Christopher Perkins. Self-portrait. 1954 Oil on panel
In 1928 Christopher Perkins was appointed to the staff of the Wellington Technical College under the La Trobe scheme (which was an attempt to improve the calibre of art teaching in New Zealand). Although he only stayed here until 1934, he challenged the views of many New Zealand artists of the time and was outspoken in his criticism of the standard of art and the critique process here. He himself emphasised the surface pattern in composition, the simplification of forms and particularly rejected conventionally picturesque subjects. This latter especially, shocked conservative critics. However all these considerations eventually found their way into New Zealand painting.
Here, in his style, is my interpretation of a piece of Hawkes Bay.