New Zealand’s Women Painters

Curated by Anne Kirker. There were four paintings by Flora Scales in this exhibition, on loan from the artist who was then living in Dunedin.

New Zealand’s Women Painters exhibition catalogue, Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, October 1975, pg 10:

41 Farm Buildings Outside Paris oil on card 235 x 305 mm. Signed: SCALES (LL). [Location Unknown]
42 Garden oil on fabric 250 x 350 mm. [Location Unknown]
43 Flowers, St lves oil on fabric 330 x 255 mm. Signed : SCALES (LR). [BC053]
44 St lves from the Artist's House oil on fabric mounted on board 310 x 405 mm. Signed: . . . SCAL . . . (LL). [Possibly BC060]
All the above works are on loan from the Artist, Dunedin.

Flora Scales in a letter to Anne Kirker, 1975, held in Auckland Art Gallery Research Library, ref. Scales, H F V correspondence 2A:

“It is interesting to hear about the exhibition of New Zealand Women Painters and it is good of you to include some of mine and you do not owe the least apology for taking them. Mr Colin McCahon would seem enthusiastic in anything he undertook and am sure he will make the most of my work [referring to Scale’s imminent Auckland City Art Gallery exhibition, 1975-1976, of which McCahon was the initiator]. I left Dunedin about five weeks ago where it is cool to come here permanently – the climate here [in Auckland] is lovely.”


31 October, 1975
— 23 November, 1975


Auckland City Art Gallery


Auckland, New Zealand

Exhibition artworks


Exhibition reviews

T. J. McNamara

New Zealand Herald

"It is very fitting that the City Art Gallery should mount an exhibition by New Zealand women painters as a contribution to International Women’s Year because women have played a very large part in our artistic history ... As Anne Kirker and Eric Young point out in their introduction ... women artists have not been dilettante amateurs dabbling in art but have been right in the main stream of our painting. ... If there is a unifying factor in all the work, it is the assurance with which colour is handled. What should please the feminists is that all this work stands firmly on its own high merit and defies any condescension on the grounds of some mythical specially “feminine” appeal."

‘Paintings by Women – on Merit’ by T. J. McNamara, New Zealand Herald, 20 June 1975, section 1, pg 11

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