Earlier this year The New Zealand Portrait Gallery commissioned me to do a painting of Dame Joan Metge to be part of their permanent collection and their current exhibition.
"Dame Joan Metge" by Sofia Minson 85x180cm oil on canvas
The exhibition is entitled The Makers of Modern New Zealand 1930 - 1990.
The show is on until 12 February 2012 at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, so check it out this summer if you get the chance.
Have you heard of Joan Metge? I hadn't when I was first asked to do her portrait and now I'm so glad to have met her and learnt about her contributions to Maori/Pakeha relations since the 1950s.
Curator Brian Easton with Minson's painting "Dame Joan Metge"
"Alison Holst" by Freeman White