Master painter on show

Last updated 14:51 11/12/2013
Jacqui Clayton, left, and Barbara Lawson
Church in East Takaka.

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An exhibition featuring works by Toss Woollaston, painted between 1959 and 1995, is currently showing at The Gallery at Woollaston Estate. Curated by Jill Trevelyan and Chris Cane, the 28 works in From North to South - Toss Woollaston Landscapes range in media from oils to works on paper.

Although Woollaston is best known for his landscapes of Nelson, where he lived for most of his life, he also painted throughout New Zealand, from Auckland to Queenstown.

"Everywhere he travelled, he took a sketch pad," writes Trevelyan. "He drew indoors and outdoors, in cars, hotels, a friend's kitchen - anywhere a subject captured his interest."

"The works in this exhibition reveal the marvellous energy and assurance of Toss's art, and his ability to distill an impression of a landscape in a few quick lines and brushstrokes."

Dominating the selection is the Taranaki region, where he was born in 1910.

All his life, Woollaston was drawn back to the ‘far-away hills' of his childhood, and his favourite subject, Bayly's Hill.

"You never get to the end of a subject if you paint it all your life," Woollaston remarked. "You get far more out of it the longer you work at it."

Also included are images of Greymouth, where Woollaston and his family lived from 1949 to 1968. Pieces in this exhibition are from the Toss Woollaston Trust Collection; further works from stock can be viewed on request. All works are for sale.

  • From North to South, Toss Woollaston Landscapes, The Gallery at Woollaston, 243 Old Coach Rd, RD1 Upper Moutere, Nelson, to February 14, 2014.

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