Story: Regional cultural life

Doris Lusk, 'Canterbury Plains from Cashmere Hills'

Doris Lusk, 'Canterbury Plains from Cashmere Hills'

This painting by Doris Lusk appeared in The Group show in 1952 under the title 'Plains from Port Hills'. Lusk was one of the significant painters who lived in Christchurch in the 1940s and 1950s. The yearly Group show had begun in 1927 to provide an outlet for experimental art. Lusk displayed her work in these exhibitions consistently after her move to Christchurch in 1943. Other Christchurch-based painters in these years included Rita Angus, Colin McCahon, William Sutton, Olivia Spencer Bower and Rata Lovell-Smith. Like many of her contemporaries, Lusk focused much of her painting on the landscapes of the South Island. She also had close relationships with the Christchurch literary community, including Allen and Betty Curnow and James K. Baxter.

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Oil on board by Doris Lusk, 1952

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Pip Howells, 'Regional cultural life - Regional creative life, early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Pip Howells, published 22 Oct 2014