03 May At the Crest – Paintings by Dr Wilfred Stanley Wallis
Dr. Wilfred Stanley Wallis (1891-1957), originally from Christchurch, impacted Rotorua positively in the years that he lived here.
Arriving as a doctor he founded the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Crippled Children’s Society. Then as a devoted artist in his retirement founding the Rotorua Society of the Arts, supporting and purchasing art that has become the highly-valued collection cared for by Rotorua Museum.
He painted at a turning point in New Zealand’s art history – largely unacknowledged as an artist due to his limited exposure – but at a time that was ‘at the crest of the wave of modern art’ in New Zealand.
Some of his locally held work will be on display in the Rotorua Lakes Council Galleria (1061 Haupapa Street) from 10 May – 10 July 2019. The Galleria is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.
Though he died in the late 1950s, his daughter Ynys Fraser still lives in Rotorua. Most of the works displayed are on personal loan from Ynys and her family.
This exhibition was curated by Angela Frank and Rotorua Museum.