Self-Portrait at Easel
1953, 500 x 290mm, Oil on board
Anna Lois White was a unique voice in New Zealand painting in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1920s, she studied at Elam School of Fine of Arts in Tāmaki Makaurau. She taught there from 1928. She was influenced diverse artists, from the Old Masters of the European tradition to the Cubists and other modern painters. She once noted, ‘I was very taken with all the figure compositions of Botticelli’. She was a skilled painter of portraits and landscapes but is most celebrated for her symbolically rich paintings influenced by Art Deco.
A more extensive biography is available on Te Ara The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.