Drawing, 'Mataura Valley Suite #4'; Webb, Marilynn; 1995; ESC.95.002


Drawing, 'Mataura Valley Suite #4'

About this object

This piece titled 'Mataura Valley Suite #1' is part of a series by New Zealand artist Marilynn Webb on the Mataura Valley.

In 1994, the Eastern Southland Gallery commissioned a suite of pastels that examined the Mataura River Valley. Marilynn worked closely with the Gore community and was provided with key research material from the Gore Historical Museum. This information outlined the early Māori histories relating to this important early trade route and seasonal food-gathering site. An aerial overview of the river itself was provided courtesy of a vintage de Havilland aircraft that in 1995 took the artist from the source to the mouth of the Mataura.

To complement Marilynn's project, a community tukutuku panel programme was instigated with weaver Anna Gorham (Karetai) and art teacher Karen Taiaroa-Smithies. While Marilynn's 'Mataura' pastels were latterly augmented by watercolours, linoleum engravings, woodcuts and etchings, the original suite was officially unveiled at the Eastern Southland Gallery in 1996.

Artist Biography:
A pioneer of printmaking in New Zealand, Marilynn Webb has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally since the 1960’s. Her tonal, moody prints and pastels reflect the atmosphere of the land and seascapes of Central Otago and Southland on which her work has focused for many years. Marilynn’s work makes us aware that we are always in the landscape, and draws us into the environmental and social issues surrounding it.
Of Ngā Puhi descent, Marilynn Webb was born in Auckland in 1937 and grew up in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty. Her distinguished teaching career has included roles as an art advisor, art teacher and a senior lecturer in printmaking at Dunedin Polytechnic School of Art.
Marilynn’s work is held in many private and public collections in Europe, America, Asia and New Zealand. In 2000 she became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her contribution to art and art education in New Zealand and in 2004 a book was published exploring her career and surveying her work. She lives and works in Dunedin.


Webb, Marilynn

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organic, processed material, vegetal, paper
organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic
inorganic processed material, glass
inorganic, processed material, pigment, pastel

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Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura Valley

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Signed bottom right corner in black: 'Marilynn Webb 95'.


h 865 mm x w 1060 mm x d 30 mm

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Art and Design

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