Julia B. Lynch (c1896-1975) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Julia B Lynch was born in Manawatu, New Zealand in 1896.

She studied art under GH Elliott in Palmerston North and then at the Slade School in England from 1921 to 1923, where she won the gold medal for portrait painting, the first New Zealander to do so. Her supervisor was Professor Henry Tonks.

She returned to New Zealand and entered the convent in Wellington in 1924 and became Sister Mary Lawrence of the order of the Sisters of Mercy. She spent the rest of her life teaching and painting at St Mary's College in Wellington.

She was a prolific portrait painter, painting many iconic figures including Jean Batten, Norman Kirk, many All Blacks, Tony O'Reilly, Sir Arthur Porritt and prominent members of Wellington and Palmerston North society.

Her paintings were exhibited at the Paris Salon, in Britain, Rome and the US.

She won the Kelliher Art Prize in New Zealand in 1975 for her portrait of a 'Polish Dancer.' She also painted landscapes, and worked with other art forms such as sculpture, however she is best known as a portrait painter.

She died in Wellington in 1975. Edit or add to this biography

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View Over Wellington Harbour
Oil on canvas, 62.5 x 90 cm
New Zealand & International Fine Art, Dunbar Sloane, Wellington.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings91A$479 N/A
Works on Paper10A$229 N/A

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