Margot Philips


Landscape by Margot Philips

Artwork Detail

Margot Philips depicted the lush Waikato countryside as a largely empty space, except for the occasional farmhouse or stand of trees. Some have read the sense of isolation her work conveys as reflecting her experiences as a Jewish émigré; of someone who sees her adopted homeland as uninhabited and lonely. Philips fled Europe with members of her family and arrived in New Zealand in 1938. A largely self-taught artist, Philips attended several summer schools with Colin McCahon during the 1950s where he encouraged her to experiment, to pursue her own directions – a maxim which she followed with powerful results. Philips’ closely scrutinised the verdant Waikato, depicting the rolling country in finely knitted together layers of green.

Margot Philips
Production date
circa 1955
oil on card
385 x 540 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2021
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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