Juliet Peter (1915-2010) More­pork and Pun­gas, c.1964

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

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.

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