Evan Lucas, Greymouth; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1967; 500


Evan Lucas, Greymouth

About this object

Head and shoulders portraiture study of a boy, Evan Lucas, reclining against a high-backed chair.



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Medium and Materials

Brush and ink on paper

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Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

Evan Lucas was one of the five boys that lived next door to Edith and Toss Woollaston in Greymouth. The family of brothers were the subjects of many works. This work was completed the last year that Woollaston lived in Greymouth. In 1966 he signed Peter McLeavey as his dealer and was finally able to begin concentrating on producing artworks and bring in a comfortable income. By 1968 the Woollastons had enough money set aside that they moved back to Riwaka.

Portraiture continued as an important element in Woollaston's work and he developed it throughout his career. He stated that he observed the subject, "sometimes for quite a long time, till I find their most natural attitudes and movements. I do not copy their actual physical movements...but I have a rich means of suggesting them - the lean and tilt of the different planes and volumes in contrasting directions..." (Barnett, 1991, p.67). These suggestions of physical appearance and underlying personality were achieved in quick and spontaneous compositions, displaying the dramatic energy of his style.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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