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Kaleidoscope - Toss Woollaston Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture

Kaleidoscope - Toss Woollaston

Television (Full Length) – 1987 Arts/Culture

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TVNZ’s flagship 80s arts show looks at Sir Toss Woollaston — a pioneer of modern art in New Zealand. Topics include his development as an artist and the “struggle of painting” (contra convention), difficult years trying to support a family, the influence of his wife, and the liberation he felt in his mid-50s when he could finally earn a living from painting. Woollaston is blunt but generous with his time and opinions. There are precious riffs off his famous description of wanting to paint the sunlight in a landscape, “after it had been absorbed by the earth”.

... the mind of a monkey expressing itself through a human.
– An 1936 review of Woollaston's work, indicating the suspicious attitude to modern art at the time