Leaders on canvas
An exhibition at Auckland University over the next few months will explore the role of leadership in New Zealand.
The Power of Portraiture is curated by art history lecturer Erin Griffey and features portraits of some of the country’s most influential leaders painted between 1847 and 2006.
Contributors include a range of British and New Zealand artists, such as Gottfried Lindauer, Bill Sutton, Peter McIntyre and Sir Edward Halliday.
The exhibition features 40 portraits of major public figures including Queen Victoria, former prime minister Jenny Shipley, Sir Edmund Hillary, Captain Charles Upham and former governor-general Sir Paul Reeves.
Professor Brad Jackson says the subjects all had a cause they stood for and worked diligently toward.
“This exhibition will give both international and local visitors a rare and valuable opportunity to examine their assumptions about what constitutes effective leadership.”
The Power Of Portraiture will be shown in the Auckland University’s Gus Fisher Gallery from today until January 24.
Portrait power: Sir Edmund Hillary’s portrait is among those showing in an exhibition at Auckland University.