Self portrait

Rita Angus 1908-1970

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  • Born Henrietta Catherine Augus - Hastings

  • Period: to

    Rita Angus

  • Period: to

    Attended Palmerston North Girls' High School

  • Began studying at the Canterbury College School of Art

  • Exhibited with the Canterbury Society of Arts

  • Married Alfred Cook

  • Both Rita Angus & her husband Alfred Cook taught at Napier Boys High School for two terms in 1931

  • Exhibited "The Aviatrix" at the New Zealand Society of Artist's First General Exhibition

    Exhibited "The Aviatrix" at the New Zealand Society of Artist's First General Exhibition
  • Separated from Alfred Cook

  • Worked for Christchurch "Press Junior" as an illustrator until 1937

  • Painted "Cass"

    Painted "Cass"
  • Painted "Self-portrait" 1936/37

  • Briefly worked as a commercial artist for Ballantynes

  • Painted Fay and Jane Birkenshaw

    Painted Fay and Jane Birkenshaw
  • "Cass" and "Self-portrait" exhibited in the National Centennial Exhibition

  • Changed her name to Rita Catherine McKenzie

  • Began painting "Betty Curnow"

    Began painting "Betty Curnow"
  • Exhibited "Betty Curnow" at Group Show

  • Produced watercolours "Haycocks, Wainui", "Untitled (Akaroa Hills)", "Untitled (Passionflower)"and "Tree"

  • Exhibited Regularly with the Group throughout 1943-47

  • Painted Tree

    Painted Tree
  • Painted "A Goddess of Mercy"

    Painted "A Goddess of Mercy"
  • Painted "Sun Goddess", and Robert Gormack portrait

  • Completed "Rutu"

    Completed "Rutu"
  • Exhibited with the Group 1950-52

  • Drawings of native plants done for School Journal

    Drawings of native plants done for School Journal
  • Travelled through Central Otago painted studies

  • Worked on "Central Otago" 1954-56

  • Returned to Mangonui

  • Five portraits were exhibited for the Group

  • Bought a cottage at 194a Sydney St West, Thorndon Wellington

  • First one person exhibition of 43 works at the Centre Gallery Wellington

  • Was awarded a New Zealand Art Societies Fellowship which provided for a year of study in Europe

  • Arrived in London and travelled through Europe

  • Period: to

    London and Europe

  • Returned to Wellington

  • Worked on a commission for a mural to celebrate Napier Girls High School Centenary

  • Exhibited work at the Auckland City Art Gallery - contemporary New Zealand painting and sculpture

  • Painted "Fireworks"

  • Invited by Department of Internal Affairs to contribute to the 1965 Commonwealth Institute, London Exhibition: Contemporary Painting in New Zealand

  • Painted "Before Demolition"

  • Family exhibition at Centre Gallery showed painting by Rita Angus, sculpture by her sister Jean Jones and weaving by sister in law Timmy Angus

  • Completed painting "Central Otago"

    Completed painting "Central Otago"
  • Drawings made of Bolton Street Cemetery tombstones

  • Painted Flight

    Painted Flight
  • Rita Angus died

  • References

    References Text Rita Angus
    National Art Gallery
    1982 Images Front page Cass
    A Goddess of Mercy
    Flight Tree
    Betty Curnow
    Central Otago Fay & Jane Birkenshaw Aviatrix School Journal