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Marilynn Webbby Bridie Lonie
Synopses & Reviews
An outstanding artist and art educator, Marilynn Webb gained international stature as a print-maker early in her career. Working as an art adviser in Northland and Auckland she created memorable images that were instantly recognizable as coming from her hand. Less well-known are her pastel drawings, a development in her work after she moved to Dunedin in 1974 to take up a Frances Hodgkin Fellowship. She has created several brilliant series based on New Zealand's southern wilderness areas: Lake Mahinerangi, the Ida Valley, Fiordland and Stewart Island in particular. Her work makes us aware that we are always in the landscape, and draws us into the environmental and social issues surrounding it.
Book News Annotation:
Well-known as a printmaker, Webb (Otago Polytechnic School of Art) also creates pastels that evoke wilderness areas in her home of southern New Zealand. Lonie (art history, Otago Polytechnic) provides a biography of the artist and her development, illustrated with many personal b&w photos, that is followed by 62 of Webb's environmental- and conservation-inspired images, in color, spanning 1963 to 2003. Wide-format binding: 9.25x8.5<">. Distributed in the US by ISBS.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An outstanding artist and art educator, Marilynn Webb has international stature as a print-maker. Less well-known are her brilliant pastels evoking New Zealand's southern wilderness areas: Lake Mahinerangi, the Ida Valley, Fiordland and Stewart Island in particular. This book brings together works from a forty-year career, with an essay by Bridie Lonie and foreword by Cilla McQueen. With part Nga Puhi descent, Webb trained under the Arts Advisory Scheme developed by Gordon Tovey, and worked as an arts adviser in the Northern Maori Project. The framework from this experience has sustained her throughout her career and her students include many of New Zealand's interesting new artists. She has spent much of her adult life in the South Island, engaged with the landscape and environmental issues. These concerns are apparent in her major series of works, reproduced here in color.
About the Author
Bridie Lonie is course coordinator, Art History and Theory, at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Marilynn Webb was a senior lecturer in printmaking, Otago Polytechnic School of Art. She was made Emeritus Principal Lecturer in 2004.
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