Westland Landscape, Greymouth; Toss WOOLLASTON; 458


Westland Landscape, Greymouth

About this object

A pencil landscape sketch with colour notations and two thumbnail compositions in the top right corner. The view describes a hilly landscape with a group of buildings in the mid-ground.



Medium and Materials

Pencil on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords

Landscapes/Regional landscapes

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston spent the 1950s and most of the 1960s living in Greymouth. He moved to the West Coast to take up a position as the Rawleigh's salesman and this is what dominated his life while there. He found the landscapes of the West Coast very different to work with in comparison to Riwaka. He approached the task with optimism, saying, "The bush landscape mops up pure colours almost without any white - it's like a deep-toned bell, you strike it and there are endless vibrations without a sharp - but that is the poetry of it, don't imagine my painting is like that, it's awful. When I settle down from the excitement of the new occupation I'll better be able to grapple with painting here" (Letter to Edith, 13 December 1949, in Barnett, 1991; p.59).

During this period in Greymouth Woollaston's reputation slowly but steadily grew until, by the late 1960s, he was making a steady income from his art alone. This allowed him to return to live amongst the Riwaka landscapes.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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