin in 1919
Lived for a period in Christchurch before settling in Oamaru and established a reputation in the 1960s for his paintings of New Zealand farm scenes. He painted "Blue Cliffs woolshed and drafting race" 1970 that is used for the dust jack for "Blue Cliffs" by A.E. Woodhouse. His career has span sixty years. He trained first at the Canterbury School of Art and then at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London. Mackenzie Roundup "More of Our Favourites" the second book by Jenny Rayne published in 1992 includes sketches by Colin and all proceeds are invested in the Mackenzie District Education Trust. The Forrester Gallery, in a fine historic limestone building, in Oamaru includes works by Colin Wheeler. In 1996 Colin was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition, An Otago Odyssey: Six Decades at the Gallery. Colin Wheeler moved to Oamaru in 1951 to become Art Master at Waitaki Boys' High School. He resigned from teaching in 1969 in order to write and paint full time. He has painted murals, written and illustrated a book on South Island sheep stations and staged numerous exhibitions. Oamaru has an abundant of Victorian architecture and limestone buildings. Wheeler has devoted time to painting the scenes around town in at least 60 paintings, Small Town Seen in 2000. His favourite subject matter includes buildings, e.g. Craighead Chapel, the landscape and related activities and his well-known books chronicling the old sheep stations of New Zealand reflect this interest.
Colin Wheeler painted a hugely popular series. The first three books were commissioned by the publisher A.H. and A.W. Reed. The research for these became both a labour of love and an odyssey with both he and his wife traveling for up to twelve months at a time, staying at the old homesteads that he portrayed.
1. Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island, 1968
2. Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island. Second series.1971
3. Historic Sheep Stations of the North Island, 1973
4. Historic Sheep Stations of New Zealand 96 p., 16p. of plates: Maps on lining papers. Hb large format. Includes material from Historic sheep stations of the South Island, 2 v., published 1968-1971, and Historic sheep stations of the North Island, published 1973, with some new material. Illustrations of 67 stations, with brief descriptions and historical notes. Includes index. Mt Linton, Blue Cliffs, St James, Mt White, Cecil Peak, Mt Algidus, Mesopotamia, Mt Peel, Molesworth, White Rock, Godley Peaks
5. Historic Sheep Stations of New Zealand 275 p. : ill. maps. Published in 1989 by Beckett, Auckland.
Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island.
Publisher: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1968, Hardback. DJ. 72pg, 96pg. Large pictorial,
sketches and illustrations of the farms and the peoples lifestyle. All
illustrations by author, 20 stations described including history with b&w
drawings and a magnificent print in full colour tipped in per station, plan at
rear showing stations' locations. Each station has its own special aura and
personality, compounded from the characters of the men -- owners and station
hands -- who have worked there; from the stock, the access, the prevailing
weather; and, above all, from the noble mountains that dominate the scene.
Historic Sheep Stations of the North Island (ISBN:0589007513) Wheeler, Colin A H and A W Reed, Wellington, 1973. 104pp, illustrated by the author with full-page colour illustralions, line drawings, sketches, location maps. Twenty properties were visited in 1971 and 1972 and to each is devoted 'one full-colour painting with special atmosphere portrayed in a series of delightful biro sketches, a mode of expression that is the author's particular strength.' A companion volume to the author's previous work on the South Island's sheep stations.
Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island. Second series. 1971 Hardback. DJ.
*The South Canterbury stations
Mount Linton Glenaray Cecil Peak Galloway West Wanaka Lake Hawea Morven Hills Kuriheka Hakataramea* Blue Cliffs* Glentanner* Lilybank* Mount Algidus Coldstream Mount White Lake Haupiri Saint James Upcot Langley Dale Port Ligar
Godley Peaks Oil on board.
Four Peaks Oil on board
Cattle Muster on Lake Hawea oil on board
Landscape near Benmore 1966
Road to Mt Cook oil 1966
Mackenzie Country 1970
Banks of Pareora and Mt Nimrod 39.5 x 49.5cm (value $2,500 -4,000) in 2017.
Godley Peaks by Colin Wheeler
Kingdom in the Hills 1930s Canterbury ? David McLeod
Hardback with dustjacket. 223 pages with many b&w photographs. Life in the magnificent high country of Canterbury in the South Island. His domain consists of two historic sheep runs, Grassmere Station and adjoining Cora Lynn ? over 60,000 acres of mountain basins, tussock hillsides and river flats in the gorge country of the Upper Waimakariri. This beautiful realm became his when in 1930 he bought the two runs in partnership with C. L. Orbell. In this book the author vividly records what it was like to take up a property at the beginning of a great economic collapse ? 1930s. Chapter title drawings by Colin Wheeler. NZ glossary for sheep dogs, seep, plants and trees and general!
Jessie C. Wigley 1881 -1968
On 15 June 1910 at Timaru, Rodolph Lysaght Wigley married Jessie Christie Grant, daughter of Alexander and Ellen Grant, runholders in the Mackenzie Country. In 1913 Jessie designed the company's lily motif after the giant mountain buttercup (incorrectly called the Mount Cook 'lily'.) Mrs Wigley was well known in the art circles for her watercolours of South Canterbury. Alexander Grant b. 1830 in Stirling, Scotland, purchased 'Grays Hills' in April 1881 and increased the size of the station to 60,000 acres. He and his wife retired to Timaru and had a home built, the Aigantighe, on two acres. James Grant, their son, presented the home, gardens and art collection to the citizens of Timaru in 1955. Many of her paintings are in private collections.
Oliver Gillespie's South Canterbury A Record of Settlement; 1958 there is a b/w photo of Old Stone Bridge, Washdyke by J.C. Wigley about 1954, page 273 water-colour painting
Pleasant Valley, Geraldine 1953 watercolour 30 x 42 cm
Washdyke, South Canterbury 1953 watercolour 28x38cm
Towards the Sea, Timaru, 1953 watercolour 285 x 440mm
Gum Trees, Washdyke, 1954, watercolour, unmounted 38x51cm
Arrowtown, Arrow Lane 1953 watercolour 315x500mm
Arrowtown, Buckingham Street, 1953 watercolour 315x500mm
Southland Times May 22 2015 Marjorie Cook. Creative energy. Artist Sally Middleton prefers to paint people.
Wanaka artist Sally Middleton has been painting for about 64 years. The former Queenstown Lakes deputy mayor and bed and breakfast operator plans to sell her Waimana Place home and embark on an odyssey around the countryside in her vintage 1976 caravan. Middleton, 74, is not yet sure where she wants to go - Picton is a possibility because she loves the tramping there - and it could be she even decides to stay in Wanaka long term but in a smaller house with a much smaller garden. Her late husband died last October, so she is ready spread her wings. They were married for 54 years and raised a family of four. Middleton's family has a strong artistic streak. Middleton shared her creativity as a child with her watercolourist grandmother, Jessie Wigley. Sisters Annabel Elworthy and Jo Watson and her daughter Jessica Gunn are also artists. Middleton championed public arts projects during her term as deputy mayor (2004-2007). "While I was on the council I did a BA majoring in humanities and I studied art. That is what got me back into it. I graduated when I was 64," she said. But she did not enjoy her first foray into the artist's world with her prolific grandmother. "The first time I remember, I must have been nine or ten years old and I was sitting in the freezing cold, painting a bridge. That was at Washdyke [near Timaru]." For those unfamiliar with Timaru, it is perhaps useful to explain Washdyke Creek is not a very romantic place. In the early days it was used as a sheep dip. Although Middleton loves the outdoors and has lived for significant periods in caravans or small cottages on the West Coast, at Aoraki/Mt Cook and in Wanaka, painting in the environment holds little appeal. She hopes to raise money so she can downsize, go on more caravaning adventures around the country and do more painting, particularly as she is changing styles and "getting looser" in her water colours. "As long as you are painting, you don't get lonely. I just seem to lose myself."
December 2016. Exhibition of watercolour paintings by Taihape artist Celia Guy - Taihape artist. Eclectic Impressions: Watercolours by Celia Guy - Taihape artist. Talented observer of the world around her. Bright, colourful paintings are representative of a lifetime of painting in a minimalist. Celia Guy was raised on a station in the McKenzie Country where life was ruled by snow and floods. As a youth, Celia enjoyed skating, skiing, horse-riding, and many family activities, especially picnics. After boarding school, she attended Ilam School of Arts in Christchurch with additional art tutoring by her mother and grandmother, both accomplished artists in their own right. Following her studies at Ilam, she trained as a Karitane Nurse. Celia married a North Island farmer and lived at Brunswick, Wanganui, Mangaweka, Mataroa and later at Taihape, raising three sons and a daughter. While living in mostly rural settings, Celia still managed to involve herself with community art groups and continued to paint at every opportunity. Family, piano exams and dressage on a Hanoverian horse took time but Celia still kept up with painting and sketching potential subject matter for later work. Celia comments; I have my own art studio; living in a beautiful farming country west of Highway 1 only 15kms from Taihape, we are 600 metres above sea level and winters can be cold - a regular reminder of my McKenzie upbringing! Paintings in oils, watercolour, gouache, pastel or egg tempera, Mrs. Guy's subjects vary from portraits to landscapes, buildings to flowers, animals to spectacular sunsets. This versatile artist has not limited her subject matter; she is most well-known for her simplistic depiction of life in the high country of the Rangitikei and the South Island areas of the Banks Peninsula, Tekapo, Mt. Cook, Wanaka and Queenstown. Although a realist in her art practice she does not shy away from including abstracted forms in her works making them unique visual presentations. Celia s family was instrumental in the establishment of the Aigantighe Art Gallery in South Canterbury; her great-grandmother Helen Grant (1854-1955) left Aigantighe historic home to the people of Timaru and Grant's daughter Jessie Wigley and grand-daughter Margaret Parker (Celia Guy's mother) were instrumental in developing the house as an art gallery in 1956 as Mrs. Grant had wished. Paintings by Celia's mother and grandmother form part of the early collection of this renowned South Island gallery celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Feb. 1974 The Journal of Canterbury Society of Arts No. 53 J. Margaret Parker wrote:
I have always been interested in painting and the graphic side of it; and from leading a very full country life I have now started to draw again -anything that crosses my path, wood pigeons, men at work, mountains in a storm or rabbits that the cat puts at my feet. Every moment is valuable and I try to capture each as it comes, Tekapo and Fairlie are within twenty miles of here with tremendous subjects and a history in the making. I have done four years at the School of Art in Christchurch doing the Diploma course and have taught at the Adult Education Dept., published a book for children with all the pictures in block work and taught landscape at Timaru College. I go down to Timaru each Thursday for a working day there. Pottery all day and graphic art at night and get back to Mt. Dalgety at about 10 p.m. The Art Gallery in Timaru was my mother's home, so we naturally, as a family, interested in painting and its well being in South Canterbury.
Celia was raised on a station in the Mackenzie Country, there was always art on the walls. Her mother's and her grandmother's, as well as other notable painters of the time. Art was valued, cherished and encouraged. It was part of the family. The weather was another ruling force in Guy's early life. She would skate on a frozen lagoon in the winter and swim among dragonflies in the summer. She remembers living between the McKenzie and Hakataramea passes, where the men had to round up the stock on hardy ponies, staying in mustering huts as they went. "We had a wonderful life in the high country, we really did. It was more exciting being at home than being in boarding school." Her love of horses and skill in the dressage and show jumping ring meant she got to stay home longer than her siblings, not going to Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru until she was 13.
