Cecil Kelly

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1878, d.1954

Sunlight [also known as The Nurses Home, Hagley Park]

Painted from a shady vantage point by the war memorial band rotunda in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, this view was ten minutes’ walk upriver from Cecil and Elizabeth Kelly’s home and studio in Montreal Street. Beyond the figure with a garden hose, its focal point is the Spanish Mission-style nurses’ hostel built just a few years earlier in 1931.

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

Exhibition History