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W.H. Allen & the 'La Trobe' Effect


Tue 29 Sep 2015, 9:00am–9:00pm
Wed 30 Sep 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 1 Oct 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 2 Oct 2015, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 3 Oct 2015, 9:00am–12:00pm

Where: Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This is a major retrospective of artist W.H. Allen who with fellow British painter R.N. Field was brought to Dunedin to teach at the Dunedin School of Art. Their modernism influenced a generation of artists including Colin McCahon and Toss Woollaston. In 2008 Hocken received a significant bequest of more than 80 artworks from his daughter Tui Frowd and now has the most extensive holding of art and archives relating to this artist in the country.

After returning to England in the late 1930s, his art and reputation as a teacher were all but lost and little research has ever been done on his contribution to New Zealand art. Amongst his pupils at the DSA were H.V. Miller and Stewart McLennan, both admired for their skills in printmaking. This exhibition explores Allen’s contribution to art, in particular printmaking in this country, and his teaching of early modernism as well as assessing the trajectory of his own artistic development in relation to that of his English contemporaries.

Image caption: W.H. Allen, Evening light, Anderson’s Bay, Dunedin, 1927, oil on board, 265 x 265mm, Pictorial Collections Acc 72/7 Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago. Dunedin.

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