Juliet Peter (1915-2010) Morepork and Pungas, c.1964
Artist Judith Eleanor Jane Cowan, known as Juliet Peter, was born at Anama in rural Mid Canterbury in 1915.
She studied at Canterbury College School of Art and Hammersmith School of Art in London.
From 1947 until 1960 she worked for the Department of Education in their School Publication branch as an illustrator and a designer.
While working for the Department of Education she met artist Roy Cowan, who she later married in 1952.
In the 2000 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts.
Peter’s work demonstrates a strong interest in social and environmental issues and her subject matter is wide-ranging.
Currently on exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery is a lithograph by Peters entitled Morepork and Pungas, which demonstrates Peters’ love for New Zealand’ unique landscape and animals.
Peter’s lithograph Morepork and Pungas is on show as part of the Gallery 91 exhibition at the Aigantighe Art Gallery until January 21.