For background on the artist and works, see below.
About the ArtistMarilynn Webb is known as one of New Zealand’s finest printmakers, and has had a huge influence on subsequent generations of artists, as senior lecturer and then Emeritus in Printmaking at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art in Dunedin. In her pastels and hand-coloured works, Webb is able to diverge from the printmaking practice which was the focus of her teaching, and follow her individual creative path. Her pastels and prints have centred on New Zealand’s most remote and fragile environments, including Fiordland, the Maniototo hinterland, Stewart Island and the Antarctic Islands. She has several times received Department of Conservation commissions which take fine artists with empathy for the natural world to wild and seldom accessible places, and tell our hidden stories. Marilynn Webb goes beyond mere landscape: she communicates a view of a fragile environment, a place to treasure, connections from pre-history to present day, a history of ecological and other politics layered within the landforms. Her printmaking explores not only sense of place but also human connections – bloodlines and family, her own ancestry both Maori and of Europe, and the way we are linked to special places.
Following Webb’s touring Southern Land exhibition of monoprints, the artist created a series of smaller, very affordable hand-coloured engravings, in which she deftly uses watercolour to evoke a season or memory, with moody shifts of colour changing the feeling completely even within the same base composition created by the engraving.
Marilynn Webb has continued to visit Fiordland with Department of Conservation artist trips, expressing the fragility of the landscape in striking pastels on paper. A new series completed in late 2017 is now available.
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Marilynn Webb has exhibited in major expositions of printmaking and graphic art throughout the world, and has shown extensively nationally and in London, Paris, New York, Berlin. In 1999 she was accorded the honour of ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit).
In 2018 she received Te Tohu Aroha mō Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the Supreme Award for excellence and achievement in Ngā Toi Māori (Māori art) at the 2018 Te Waka Toi Awards.
In New Zealand in recent years she has preferred one woman or group shows of public purpose – exhibitions exploring concepts of land, ecology, politics, women in art, and history both Maori and post-colonial.
A video interview with Marilynn can be found here.
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