Kiln near Riwaka

Sir Mountford Tosswill (Toss) Woollaston 
New Zealand, 1910–1998
Kiln near Riwaka 1971
watercolour on paper, 268 x 348 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: gifted by the artist in 1979. ACC: 528

Toss Woollaston first came to the Nelson region as a teenager, looking for rural work. After studying in Christchurch and Dunedin, and spending some time in Greymouth, he settled in Riwaka, where he built a house and studio. He is one of New Zealand’s most important painters of the twentieth century. 

Woollaston painted the landscapes he knew and the people around him over and over again, explaining his style as one where he wanted ‘to reach at one stroke the essence of the feeling I had for the landscape’.  

In Kiln near Riwaka, his expressionistic style has captured the shapes and colours of the farm sheds and hop kiln, against a backdrop of the steep-sided Tākaka hills – a rural landscape that was very familiar to him.

This actual scene can be glimpsed from State Highway 60 before the turnoff to Kaiteriteri and Tākaka Hill.

Installation Details

227 Hardy Street
Next to Harcourts Real Estate


Many thanks to the property owner and tenant for being part of ArtWalk.

Nelson City Centre ArtWalk is a joint project by Make/Shift Spaces and The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū.