Figure in Landscape, Greymouth; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1967; 507


Figure in Landscape, Greymouth

About this object

A thickly painted figure study; the figure appears to be lying naked and clutching a cushion (to their chest). They are positioned in a textured area, with a mountain range in the background.



Date Made


Medium and Materials

Chinese white watercolour, brush, ink and pencil on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

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 bringing 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.

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).

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

Object Type

Mixed Media

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