May Gilbert

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1901, d.1977


  • c. 1930
  • Linocut
  • Purchased 2021
  • 211 x 130mm
  • 2021/182

May Gilbert was a contemporary of fellow Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland artists Hilda Wiseman, Ida Eise and Lois White, and like them she was an early practitioner of the linocut in Aotearoa. May attended the Elam School of Art in Auckland and was an important member of the contemporary art collective known as the Rutland Group. She had an interest in depicting urban buildings around Auckland in her work, particularly old colonial houses, but in this linocut her attention has been drawn to an interior view, focusing on a pot plant at the bottom of the stairs. Ink on Paper: Aotearoa New Zealand Printmakers of the Modern Era, 11 February – 28 May 2023

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