Rita Angus: Life & Vision

'As a woman painter I work to represent love of humanity & faith in mankind in a world which is to me richly variable & infinitely beautiful.'
Artist's statement / Year Book of the Arts in New Zealand, 1947

This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Rita Angus’s art in more than 25 years. Many of her works have helped to form part of our visual identity as New Zealanders. The 200 works on display* reveal the themes of identity, spirituality, and nature that were central to her vision, and show how her commitment to pacifism and her strong feminist beliefs profoundly influenced her work.


Self-portrait 1929
Cass  1936

Early Years 1929-39

According to Rita Angus’s mother, ‘Rita drew as soon as she could hold a pencil and never stopped.’ Even as a child... more>
Self-portrait 1929
Rutu  1951

A Pacifist Vision 1938-58

Rita Angus was a pacifist and deeply opposed to World War II. She refused to work in a factory to support... more>
Flight 1968-69
Flight  1968-69

Later Journeys 1958-70

In 1955, Rita Angus settled in Wellington. Her inner-city home provided tranquillity, but she continued... more>

* On this website and in the version of the exhibition that was on view at Te Papa.

All artworks are reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus.