Toss Woollaston, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand in 1960s.
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About the Work
This drawing is a result of an intriguing friendship between artist Toss Woollaston and a young Māori boy Erua who modelled for him each Wednesday evening in Greymouth, in the early 60s. Woollaston had seen the boy playing "like one dark bead shaken in a tray of pale ones". The image made him curious to find what Erua was like, and to try to draw "that". In 1966 he published 'Erua', a folio of 48 drawings. A film was made about their relationship in 1988.
Image 370 x 270mm
Frame 595 x 495mm
watercolour on paper
Painted sketch of a boy called Erua seated and leaning his head into his hand wearing dark clothing.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of Barry Perkins, 1985.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Mar 1985



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