Patricia France

An immensely subtle painter of the human figure, Patricia France did not begin painting seriously until she was in her 50s and had moved from Auckland to Dunedin, where she was encouraged by many of the country’s leading painters. France used her art to explore the emotional space that exists around and within the human form. The paintings celebrate friendship and family bonds while hinting at the loss and sadness those relationships invariably contain. She said the paintings evolved ‘out of a vague and fluid background of my past experiences and feelings’.

Patricia France Figures in a Landscape 1

Figures in a Landscape - 1983