Winifred Bodle was an artist who exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand during the first half of the 20th Century. Landscapes and street scenes were her primary subjects, captured in oils, watercolours, and sketches during her frequent travels.
Like so many New Zealand born artists of her generation Bodle ventured abroad to pursue art. In 1918 she left Auckland to study painting and commercial art at the London School of Art. Around this period Bodle spent time in St Ives, and in 1921 exhibited a painting of the famed Cornish town (‘Street Scene, St Ives’). According to Art Historian E.H McCormick she met Frances Hodgkins whilst the two artists were in Europe.
When in New Zealand Winifred Bodle made her base in Auckland, taking trips across New Zealand throughout her life and exploring the more rugged areas of the Auckland region.
Bodle was an advocate for Auckland’s beauty. As a young artist she wrote to the New Zealand Herald in praise of the Waitakere Ranges, feeling that Aucklander’s did not appreciate the natural beauty available to them.
“I wonder how many Aucklander’s have seen the moon rise, from the summit of the Waitakere – an unforgettable sight. Or the twinkling line of fairy lamps stretching from Waitemata to Manukau?”
In 1936 she exhibited at Auckland’s Victoria Arcade with over 40 pictures of Auckland land and seascapes.