Olivia Spencer Bower: Views from the Mainland

4 November 2016 – 2 April 2017

A selection of watercolours by one of Canterbury’s most treasured artists.

Drawn from the Gallery’s extensive collection of Olivia Spencer Bower’s work, this exhibition presents a selection of South Island views – from the flowers in the artist’s Christchurch garden to the mighty Remarkables mountain range and Southern Lakes of Central Otago. Together they highlight her uncompromising approach to, and total mastery of, the watercolour medium. Spencer Bower was a key modernist figure in the New Zealand art world during the mid twentieth century. She specialised in watercolours, which was a medium she enjoyed immensely, and developed a distinctive style and technique throughout her career.