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Nelson landscapes: Toss Woollaston (5th of 6)

Nelson landscapes: Toss Woollaston

Nelson’s most famous artist, Toss Woollaston, painted this landscape, ‘Motueka Harbour’, in 1970. Woollaston knew Colin McCahon and the two influenced each other. Originally from Taranaki, Woollaston’s adult life was spent in the Nelson region at Māpua and Riwaka, and also at Greymouth on the West Coast (from 1949 to 1968). It was only in 1968, when he moved to Riwaka, that he could earn enough as a full-time artist to support his wife and four children. Woollaston died, aged 88, at Upper Moutere in 1998.

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The Suter - Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson
Oil on board by Toss Woollaston, 1970

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Arts, culture and science', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 March 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 3 Aug 2015