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GIBB, John
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Gibb was trained in the studio of John Mackenzie of Greenock. While living on the Firth of Clyde, he began to paint ships, exhibiting work with the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. He arrived in Ōtautahi in 1876, setting up a studio and taking pupils; his first exhibition was held in the same year. In 1877 and 1879, he had work in Australian exhibitions. He showed with the Otago Society of Arts and with the Canterbury Society of Arts after the latter was founded in 1880. He painted prolifically in oils and watercolours, becoming well known for his realistic treatment of water surfaces, and exhibited throughout New Zealand and at the St. Louis Exposition, Missouri, United States of America. His work is widely held in New Zealand galleries and museums. His oldest son, John Walker Gibb, was a picture framer in Ōtautahi. His second son, William Menzies Gibb, was also an artist.

Countries
Aotearoa New Zealand; Australia; United Kingdom;
Gender
Male,
Date of birth
02 April 1831
Place of birth
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom,
Date of death
10 September 1909
Place of death
Ōtautahi, Aotearoa,

GIBB, John;

Opening of the Boating Season, River Avon

1876, 515 x 875mm, Oil on canvas

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