Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group

Exhibition date:
24 November 2016 to 26 March 2017
New Zealand
New Zealand Portrait Gallery

New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 24 November 2016- 26 March 2017; The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 12 April 2017-28 May 2017.

Portraits by and of Leo Bensemann are foremost among 50 outstanding examples drawn from private and public collections, Bensemann sits alongside artists including Evelyn Page, Olivia Spencer Bower, Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston, Doris Lusk and Colin McCahon who come to life as both subjects and artists in Leo Bensemann & Friends: Portraiture and The Group. These are not portraits of prominent people designed for hanging in public buildings, these artists painted themselves and each other, close friends and family – fathers, wives, children and lovers.

Text extracted from the New Zealand Portrait Gallery website.