Painting, 'Camelias'; McFarlane, Shona; Unknown; ESC.85.001


Painting, 'Camelias'

About this object

Artist Biography:

Shona Graham McFarlane, CBE (1929 – 2001), was a New Zealand artist, journalist and broadcaster. Born in Gore and educated at Otago Girls' High School, and McFarlane studied teaching at the Dunedin Teachers' College. McFarlane taught Art in New Zealand schools from 1950-1952, before moving to London where she taught in the mid-1950s.
During the 1960s and 1970s she served on the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, and was President of the Otago Art Society during the 1960s. Until 1975, she served on the Otago Theatre Trust Committee, on the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Council, and was President of the Dunedin Civic Arts Council. She was also a prominent campaigner to preserve several historic Dunedin buildings. She was also vice president of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts for many years.
McFarlane wrote six books, and her paintings appear primarily in museums, art galleries, and private collections.


McFarlane, Shona

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, wood
inorganic, processed materials, pigments, acrylic pigments

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Inscription and Marks

handwritten in pencil on reverse:
'Camelias' Shona McFarlane $400


h 945mm x w 795mm x d 20mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Art and Design

Subject and Association Keywords

Plants (flora)

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