Painting, 'Watching the NZ Army Team Play Wales'; Moffitt, Gilbert Trevor; 1979;...

Name/Title

Painting, 'Watching the NZ Army Team Play Wales'

About this object

This artwork, titled 'Watching the NZ Army Team Play Wales', is from New Zealand artist Trevor Moffitt's 'My Father' series.

After the death of his father, Bert Moffitt, in 1978, Trevor created the 'My Father' series which follows his father's life from childhood to old age. This journey reflects on Bert as being an observer during his childhood, to becoming an active participant in his life and then, returning to becoming an observer after the death of his wife. This particular piece touches on Bert's time in the military during World War One and is the beginning of Bert being an active participant in his life.

Bert lived the majority of his life in the rural Southland gold mining town of Waikaia, where Trevor grew up. In following Bert's life, Trevor's narrative series is an important reflection on the lives and stories of ordinary working New Zealanders in the 20th-century.

About the Artist:

Born in 1936, Trevor Moffitt grew up in the rural Southland town of Waikaia. His family lived through financial hardship during his childhood and it was expected that he would leave school to go out and earn another income for the household. When Trevor refused and went to art school, his relationship with his father became very strained and the two did not speak for many years.

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 interaction between people and 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.

Maker

Moffitt, Gilbert Trevor

Maker Role

Artist

Date Made

1979

Period

1970s

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, pigment, oil paint
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel?
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic, nylon

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Canterbury, Christchurch

Inscription and Marks

In black paint front top right corner: 'MOFFITT 79'.
Handwritten on the back in black: 'WATCHING THE NZ ARMY TEAM PLAYING WALES'
'NO23'.
Note other inscriptions on the back include prices, a label and a stamped address.

Measurements

h 620 mm x w 710 mm x d 40 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Art and Design

Subject and Association Keywords

Military

Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Collection

Enyth Good Collection

Object Type

artworks

Object number

ESC.15.016

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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