Doris Lusk

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1916, d.1990

City Gasworks, Christchurch

  • 1958
  • Oil on canvasboard
  • Gift of Martin Prior in memory of Ann, Mary and Arthur Prior, 2019
  • 860 x 630mm
  • 2019/034
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Doris Lusk consistently painted industrial landscapes from the mid-1930s on, focusing particularly on visually challenging sites. Drawn to mines and quarries, power stations, gasworks and pumphouses, jetties, bridges and demolitions across the decades, she created a body of works that appear as metaphors for the often unsettling impact of human activity and presence.Featuring the same Waltham landmark that Rita Angus had painted twenty-five years before, this work reveals Lusk’s ability to present complex industrial structures with a clearsighted, impassive tone. In this it also exemplifies the outlook of a painter who became an esteemed lecturer at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts from 1966 to 1981.

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

Exhibition History