Eileen Mayo

England / Australia / Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1906, d.1994

Victorian Jug

  • Purchased 1987
  • Screenprint
  • 564 x 365mm
  • 87/30
  • 1984

Born and trained in England, and with an established artistic practice there, Eileen Mayo moved to Australia in 1952, departing for New Zealand ten years later. She settled in Christchurch in 1965 and lived there almost exclusively, aside from a brief period in Dunedin, until her death in 1994. This latter part of Mayo’s career was characterised by her experimentation with a variety of printmaking techniques, including relief printing and screenprints. 'Victorian Jug' is a significant work from this time and reflects Mayo’s accomplished manipulation of shapes, textures and colours. She contrasts the sturdy geometry of the green tartan tablecloth with the ornate decoration of the jug, and an exuberant arrangement of flowers, including daisies, cornflowers, fuchsias and dianthus.

(Turn, Turn, Turn: A Year in Art, 27 July 2019 – 8 March 2020)