Joan Grehan

Biography
Grehan was born in Wanganui and attended Wanganui Girls College. She completed a Diploma of Fine Arts at Canterbury College of Art under the tutelage of Cecil Kelly and Archibald Nicoll. Later she attended Camberwell School of Art in London, and from there embarked on thirty years of travelling and living in six countries including Uganda, Lebanon, Italy and France.
While in Uganda she found the time and motivation to paint seriously and it was here she first received recognition and success. African Life magazine wrote in 1961, 'Joan Grehan has a pleasing boldness, a technical know-how which far outshines the work of any other local artist. Sensitive to light and pattern, to shape and to form, this artist has a sure touch with colour.'

Joan's 1985 solo show at the Sarjeant Gallery ran in conjunction with the Society's annual exhibition. Despite giving slide lectures to the Arts Society during her occasional returns to Wanganui over the years, she has only been a member herself since 1998. Joan continues to exhibit regularly with dealer galleries and the Arts Society.(June 2001)
b.1920, d.2007
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