Marilynn Webb

Marilynn Webb

An outstanding artist and art educator, Dunedin based Marilynn Webb (ONZM) gained international stature as a print-maker early in her career.

After training at the Dunedin College of Education, she worked as an art adviser for the Department of Education in Auckland and Northland, and for the Northern Māori Project, which encouraged contemporary Māori art.

Marilynn developed her pastel drawing work after she moved to Dunedin in 1974 to take up a Frances Hodgkin Fellowship. Her pastel and print series have focused on New Zealand's southern wilderness areas, remote and fragile environments: Lake Mahinerangi, the Ida Valley, Fiordland and Stewart Island in particular. Her work makes us aware that we are always in the landscape and draws us into the environmental and social issues surrounding it.  Her art over the years has explored concepts of land, ecology, politics, women in art, Māori and post-colonial history.

Webb has represented New Zealand at significant print and graphic arts biennales and her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally in Australia, United States, India, Japan, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. From 1988 she lectured in printmaking at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, teaching almost all emerging print artists in Otago and in 2004 was made an Emeritus Principal Lecturer at the School.

In 2000 she became an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her contribution to printmaking in New Zealand.  2010 saw the University of Otago confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Marilynn.  Webb is widely considered to be one of New Zealand’s most distinguished and influential artists.

2018 Exhibition:
Marilynn has just released a selection of new pastels - all completed in 2018 - based on her trip to Fiordland.  These pastels will be on show at Gallery De Novo from 3 March.  Please view the catalogue below for images and details...

Marilynn Webb's Work

Going Through Fiordland - 2018 Going Through Fiordland - 2018

Going Through Fiordland - 2018

Going Through Fiordland - 2018

Pastel on paper
Paper size 67 x 47cm 
unframed
Pastel on paper
Paper size: 77 x 56cm
Framed 99 x 79cm 
Going Through Fiordland - 2018 Summer Storm & Wildflowers - Lake Mahinerangi (blue) 2009

Going Through Fiordland - 2018

Summer Storm & Wildflowers - Lake Mahinerangi (blue) 2009

Pastel on paper
Paper size: 77 x 56cm
Framed: 99 x 79cm
Watercolour
Image size: 18 x 24cm (unframed)
Summer Storm & Wildflowers - Lake Mahinerangi 2009 Snow - Lake Mahinerangi 2008

Summer Storm & Wildflowers - Lake Mahinerangi 2009

Snow - Lake Mahinerangi 2008

Watercolour
Image size: 18 x 24cm (unframed)
Watercolour
Image size: 18 x 24cm (unframed)
Snowfall Lake Mahinerangi (from the land, water and sky suite) 1989 Going Through Fiordland -Doubtful Sound 2004

Snowfall Lake Mahinerangi (from the land, water and sky suite) 1989

Going Through Fiordland -Doubtful Sound 2004

Watercolour
83 x 68 cm (framed)
Watercolour
Image size: 16 x 29cm (unframed)
Going Through Fiordland - Doubtful Sound 2007 Going Through Fiordland, Doubtful Sound 2007

Going Through Fiordland - Doubtful Sound 2007

Going Through Fiordland, Doubtful Sound 2007

Watercolour
Image size:23 x 35cm (unframed)
Watercolour
Image size: 23x34cm (unframed)
Going Through Fiordland - Doubtful Sound 2009 Going Through Fiordland - Dusky Sound 2009

Going Through Fiordland - Doubtful Sound 2009

Going Through Fiordland - Dusky Sound 2009

Watercolour
Framed size: 66x57cm
Watercolour
Image size: 23x39cm (unframed)
Going Through Fiordland - Dusky Sound 2009 Going Through Fiordland - Acheron Passage 2008

Going Through Fiordland - Dusky Sound 2009

Going Through Fiordland - Acheron Passage 2008

Watercolour
Framed: 66x53cm
Watercolour
Image size: 23x35cm (unframed)
Protection Work - The Swimming Hole Ida Valley Protection Work - Red Water Ida Valley

Protection Work - The Swimming Hole Ida Valley

Protection Work - Red Water Ida Valley

Woodblock
39 x 46cm (unframed)
Woodblock
39 x 53cm (unframed)
Punatapu - Sacred Spring Punatapu - Sacred Spring

Punatapu - Sacred Spring

Punatapu - Sacred Spring

Woodblock
Paper Size: 76 x 56cm
Woodblock 
Paper size: 50 x 70cm
Punatapu - Sacred Spring The Swimming Hole - Oturehura

Punatapu - Sacred Spring

The Swimming Hole - Oturehura

Wood Block
50 x 70cm (unframed)
Woodblock
50 x 70cm (unframed)
Untitled - 2010 Going through Fiordland, Dusky Sound 2010

Untitled - 2010

Going through Fiordland, Dusky Sound 2010

Pastel
57 x 76cm (unframed)
Pastel
Paper size:77 x 56 cm
Framed
Swimming Holes and Willow, Maniototo 1987 Going through Fiordland, Doubtful Sound 2009

Swimming Holes and Willow, Maniototo 1987

Going through Fiordland, Doubtful Sound 2009

Pastel
Paper size: 77 x 56cm
Pastel
Paper Size: 76 x 58 cm (unframed)
Untitled, 2011

Untitled, 2011

Pastel
77 x 56 cm (unframed)
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