New Zealand, 1922–2000
Summer in Nelson 1960
oil on canvas, 810 x 927 mm
Collection of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū: purchased in 2001. ACC: 906
Irvine Major nailed the ‘essence of Nelson’ when he painted this picture, if the sales of postcards bearing this image are anything to go by.
Painted more than 60 years ago, from Poynter’s Crescent above Nelson Yacht Club, it is clear not much of the scene has changed. The quaint motor vehicles and telephone booth have long vanished, but the iconic features of the quay buildings, Haulashore Island, Fifeshire Rock, the sandy curve of Tahunanui Beach and the gorgeous turquoise of Tasman Bay are all still there.
Born in Christchurch, Irvine Major became an artist and printmaker. From 1949 he lived in Nelson, where he taught at Nelson College as well as being an active member of the Suter Art Society.