Riwaka Wharf; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 524


Riwaka Wharf

About this object

A watercolour painting in rich yellow tones describing a small red roofed building seemingly perched at the edge of a wall. Behind the house, the shoreline curves to the left with a mountain range in the background.



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Medium and Materials

Watercolour on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/Tasman/Riwaka

Subject and Association Description

Toss Woollaston’s return to Riwaka in 1968 meant a return to the old haunts that had always inspired him. He spent much time painting throughout the region where he had first discovered his vocation. He wrote of his new home; “We have moved into the sun … Fine open space, hills to look up to westward, and far off mountains southward” (Trevelyan, 2004, p.337).

Woollaston described his watercolour painting as "a rapid medium for striking quickly – while the iron is hot, so to speak – and so I like it best in summer, when what is put down dries at once and can take more, almost as fast as I can think" (Barnett, 1991, p.77).

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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