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Woollaston 101


Wed 20 Feb 2013, 9:00am–8:00pm
Thu 21 Feb 2013, 9:00am–8:00pm
Fri 22 Feb 2013, 9:00am–8:00pm
Sat 23 Feb 2013, 9:00am–8:00pm
Sun 24 Feb 2013, 9:00am–8:00pm

Where: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult museum admission: $18.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Sir Mountford Tosswill "Toss" Woollaston (11 April 1910 – 30 August 1998) was one of the most important New Zealand painters of the 20th century.

Born in Taranaki in 1910, Woollaston studied art at the Canterbury School of Art in Christchurch, and later moved to Nelson.

In 1979 Toss Woollaston gifted 101 works on paper from his collection to The Suter Art Gallery (Nelson), in appreciation of the gallery’s work for the Nelson community. The selection was made by The Suter’s then director, Austin Davies, and it was the artist’s wish that the collection was referred to as: ‘The Toss Woollaston, Austin Davies one-oh-ones’.

The title of this exhibition plays on the common title for first year university courses ‘101’ as well as the number of works gifted by the artist.

Woollaston 101 is a comprehensive representation of Woollaston’s mind at work and is distinguished by its focus on portraiture and figure studies. It also includes watercolour landscapes and some of his large studio oils for which the artist was perhaps best known.

He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1979, being the first New Zealander to be knighted for his services to art.

This unique exhibition opens at Rotorua Museum on 1 December 2012 and runs until 24 February 2012.

Adult entry into Rotorua Museum is $18. Rotorua residents receive free admission with proof of ID.

Image credits:
Toss Woollaston, View from Takaka Hill, 1976. Courtesy The Suter Art Gallery.
Toss Woollaston, Takaka Valley, 1961. Courtesy The Suter Art Gallery.

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