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Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston

Born, 1910 in Taranaki, New Zealand. Died, 1998

From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977): “Born in Tarnaki, New Zealand. Mainly self-taught, he spent two terms at Canterbury School of Art, Christchurch, but decided he was not temperamentally suited to the course of instruction. However, the 1932 Group Show at the Durham Street Art Gallery was a considerable stimulation, especially the work of Robert N Field. Earning a living from his brush was impossible but between periods of work in orchards he was painting and drawing; reproductions of paintings by Cézanne were the object of admiration. In 1934 he became a pupil of Flora Scales who had studied in Munich under Hans Hofmann; Woolaston’s appreciation and understanding of Cézanne, even if at third hand, became deeper. In 1936 his first one-man showing was held in Dunedin and his long relationship with Colin McCahon began. In 1958 and 1960 he received fellowships from the federation of New Zealand Art Societies and the grants enabled him to visit Australia where he exhibited in Melbourne. In 1962 he was granted a bursary by the Government’s Arts Advisory Council and travelled to Europe and the United States of America.”

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