Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 – 1996
Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery
September 19th to 22nd November 2015
The James Wallace Arts Trust is proud to present Woollaston: The Wallace Arts Trust Collection, 1931 – 1996.
The Wallace Arts Trust holds a remarkable collection of works by Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston. Born in rural Taranaki in 1910, long and famously resident in the Nelson district, knighted in 1979 for services to the arts, Toss Woollaston was the veteran of the longest, toughest and best-fought battle for recognition ever won by a New Zealand painter against the resistance of an ambivalent Kiwi public. From the early 1930s he led the struggle to gain acceptance for modern art in New Zealand, and through his life and work inspired generations of new artists to follow his example.
In 1995 the James Wallace Arts Trust acquired an unparalleled collection of works of art by Woollaston, then widely acknowledged as New Zealand’s greatest living painter. The group of works included paintings and drawings representing high points in the artist’s achievement over six decades of his career from 1931 to 1994. Following this magnificent acquisition the Trust continued to acquire key works by Woollaston, including major late works, compiling what was in Woollaston’s own assessment the most comprehensive representation of his oeuvre held together in any single collection.
For more information about this truly stunning national touring exhibition and the wonderful new Toss Woollaston publication please visit the following website: