Eleanor File (1918-2009) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Eleanor Alice File was born in Auckland New Zealand, on 26 December 1918.

She studied art at The Elam School of Art in Auckland. She was a member of the Wellington Art Club but then founded the Wellington Watercolour Society out of frustration that the club members were not interested in watercolours.

She exhibited frequently at the Kelliher Art Award held in Auckland between 1956 and 1977, in which entrants were encouraged to “paint the visible aspect of New Zealand’s landscape and coastal scenes in a realistic and traditional way”.

She was prolific on her ooutput and painted at a rate of two or more works per week over a long period.

Eleanor File died at Pakuranga, Auckland on 27 September 2009, aged 91.

Contributed by Rajpal (Nicholas) File (son) 20 October 2016 Edit or add to this biography

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Looking Up Cuba Street
Watercolour, 32 x 46 cm
Dunbar Sloane, Wellington.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings10A$47 N/A
Works on Paper50A$58 N/A

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