Doris Lusk (1916-90) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Doris Lusk was born in Dunedin, the youngest daughter of an architect, Thomas Younger Lusk. Drawing and painting were major interests during her childhood spent in a rural area bordering the Waikato River just outside Hamilton.

With the advent of the Great Depression the family returned to Dunedin. Doris Lusk attended Otago Girls' High School and enrolled herself in the art school of King Edward Technical College in order to pursue her ambition of becoming a painter. Here she met Anne Hamblett ( later to marry Colin McCahon ) and was taught by Charlton Edgar and R.N. Field. Another influence was the English painter Russell Clark at that time employed as a commercial artist by the printing and publishing firm, John McIndoe. Lusk attended his life drawing classes and was an active participant in the lively art scene which grew up around this romantic figure.

In 1942 Doris Lusk moved to Christchurch where she lived for the rest of her life. She became involved with a highly influential association of artists know as "The Group".

She worked as a commercial artist for three years before teaching painting privately and in schools, and later being appointed lecturer at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts. Lusk has painted in oil and watercolour and exhibits with the Christchurch Group. Her work is widely represented in New Zealand collections.

She died in 1990. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Landscape - French Bay, Titirangi
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Landscape - French Bay, Titirangi
Oil on board, 76 x 93 cm
Fine New Zealand Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Photography, Mossgreen-Webb's (formerly Webb's), Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings3627A$51,699 N/A
Works on Paper9866A$19,646 A$3,393
Prints & Graphics11A$324 N/A
Objects10A$1,004 N/A

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