New Zealand, 1912–1986
After Rain, Takaka 1971
oil on canvas board, 641 x 795 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 1986. ACC: 1376
Leo Bensemann has created this interpretation of Tākaka Hill by painting a ‘portrait’ of one of the many weather-sculpted rocks that lie scattered over its summit.
Tākaka Hill is a mysterious and magical place, with its karst landscape, cave systems, sink holes and deep underground rumblings. The painting depicts a rain cloud sweeping over the hill, which is sometimes referred to as Marble Mountain.
Leo Bensemann’s childhood was spent in Tākaka, before he moved to Christchurch where he became an artist and a printer at Caxton Press. He never lost his attachment to Golden Bay, however, regularly holidaying there with his family. Its landscapes became the subject of many of his artworks over the years.