Oil on canvas
440 x 590mm
Sam Cairncross was born at Marton in 1913. He first attended art classes at Wellington Technical College and took up painting seriously in 1942. In 1947 he was awarded a French Government scholarship to study in Paris where he briefly attended André Lhote’s studio and visited galleries and other artists’ studios. He returned to Wellington in 1948 having visited London and New York. Specialising in Wellington street scenes at a time when other painters were more interested in empty landscapes, by the late 1980s his work was keenly sought for its evocation of the buildings and fashions of an earlier era. He worked as a part time art teacher for adult art classes in the Wellington area. His vigorous brushwork and bright colours put him among the Wellington Moderns whose work was somewhat resisted by the mild realistic modernism of the Academy of Fine Arts. This painting was formerly in the collection of Mr Terence Barrow, of Hawaii.