- c. 1928
- Gift of William A Sutton, 1983
- 126 x 154mm
Like several members of the exclusively male Quoin Club, Hilda Wiseman began her career as a commercial artist working for an advertising agency in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She also attended the Elam School of Art. Inspired by the prints being produced by Quoin Club members, but only permitted to access the Club as a visitor and not a member, Hilda forged her own path and went on to become one of Aotearoa’s leading printmakers of her generation. Hilda was one of the earliest artists to work with the linocut, producing her first work in 1925. It quickly became a medium she favoured, and she produced several iconic examples of printmaking in this country, including Huias. Among her output was a limited edition book of native birds she began working on in 1942 featuring twenty linocuts hand-printed on handmade paper. While many of the prints were editioned by Hilda, the book was unfortunately never published – most likely due to paper shortages during World War II.
Ink on Paper: Aotearoa New Zealand Printmakers of the Modern Era, 11 February – 28 May 2023