John Walsh ; Carol Montgomery; 1988; 2014.012


John Walsh

About this object

John Walsh has been painting seriously since the 1970's, only recently emerging as a significant figure in New Zealand art. Of Te Aitanga a Hauiti and Irish descent, his art encompasses both Māori and Pākehā traditions. Walsh attended the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, but is largely self-taught. He first specialised with figurative imagery, portraying people he knew around the East Coast region. His mythological landscapes and figures slowly emerged as a constant in his works. In 1993, he moved to Wellington to an appointment as curator of contemporary Māori art at Te Papa.

Carol Montgomery, a fellow East Coaster, trained at Ardmore Teachers' Training College before taking night art classes at Gisborne Boys' High School. She was a member of the Gisborne-based Flying Moas Art Cooperative, which included John Walsh. It was during this time that this drawing came about, as Walsh stepped in to stand as a life model,after someone else had failed to show up. In its confidence and directness, this drawing seems to anticipate something of promise that the subject would later show in his own paintings.


Carol Montgomery

Date Made


Medium and Materials

Pastel on Paper

Inscription and Marks

CM lower right corner


420 X 300 mm

Subject and Association Description

John Walsh

Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Carol Montgomery 26 Mar 2020 04:25 AM,UTC

As the artist, I would like to make a correction. The drawing, not painting, of John Walsh came about because he was present at the life drawing group as an artist and offered to pose when the model failed to show up.


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