Lyell Cresswell ; Juliet Peter; 1990; 1990.006


Lyell Cresswell

About this object

Artist, Juliet Peter was born in 1915, and grew up in rural Canterbury. Receiving her education in England, she studied at the Canterbury College School of Art from 1935, and exhibited as part of the Christchurch 'Group,' with friends Rita Angus, Doris Lusk, and Olivia Spencer Bower.

Since 1945, she has been based in Wellington, interrupted only by a few sojourns to England. In Wellington, she worked as an illustrator. In the 1950's, she began making pottery and prints from her home in Ngaio, with Roy Cowan. They exhibited in artist-run spaced and advocated a regional gallery for the city. Peter has long been a fixture in the Wellington art scene. She and her artist husband were central figures in the 1950's and 1960's, inspiring many artists to do what was then considered nearly impossible -- to make their livings as practising artists.

Composer, Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington in 1944. He studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen, and Utrecht. After some teaching at Glasgow University, he joined Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as Music Organiser. He returned to Scotland as Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University, and spent three years as a Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. He's won multiple awards, including the Ian Whyte Award and the ARPA Silver Scroll for his contribution to New Zealand music. His works have were recommended by the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers for a number of years.


Juliet Peter

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Medium and Materials

Oil on Canvas

Inscription and Marks

Juliet Peter 90


Frame; h 98 c 68 cm image; h 80 x 53 w cm

Subject and Association Description

Cresswell, Lyell

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