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Frances Hodgkins: A New Zealand Modernist

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frances Hodgkins birth, Jonathan Grant Galleries curated a selection of works, dating from 1893 – 1945, by the esteemed expatriate artist. The exhibition, A New Zealand Modernist, featured 14 works for sale and an extensively researched exhibition catalogue, written by Jonathan Gooderham & Richard Wolfe.

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) is regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading expatriate artists. Her works capture the spirit of an era greatly influenced by Impressionism and the beginnings of en plein air painting, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and two World Wars. With a professional life that spanned fifty-six years, Hodgkins was one of the foremost artists of her generation. During her time in Britain she became one of the leaders of the English avant-garde movement. She travelled extensively and evolved her style from impressionistic watercolours to striking twentieth-century modernist paintings.



DETAILS

Jonathan Grant Galleries| Frances Hodgkins: A New Zealand Modernist | Thursday 30 May - Monday 24 June 2019


— Admission Free
— Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
— Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
— Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

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Hodgkins Paintings One Step Closer to Finding a Permanent Home

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     Proposed Redevelopment  | Parsonson Architects and Tennent + Brown.

Proposed Redevelopment | Parsonson Architects and Tennent + Brown.

MAHARA GALLERY WELCOMES NEW AGREEMENT FOR AN INTERGRATED PUBLIC LIBRARY AND GALLERY SPACE

‘Frances Hodgkins in her studio, Bowen St, Wellington (vintage albumen print) c 1905.'    Courtesy & copyright of the  Field Collection Trust  2016.

‘Frances Hodgkins in her studio, Bowen St, Wellington (vintage albumen print) c 1905.'

Courtesy & copyright of the Field Collection Trust 2016.

A facility combining the Waikanae Public Library and Mahara Gallery is a step closer to becoming reality.

A renewed agreement between the Kapiti Coast District Council, the Mahara Gallery Trust and the Field Collection Trust was signed in the full council meeting last Thursday. The project aims to deliver an integrated facility, and a “distinctive, iconic building”, in Waikanae. The new facility would provide a permanent home for the Field Collection which includes paintings by New Zealand-born artist Frances Hodgkins, her family and associates.

"An upgraded Mahara Gallery would be the "jewel in the crown" of the Council's plans for Waikanae to become a cultural precinct within the Kapiti District. The project has been ranked by the Council as one of its most significant current projects." - The Mahara Gallery Trust Board



THE FIELD COLLECTION PROVIDES KAPITI WITH A NATIONALLY-SIGNIFICANT ART TREASURE

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  Frances Hodgkins, ' A Fortune Teller ,' 1896.   Courtesy & copyright of the   Field Collection Trust,   2016.

Frances Hodgkins, 'A Fortune Teller,' 1896.

Courtesy & copyright of the Field Collection Trust, 2016.

"The Field Collection is a collection of 44 works, 24 of them by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947), considered New Zealand’s most significant expatriate artist. It is the largest collection of Hodgkins' work outside Te Papa and city collections in Dunedin, Auckland, and Christchurch.

The Kapiti connection is the result of Frances’ sister Isabel marrying local land-owner, businessman and MP, William Field.

The collection has been gifted to Mahara Gallery, provided it can provide the infrastructure needed to store and display such an important collection of art works.

Curator and former NZ Portrait Gallery Director Avenal McKinnon says of the Field Collection:

Within this core of twenty-four works is found the essential early Frances Hodgkins from which her later work would spring. … As a collection these paintings should never be underestimated for what they reveal to us about the nature of her beginnings as an artist, her complex relationship with her family – especially her sister Isabel, and the artistic taste of New Zealand during her lifetime.

- Extract from Mahara Gallery. 'Creating a District Art Gallery for the Kapiti Coast.' 



Exhibition Catalogues Available

Our latest exhibition catalogue - Frances Hodgkins: A Singular Artist - is now available for purchase. Also available are two of our previous Frances Hodgkins exhibition catalogues, The Expatriate Years (2012) & Watercolours from Europe (2008).

Frances Hodgkins: A Singular Artist opens Thursday 30 June 2016. Visit our website for more details.