Grey River; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1967; 477

Name/Title

Grey River

About this object

A view of the Grey River, on the West Coast of the South Island, with a hilly range in the background.

Maker

Toss WOOLLASTON

Date Made

1967

Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Place Made

Greymouth

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/River

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston spent the 1950s and most of the 1960s living in Greymouth. He moved to the West Coast to take up a position as the Rawleigh's salesman and this is what dominated his life while there. He found the landscapes of the West Coast very different to work with in comparison to Riwaka. He approached the task with optimism, saying, "The bush landscape mops up pure colours almost without any white - it's like a deep-toned bell, you strike it and there are endless vibrations without a sharp - but that is the poetry of it" (Letter to Edith, 13 December 1949, in Barnett, 1991; p.59).

1967 was the last year that Toss Woollaston lived in Greymouth. In 1966 he signed Peter McLeavey as his dealer and was finally able to concentrate on producing artworks while bring in a comfortable income. By 1968 the Woollastons had enough money set aside that they moved back to Riwaka and the landscapes that Woollaston found so stimulating. Although Woollaston struggled with the dark and brooding West Coast scenery, and preferred the Tasman area, there is a substantial body of West Coast works.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

Object Type

Painting

Object number

477

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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