MACLENNAN, Stewart Bell
Artist and Director of the National Art Gallery.
Stewart Bell Maclennan was born at Dunedin on 14 May 1903 and received his art training at the Dunedin School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. Prior to this he had engaged in commercial art. In 1939 he became art master at Wairarapa College, and in 1946 education officer at the National Art Gallery, being appointed Director two years later. He was a member of the Council of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1943–49, and vice-president, 1949–59. He was awarded first prize in the watercolour section, National Bank of New Zealand Art Competitions, 1962 and 1963, and first prize watercolours, Hay's Competition, 1962. He has exhibited at international print exhibitions in Cincinnati and Tokio and has shown paintings in exhibitions in New Zealand and overseas. He is represented in most New Zealand permanent collections.