- Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation Collection, purchased 1996
- 690 x 915 x 45mm
Jenny Wimperis was one of the few women landscape painters working in Aotearoa New Zealand during the nineteenth century. She was a trained artist from an artistic family and had ambitions to work as a full-time professional painter. Unlike many artists of the time, who liked to imbue the sense of a misty British landscape upon New Zealand, Wimperis focuses on this scraggly piece of indigenous forest with a clarity and directness. She shows the density and untamed nature of the native forest prior to the clearing of great swathes of it by Pākehā settlers for pastoral farming, and with it the destruction of Aotearoa’s native bird habitats.
Ship Nails and Tail Feathers, 10 June – 22 October 2023