Evelyn Page

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1899, d.1988

Winter Pattern

  • c. 1932
  • Linocut
  • Purchased, 2003
  • 345 x 242 x 12mm
  • 2003/106

During the 1920s Evelyn Page produced several etchings while studying at the Canterbury College School of Art alongside fellow students Rhona Haszard and Olivia Spencer Bower. She was working with linocuts by the early 1930s; the simplified nature of the medium suited the expressiveness of her painting practice. With its contrasting black ink on white paper, Winter Pattern effectively conveys the shadows cast by winter sunshine falling through bared branches.

Ink on Paper: Aotearoa New Zealand Printmakers of the Modern Era, 11 February – 28 May 2023

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • A number of students at the Canterbury College School of Arts produced linocuts in the early 1930s, including Evelyn Page (née Polson). The medium was very popular in England at the time, and its use was encouraged by Page’s tutor at the School, Francis Shurrock. In Winter Pattern simple shadows of tree branches create striking black and white patterns on a garden path. Born in Christchurch, Page studied at the Canterbury College School of Art. A member of the Canterbury Society of Arts, in 1927 she also joined The Group – an influential art association formed to give artists a greater say in exhibiting their work. Page spent a year in Britain in 1937, and on her return she and composer Frederick Page married. They lived in Governor’s Bay, near Christchurch, and moved to Wellington in 1947.

    (Label date unknown)