Hohonu and Taratama, Westland; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1961; 497


Hohonu and Taratama, Westland

About this object

An expressive and colourful watercolour drawing of two Westland mountain ranges, the Hohonu and Taratama, which are bisected by the Taramakau River.



Date Made


Medium and Materials

Watercolour and pencil on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Westland/Hohonu

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Westland/Tara Tama

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston lived in Greymouth between 1949 and 1968. Although an active member of the Westland Art Society, Woollaston felt that the Greymouth public underappreciated his work and to the majority of the town he simply retained his image as the door to door Rawleigh's salesman.

Woollaston struggled with the dark and brooding West Coast scenery and made regular trips back to the Tasman area to paint landscapes, but there is also a substantial body of West Coast works. Woollaston described his watercolour painting as "a rapid medium for striking quickly – while the iron is hot, so to speak – and so I like it best in summer, when what is put down dries at once and can take more, almost as fast as I can think."

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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