Artist Profile

Trevor G Moffitt

Born 1936

Against his father's wishes, Trevor Moffitt attended the Auckland Teachers Training College before gaining a Diploma of Fine Arts (with honours) from the University of Canterbury. Under the instruction of William Sutton and Russell Clark, Moffitt became concerned that New Zealand was being painted from a European perspective and set out to paint "this place".

Continually drawn to stories of native folklore, Moffitts work is an enduring exploration of issues relevant to New Zealanders. Often painting a large number of works for each 'story', Moffitt is well known for his West Coast, MacKenzie, Hokonui Moonshine, Fields and Paddocks, and Human Condition One, Two and Three series.

Moffitt's work is held in an extensive number of collections, including the Auckland Art Gallery, Aigantighe, Anderson Park, Dowse, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Forrester, Eastern Southland Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay Museum, Hocken Library, Manawatu Art Gallery, McDougall, Rotorua Museum, Sarjeant, Suter and Te Papa Tongarewa.

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