Gil Hanly

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1934


  • c. 1955
  • Oil on hardboard
  • William A. Sutton bequest, 2000
  • 395 x 540mm
  • 2000/128

Scratchy bare branches and no-nonsense backyard laundries frame propped-up washing lines, with clothes-pegged loads struggling to dry in the cold winter’s light. Gil Hanly’s Backyards suggests a depressing view from student accommodation, perhaps a relic from her days as a painting student at the Canterbury College School of Art. Hanly later became a leading Aotearoa New Zealand documentary photographer.

(From Here on the Ground, 18 May – 17 November 2024)

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