Aigantighe Art Gallery celebrates diamond jubilee with family descendants. September 1 2016 Timaru Herald
Helen Grant used to fill her house with flowers for dinner parties. These days the house is filled with art. The Aigantighe Art Gallery is marking its 60th anniversary with a series of exhibitions showcasing aspects of its history, including works bequeathed when it was gifted as a public art gallery and gardens to Timaru by the Grant family in 1956. Helen Grant's great-granddaughter, Annabel Elworthy, remembers her as a "straight-backed, dignified woman". Grant lived in the former private residence, built in 1908, with husband Alexander. A "gracious" woman, she would fill the house with flowers when they had dinner parties, and give them to guests as they left. And the staff: "Cooks, gardeners, and goodness knows what." It was her wish to see the home and grounds donated to the people of Timaru, Elworthy said. The gallery opened to the public following Helen's death, aged 101, and featured a collection donated by the Grant family and the South Canterbury Arts Society. Elworthy's grandmother, Jessie Wigley, was the daughter of Helen and Alexander Grant and sister to James. Wigley was a "passionate" artist and musician who was interested in fostering arts in Timaru, Elworthy said. However, she was not well known as an artist as she did not exhibit many of her works and was "modest". For the diamond anniversary exhibition Elworthy had lent the gallery some of Wigley's work, as well as diaries. The jubilee also coincided with Friends of Aigantighe's ruby anniversary, established in 1976. The outside of the house had "pretty much" been kept in original condition. About 15 or more descendants would be attending the opening, including Patty Wigley, daughter-in-law of Jessie Wigley, who was the "last of their generation". Art Gallery manager Cara Fitzgerald said the exhibition would showcase a "mix" of paintings, from Victorian-era English artists to New Zealand artists. The focus was on the original bequests, Cara Fitzgerald said. Many of the Victorian works reflected a time when New Zealand wanted to be "more English than the English". Prolific Timaru painter William Greene, whose work is included in the collection, is one of those examples. He painted the landscape "to make it reflect England".
Autumn Poplars by Angela Gunn.1990. Acrylic on canvas. Another painting.
Cora Wilding, 1888- 1982
Cora Hilda Blanche Wilding d/o Frederick and Julia Wilding - Christchurch
Merinos, Mackenzie Country
Autumn, Tekapo River
Mt Cook, from Tekapo
Autumn, Lake Tekapo
The natural scenery of South Canterbury is bold and beautiful.
Keith Wilson b. 1921
Born in Auckland. WWII. In 1955 appointed manager of the Timaru branch of the NZ Insurance Co. Served as president of the South Canterbury Art Society.
Water colour artist, born and raised in Timaru and as can be
expected, knows the area well. He returns to the area very regularly and of
course his art kit is always on hand. He has painted all his life, since a
child, and went on to become a signwriter. Peter is a member of Watercololur NZ,
and the NZ Academy of Fine Arts. He mainly does watercolours although does have
some oil paintings of the area. In 2013 he opened a gallery and studio at his
residential address in Porirua, Wellington. Open by appointment during the day.
He has a lot of watercolours of the Mackenzie Country, Tekapo, and South
Canterbury. In the main, Peter is an En Plein Air painter and prefers to paint
from sketches done on location,
however he does paint from photographs and I uses plenty of 'artistic licence' as photos remain a distant guide only. Has a blog. Article.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo,
Near Burkes Pass
Mist under the mountains, Mt Cook (Aoraki)
Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Lake Pukaki
High Country Muster, MacKenzie Country
The Cook House, Meikleburn, MacKenzie Country
Lindis Pass, North Otago
W. Toss Woollaston 1910-1998
Woollaston, one of the country's best-known landscape artists, died in 1998. W. Toss Woollaston 1910-1998 was a regular visitor to the Aigantighe and the museum has two of his paintings. A landscape painter with a modern approach featuring bold areas of calligraphic brushwork and strong colouring so landscape forms merge. He exhibited in Christchurch in 1936 when he lived in Nelson. First exhibited in Christchurch with The Group in 1936. He says he came from the backwoods into an academic orbit and was suffocating there when a Group show and revived! Retired again to the country but exhibited regularly. bio Sage Tea; an autobiography by Toss Woollaston. Soft cover, 268 pages. Reprinted in 2001. Published by Te Papa Press.
