- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 1080 x 1330mm
This immersive and atmospheric painting is thought to be of a paddock Grace Butler’s home on Normans Hill Road, Onehunga. One of the children is Butler’s daughter Margarete, the other is the daughter of friends Alan and Marguerita Mulgan. It is an unapologetically nostalgic work, in which Butler works to conjure the emotional feeling experienced on those special evenings when the sky in apricots and pinks mixes with the golds of a dry summery field and your skin seems to glow from the inside. Luminescing from a low setting sun, light enters this painting as if from behind the viewer, increasing the intimacy of the moment.
(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)