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Ruth D. Browne - Retrospective


2 February - 18 February 2016

When Ruth Browne attended the Canterbury College School of Art in 1926, she was awarded all available scholarships and finally the bronze medal. When she left New Zealand for London in 1931 to study at the Slade School of Art, Ruth Browne was awarded her certificate in one year instead of the usual three. So it would be safe to say that her creative ability and passion for painting was evident from the start.

In 1934, Ruth Browne’s return to New Zealand and her move to the Franz Josef Glacier marked the beginning of a highly productive creative period during which she showed great fortitude in supporting herself and her young son Michael by sales of her landscapes and portraits.

In the 50s and 60s Ruth Browne’s attention turned in a radical new direction. She became fascinated by the possibility of reductionism, in landscape abstraction, and in pure abstract painting. She is credited with having exhibited, in 1960, the first abstract ever to be shown at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.

1968 was a remarkable year, the culmination of her interest in abstraction, in which she was driven to create 34 ‘poured’ acrylic paintings some of which form the larger part of this exhibition. Organic, rhythmic and full of intuitive spontaneity, this beautiful and intelligent body of work unconsciously references Polynesian myth and art as well as the sinews, fossils and fronds of the natural world.


Art from the Heart

20 February - 28 March 2016

“Art from the Heart" is all about artists and the work they love to make.

This is an invitation to all artists to start planning and thinking, to prepare to participate in a very exciting project.

Listed in the catalogue and spanning the International Festival of Arts 2016, the NZ Academy of Fine Arts will stage an exhibition showcasing NZ artists and crafts-people, exhibiting work that expresses their personal creative approach, and revealing the process of making it.


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