Florence Akins

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1906, d.2012

The Metalworker

  • Gifted by the artist, 1997
  • Linocut
  • 145 x 68mm
  • 97/01
  • 1932

The linocut was a popular medium in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time it was also used by a number of Canterbury artists, including Florence Akins, who taught linocut at the Canterbury College School of Art. In The Metalworker Akins uses the stark contrasts of black and white to convey the fall of light on the figure. The subject is possibly one of her students. Akins was born in Christchurch and studied at the Canterbury College School of Art under Francis Shurrock and James Johnstone during the 1920s. She had a long association with the school; appointed to a part-time teaching position in 1927, she taught there until the end of 1969. Akins has worked with a wide range of media, including fibre arts such as embroidery, tapestry and weaving.