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Leonard Victor Mitchell: A Fine Art Exhibition


Tue 17 Apr 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Wed 18 Apr 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Thu 19 Apr 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Fri 20 Apr 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm
Sat 21 Apr 2018, 9:30am–4:00pm

Where: Khandallah Village, 15 Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Mitchell Studios

An exhibition of fine art by one of New Zealand's forgotten artists.

Open 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Born in 1925, Leonard's story began growing up in Ngaio, Wellington. A dedicated artist, by the 1950s he was exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and established as a well sought-after portrait painter.

In 1954 he co-established the Lambton Galleries, Wellington's largest commercial gallery. He completed several commissions for public spaces, including murals at the newly built Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, and won the inaugural Kelliher prize for landscape painting. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

By 1960, encouraged by a fellowship to the Netherlands, and discouraged by the changing New Zealand art scene, Leonard left for Europe, sadly never to return. Settling in England he enjoyed success on the Continent, particularly at the Paris Salon.

Leonard's work is held in the National Collection, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the War Art Collection, Archives New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library.