Leenards, Gerda Date
2002 See full details
Morning conveys a sense of this dramatic landscape, sky and weather across the harbour from Wellington, through the vision of an artist immersed in the unpredictable rawness of nature – the artist lives and works at Breaker Bay, near the entrance to Wellington Harbour.
Gerda Leenards (born 1946, Holland) came to New Zealand with her family in 1956. After a career in draughting and graphic design, she completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury School Of Fine Arts in 1970, followed by a solo exhibition at City Gallery Wellington. In 1992, Leenards returned to the Netherlands to take up a 6-month residency and to immerse herself in the artistic traditions of her homeland. Returning to New Zealand, Leenards’ paintings took on a more moody, poetic style, evoking a sombre, romantic beauty with an unmistakeable sense of European painting traditions.
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