A Lois White

Anna Lois White was born in Auckland in 1903. Lois White, as she preferred to be known was from the Modernist school with an interest in symbolism and figurative works. White studied at the Elam Art School of the University of Auckland and later taught there from 1928 - 1963.

War Makers painted by White in 1937 is perhaps her most well known and controversial piece. War Makers and other artworks from this period were a example of Whites anti-war commentary. In the late 1930s White also started to produce religious and female allegories, portraiture and mural commissions. Female allegories, modelled on friends and students were a consistent attempt to articulate and celebrate female centred sexuality. A Group of Figures in the BNZ Art Collection is an early example of this exploration.