Story: Light

‘Taranaki’ (1st of 3)


In 1929 an English immigrant to New Zealand, Christopher Perkins, saw the ‘marvellous light’ as the key to painting in the country. Two years later he used this approach in his oil painting of Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) with a dairy factory in the foreground.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Christopher Edward Perkins

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Light - Light and the arts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006