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Behind the scenes

Within the Gallery's collection, there are plenty of eyes willing to meet yours, but while some seem content to merely receive our gaze, others look back with a certain character and intensity.

Tony Fomison Paparua, 1970 1970. Pencil on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Reproduced with permission

Tony Fomison Paparua, 1970 1970. Pencil on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū. Reproduced with permission

Richard McWhannell Untitled 1978. Silkscreen. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented to the Gallery by the artist 1991. Reproduced with permission

Richard McWhannell Untitled 1978. Silkscreen. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented to the Gallery by the artist 1991. Reproduced with permission

Olivia Spencer Bower Olivia Spencer Bower. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1999. Reproduced courtesy of the trustees of the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation

Olivia Spencer Bower Olivia Spencer Bower. Watercolour. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1999. Reproduced courtesy of the trustees of the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation

Leo Bensemann James K Baxter. Pencil on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented to the Gallery by Mary Bensemann 1995. Reproduced with permission

Leo Bensemann James K Baxter. Pencil on paper. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, presented to the Gallery by Mary Bensemann 1995. Reproduced with permission

Of course, as in life, some can say volumes without looking at all...

Michael Smither Portrait Of My Mother 1972. Oil on board. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1981. Reproduced courtesy of M.D. Smither

Michael Smither Portrait Of My Mother 1972. Oil on board. Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 1981. Reproduced courtesy of M.D. Smither