New Zealand, 1946–2012
Ladies Day 1978
oil on board 1044 x 896 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: presented to The Suter by the estate of Amelia F. Roe in 2004. ACC. 977
Jane Evans was a Nelson artist who was a wry observer of people. She could sum up a personality or type of person with a few brushstrokes. ‘When you look at the shape of people you get some idea of what they are actually like … the golfing ladies, that gargantuan bum, draped in the inevitable floral print, so incongruous but so delicious … I really love these people because they are so much themselves.’
The women who caught her eye were often strong, independent and full of character. Evans was known for capturing candid moments that we can relate to with humour and affection. Ladies Day captures a day on the green, with one woman focused on her putting, another being the imperious observer, and then the chatterer, with her back to us.