Detail, Self Portrait with Hat and Shawl (1943), Ida Carey
Ida Harriet Carey (1891-1982) was a significant figure in the Waikato art scene. She spent the majority of her working career based in Hamilton and in 1934 was instrumental in initiating the formation of the Waikato Arts Society. Carey is often remembered for the numerous late-career portraits she painted of Maaori women with moko. However, Carey’s oeuvre is much larger than just these paintings, and this exhibition explores the many other subjects she painted over her long career, both at home and abroad. Each work in the exhibition is exhibited alongside a companion piece made by other New Zealand women artists. These comparative works position Carey within New Zealand’s art history and give a greater understanding of Carey’s work. The 2018 Suffrage125 commemoration is timely to acknowledge Carey’s contribution to the Waikato, and in turn New Zealand’s art history.
Education programmes are available for this exhibition.
Image: Detail, Self Portrait with Hat and Shawl (1943), Ida Carey, oil on canvas, collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, gifted by the artist in 1980