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Ivy Margaret Copeland (1888-1961).


Ivy Margaret Copeland (1888-1961) was an artist & art teacher who took leasons from C. F. Goldie at the Ladies College, Remuera, and later studied with the English artist Dennis Seaward at Wanganui Technical School. Going on to Elam School of Art, Auckland, she was taught by Edward Fristrm and Archibald Nicoll, before, in 1930, travelling to London, Paris and Edinburgh to finish her formal art training. On her return to New Zealand she became involved in a controversy over the purchase of paintings in Europe for the Auckland Art Gallery and was appointed to a committee which reviewed the paintings and drew up guidelines for future purchases. In 1933 Ivy Copeland began teaching art at Canterbury College and then, from 1936, at Dunedin Training College. A much-respected teacher, she exhibited at a regional level throughout her teaching career, returning to Auckland after retiring from teaching in 1940. Traditional in her subject matter, she painted subjects close to hand, including the still life, especially studies of flowers, such as Royal purple (1949). She also painted landscapes, and in 1946 was awarded the prestigious Bledisloe Medal for her oil painting Back of beyond. Perhaps best remembered for her portrait paintings, she had a particular interest in Maori subjects. Her study of a girl, Rita Hikiora, was much admired in 1937 and another work, Marie, a delicate and sentimental portrait of a young Maori girl, is also well known. Copeland was an active member of the Auckland Society of Arts during the 1940s and 1950s. Her work was often reproduced in Art in New Zealand, and two works were included in the ASA exhibition New Zealand Women Painters 1845-1968.

(Jackson, P. Ivy M. Copeland (1888-1961). Art New Zealand No 70 (Autumn 1994): 

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