Naomi McCleary will present on Lois McIvor: “Paint the Light”.

Lois McIvor bestrode the Titirangi arts scene for 35 years; from 1953 to 1988. A colourful and imposing figure with a commanding presence and matching voice, she was an influential teacher and a passionate  artist. She lived in Wood Bay and painted and exhibited throughout her professional life with complete and utter focus and commitment. To hold to that self-belief and determination throughout her life as a woman artist, in a society and time which continued to prioritise and elevate the work of male artists, is a story of both tenacity and passion.

She is remembered for her luminous and evocative landscapes inspired by the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour.

Image by Nicholas Gresson with Lois in the middle with purple scarf, at the opening of her exhibition at the Remuera Gallery in June 2013.