Archibald Nicoll

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1886, d.1953

Industrial Area

Ōtautahi Christchurch-based Archibald Nicoll found good, paintable material not far from his Cambridge Terrace studio in the lines of warehouses, factories and cars on Tuam Street. Industrial Area sold quickly when exhibited at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington in 1941, and supports his reputation as a leader in what became known as the Canterbury School of painting. Nicoll created a captivating work through practised painterly skill and a subtle palette, convincingly portraying the scene in long shadow and low winter light.

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

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • Above Ground, 18 December 2015 – 12 February 2017

    Based on a view of Tuam Street on the outskirts of central Christchurch, some 500 metres from his studio in Cambridge Terrace, Archibald Nicoll’s Industrial Area was first exhibited in Wellington in 1941. While existing as a record of local urban landscape, it also effectively illustrates a comment made by Nicoll in 1923 that “a man became an artist because he suffered from the incurable complaint of making shapes and recording visual impressions”.