Ben Woollcombe - Ben's Art
Ben has been painting
professionally for the past thirty years. While favouring watercolours, from
time to time he also works with oil paints and charcoal. Living with his family
in Peel Forest, South Canterbury, Ben is spoiled for choice with the wild,
powerful landscapes on his doorstep. Ben enjoys painting 'plein air' giving his
work a particularly special quality. In addition to landscape painting, he also
enjoys painting portraits, life drawings and still-life. Clearly influenced by
Peel Forest artist AA Deans.
Big & Little Mt Peel
Lone Pine & Mt. Peel
South Ridge Mt Peel
Mt. Walker 2006
Devil's Peak - backdrop to Geraldine
Waihi Peak - snow on flats
Four Peaks 1988. Watercolour. 240mm x 345mm.
Little Mt Peel with Devil's Peak, 2014
South Canterbury artists : a retrospective view, 3 February-11 March 1990. Aigantighe Art Gallery in association with South Canterbury Arts Society, ?1990 69 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. Includes biographical notes on artists. Includes catalogue of works.
Hint: When ordering a second hand book ask if it comes with the dust jacket and endpapers. Sometimes the DJ and maps are removed for framing. Many books on local history have dust jackets with a photograph of a fine watercolour or oil painting.
Hint: The Antiques Roadshow Phenomenon is not an unknown phenomenon. On the Antiques Roadshow there was an episode where they removed the nails holding a painting into its frame and found another, older painting or lithograph print behind it. People would reuse cardboard from older works to brace newer ones. As a backing board for the oil painting it probably protected the print from the ravages of time and the print is probably worth more than the painting.
"The high country still echoes with the mythologies of the high country pastoral pioneers, a lifestyle that has been captured by artists Colin Wheeler and Peter McIntyre, and writers from Samuel Butler to James K. Baxter. It is part of this nation's heritage, a history of nor'westers, woolsheds, cribs and camp ovens which is still a vital part of the South Island story." SB 2004
Kids as artists - water and walks.
The Kelliher: This volume gathers together the 67 Kelliher Award winning paintings, the work of 39 of New Zealand's most popular artists from 1956 to1977. Including Peter McIntyre, Douglas Badcock, Colin Wheeler, Austin Deans and Owen Lee.
As our country changes so naturally does the music, literature and arts created to celebrate it. In the early days we relied on ideas from Britain and America and slowly it became much more about our own identity. Photographers, painters, and singers all look to their landscape and the people in it for inspiration. Environmental awareness had bought a new fragility to the arts. We used to perceive the world as something we could not change. Now we are intensely aware of just how fragile it is and what we have done to it, said Professor Colin Gibson, at Timaru, 22 July 2007.
Through Fifty Year: South Canterbury Art Society by R. D. J. Collins. Hardback. Publisher: Hocken Library. 54 pages.
The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists,
by Kate McGahey.
Auction House, WTN prices realised
Timaru Herald, 28 March 1891, Page 2
The oil paintings by Mr W. Ferrier which are to be disposed of by art union, are on view at the shop of Mr. Radcliffe (Beswick street) who has framed them handsomely. The pictures are twelve in number, and comprise several views of Timaru harbour, from different standpoints, with shipping. These in our opinion are the best of the series, Others are views of Mount Cook, near and distant, and of bush and water scenes. The winner of any one of these will secure an excellent prize for a trifle, and the best ones are each worth a good deal, as works of art, while the fact that the subjects ore local adds very much indeed to their value.
