Painting, 'Miners on the Move'; Moffitt, Gilbert Trevor; 1966; ESC.15.036


Painting, 'Miners on the Move'

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This artwork, titled 'Miners on the Move’, is from New Zealand artist Trevor Moffitt's 'Gold Mining' series. Painted in his bold, direct expressionistic style with a muted colour palette. Simplicity was a feature of Moffitt's art and he used his trademark technique of thickly applied impasto paint and solid tonally modeled forms to convey the messages in his paintings. This painting is referencing his early childhood experience of miners in Waikaia, a gold mining town in Southland, where he spent his early childhood.

Born in 1936, Trevor Moffitt grew up in the rural Southland town of Waikaia in a family that lived through financial hardship during those early childhood years. It was expected that he would leave school to go out and earn another income for the household but Trevor refused and went to art school.

A concern that New Zealand was being painted from a European perspective led him to pursue 'this place' through his own style, which placed importance on people as well as the landscape. While many other New Zealand artists at the time tried to pursue nationalism through landscape Trevor’s interests lay in the relationship of ordinary folk with the landscape.

Trevor died in Christchurch on April 11, 2006. In the lead up to his death, Trevor began to receive national attention for his contribution to New Zealand art and today is considered one of the country’s leading narrative artists.


Moffitt, Gilbert Trevor

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Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Timaru


h 790 mm x w 606 mm x d 40 mm

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Art and Design

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Natural Resources and Mining


Enyth Good Collection

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