75 Years of Painting
Born Betty Aislabie on the 16th of April 1920 in Gisborne, Jan Nigro MBE is best known for her figurative paintings, drawings and collages.
There are certain characteristic elements that run through much of Nigro’s work. One of these is her intuitive and uninhibited use of colour – from the rich, subtly varied palette used in the Bathers paintings, to the bright, often violently contrasting colours of her Apple for the Teacher series, exhibited at Jonathan Grant Gallery in 1996.
Nigro studied at Elam from 1936 – 1938, under the aegis of Archibald Fisher, John Weeks and Lois White. Fisher’s teaching emphasized the study of the human figure, a theme that would fascinate the artist throughout her career.
‘For throughout her working life the human figure – and especially the nude – has been the focus of her image making.’
Jan Nigro exhibited on a regular basis in Australia and New Zealand in public & private galleries until her death in 2012.
Book Launch · 75 Years of Painting · 10 October 2017
Based on Nigro’s own memoirs, it tells the life story of a colourful and remarkable New Zealand artist. Over 70 paintings illustrated, spanning all 75 years of her painting career, as well as many family photos.
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Ports of Auckland with Humphrey Bogart
Oil on canvas
85 x 112 cm
Signed & dated 1996
Sleeping Nude on a Striped Towel
Oilstick on paper
52 x 80 cm
Signed & dated 2005
Aspects of Alice A
Oil on canvas
60 x 120 cm
Signed & dated 2001
Figures by a Coast
40 x 50 cm
Signed & dated 2010