The Press 31 Oct. 2008
Christchurch art institution Fishers Galleries (formerly Fishers Fine Arts) is closing its gallery after 138 years in business. Managing director John Fisher at first refused to comment yesterday, except to say, "You got the result you wanted and I hope Christchurch is pleased with it". The letter says the gallery in Victoria Street, central Christchurch, will close on Christmas Eve because it is no longer viable. The company would move into virtual space. We believe that with a dedicated online presence and an established stable of artists combined with two bi-annual site-specific exhibitions that we can continue to promote our artists and keep you up to date with the latest developments in the New Zealand art market," it says. "I will be retiring as the managing director but will remain semi-active within the art consultancy side of the business and handle any major re-sale and secondary market artworks." Fisher is the fifth generation of Canterbury Fishers in the art business. The firm's first gallery was established in 1870 in High Street, Christchurch, and sold paintings and provided a framing and restoration service. Geraldine artist John Badcock, whose paintings were displayed and sold by Fishers, said the closure was sad as Fishers was the Ballantynes of the art world in Canterbury. "The Fishers name has always been a full-on name in Christchurch, whether it be good or bad, but that can go with any business in town," he said. "It's a sad loss for any city to lose an old historic name like that. "It's a knock for landscape, middle-range art in Christchurch. They obviously had a fair ambition with the gallery, but it didn't work. It just didn't seem to get enough people through it." Denise Bryce, of the Bryce Gallery in Riccarton, said it hurt to see an art gallery closing. The arts scene was changing as the economy contracted, she said, with galleries closing in Auckland and Wellington.
Grahame Sydney said the Mackenzie Basin held "a powerful grip on the imaginations, emotions and memories" August 2010
It is often more economical to buy one large painting
instead of three small paintings.
When you have got a story around the painting, it adds value. History appeals to art collectors.
The back of a picture will often tell you more than the front, sometimes. Look for gallery labels.
Thos. Bowkett practical picture frame maker, art dealer and artist colourman, Assembly Rooms opp. ______ Timaru
Paintings in Timaru - Aigantighe
The Aigantighe Art Gallery, a public art museum, owned by the Timaru District Council, established in 1956 has a rich collection of New Zealand works. South Canterbury historic and contemporary art holdings includes works by Ainslie Manson, Rick Lucas, Sandie Davies, Mike Armstrong, Mike Deavoll, Polly Rowe, Trudy Mulligan, Peter McIntyre, Margriet Windhausen, Trevor Askin, Wayne Seyb, Christeena MacDonald, Anne Chapman and Pat Foster.
Paintings for sale in Timaru.
York St. Gallery of Fine Art. It closes at 3 p.m. 21 York St.
Saffron Gallery of Art 325 Pages Rd, Timaru. Find it.
The South Canterbury Museum have around 140 paintings but this includes
small sketches, unframed works, etc. in the Museum's collections as of March
2017 many are not of particularly great artistic merit, but they do depict
something of interest to us. Many of these would be regarded as amateur,
as in not painted by trained artists. They have exhibited some of their
paintings in the past, and will do so again. Painted Memories from our
region's past, exhibit from 15th Feb. 2019 to 28th April 2019. Many
depict local streetscapes, buildings or coastal scenes. They mostly depict local
historical scenes e.g.
1. A painting by William Green in 1899 depicts William Grant's wagon of wheat behind a six-horse team in Old North Road, Timaru. The original is in the South Canterbury Museum.
2. There is a Duncan Darroch original Mt. Cook.
3. Watercolour of Timaru Harbour by William Ferrier.
4. A oil painting of Mt. Cook by J Douglas Perret 1896.
5. The old Tekapo suspension bridge, watercolour.
6. The Evans Mill
7. Parr's Windmill, Timaru
8. Elizabeth Baird Friberg's (nee Luxton) painting of the old Takapo House at Lake Tekapo.
9. Betsy McKenna donated an 1888 oil painting depicting the Stafford Street-George Street corner in featuring the Club Hotel to the South Canterbury Museum in 1966. Her family had the Club Hotel at one stage and this picture was on the wall at the end of the main or Mckenna family table. The painting as may have spent some time in the bar area as well as the dinning room!
11. Elmsdale House, painted in 1895 by E.A. LeCren. This house belonged to the artist parents and was situated on what is now Selwyn St., by the campground.
12. A Timaru harbour scene in the 1960s by Joan Forsyth.
13. The wreck of the Benvenue and City of Perth in 1882, watercolour by Arthur L. Haylock. April 1882.
14. The City of Cashmere aground north of Dashing Rocks, watercolour by Arthur L. Haylock. Jan. 1882.
No Red Dot
Lovely she thought
no red dot.
Gallery is happy,
buyer is happy
and artist is happy.
Image gallery "SOLD"!
No Red Dot.
We need more red dots in this world.
Geraldine is a small town that actively supports the
arts. There are art groups in the area and art events e.g. Geraldine Arts &
Plants Festival has been held annually since 1988 mid weekend in November.
Walk around town anytime of the year and you can find beautiful church
banners and quilts e.g. at the Resource Centre, the
library, even at the Geraldine Funeral Services, 186 Talbot St. An active
club. The local area churches have "treasures
in glass and wood", fine stain glass
windows and beautiful wood carving and fonts. The Geraldine Museum has paintings mainly pertaining
to local scenes, artists and people e.g. the first [totara] bark hut that
Samuel Hewlings lived in. They have examples of work by John Badcock, Audrey
Durant, E.S. Ashby, Ellen Tripp, Constance Barker and Aston Greathead. Also
in Geraldine in 2019:
McAtamney Gallery opened 22 Jan. 2011 occupying the upstairs space of the Old Post Office Building on Talbot Street, Geraldine. The art here is modern and contemporary art. Also has paintings from the secondary market.
Susan Badcock Studio back of the old Post Office, 47 Talbot St., Geraldine.
Another gallery just across the road is Merivale Arts gallery, opened in 2016. This is the most recent art gallery opened in Geraldine and has a variety of paintings to look at and to buy. The contact for this gallery is Don Goulter 027 833-6506.
The Cottage Pantry gallery is located just off the main street on Wilson Street. The gallery hosts exhibitions from local schools as well as many art pieces from distinguished artists such as Richard Bolton, Diana Peneamene, Henry Lowen-Smith and John Badcock.
The artist Henry Lowen-Smith is also located on the top side of Geraldine on the way into or out of town, depending what direction you are heading.
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Very often a sale is based on a connection to the district, a family friend or even a student of the artist. Rather than reading critiques of art in order to decide what they like, people should make decisions for themselves. People are generally pretty aware of what they like, and they've got to be true to themselves. A lot more composition goes into painting scenes and landscapes than some people think. The true test of a painting's worth is whether or not it stands the test of time.
May 2012. When Wayne Edgerton broke his arm in 1994 he had no idea boredom would lead to a new career. After a week of recuperation it became too much for him, so he decided to buy some paints and pick up a brush. The self-taught painter is working fulltime as an artist and owns a gallery to display his work in Tuatapere. "If I don't like it, I will never finish it and 30-odd per cent of what I paint, I destroy it." Wayne Edgerton is a firm believer that one does not sell artwork, people buy it. "You should be passionate about it. If you are doing it for money, you are doing it for the wrong reason. The passion has got to be in it, otherwise it shows it is not. It is not something you can force. This is one of the reasons Edgerton does not tend to paint commissioned work. Family farms he will paint, copying details from a photograph or visiting the site, but he is hesitant to paint other scenes requested by people. There was a risk that the scene would not look the way the person saw it when he had completed it, he said, and he had turned down about 90 per cent of offers for commissioned work."
Going For A Song
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