Things that have a long way to go

Kate Coolahan, Artist

This is one of the prints in our collection. It was made in Wellington, Wellington Region, New Zealand in 1971.
Image: 505 x 495mm
etching & aquatint on paper
'Coolahan's work was concerned with the wide interest of the period in abstracted landscape, and the discovery of what was for most people 'New Zealand identity' in art, and for Coolahan, with her Australian background, an interest in the Pacific - the colours, and later, the conditions (pyschological and social and economic) of populations and cultures that inhabit islands like ours... For Coolahan, the interest in printmaking was a natural one, spurred on by previous and current experiences and career choices. As an illustrator and designer, an awareness of printing techniques was essential, and Coolahan was constantly in touch with technological developments in the industry. In a larger sense, Coolahan's career was shifting in the 1960s, away from the retail (James Smiths) and wholesale (Carlton Carruthers) aspects of industry, towards the production and training (Wellington Polytechnic) required to enhance the graphic and industrial design skill base available to industry in this country. In 1962, Coolahan was asked to take night classes in anatomy and drawing at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design. In 1966, she joined the full-time staff, where she remained until 1971, teaching basic design, creative processes, visual communication and drawing.'
- Damian Skinner, 'Things that have a long way to go A biography of Kate Coolahan',
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased with funds from the Friends of the Gallery Print Fund, 1979.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Nov 1979


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