Marple, Rex Arthur Andrews, 1902-1970

Born Blenheim. Self-taught and influenced by Frances Hodgkins. Artist of Nelson. Son of artist Walter Henry Marple. Housemaster at Wellington College, 1944-1945. In December 1944 he came under Vice-Regal patronage because of his original typoglyphs. Taught art at several colleges in Nelson. Art reviewer for the Christchurch Star in the 1950s and 1960s. On selection committee of Nelson Suter Art Society. In 1962, he became sole selector for the Marlborough Art Society. Sales of paintings paid for art study in London & Paris, 1951. Resident in Edward Street, Tahunanui, Nelson, in 1963, when he donated two watercolours to the Alexander Turnbull Library. Married Helene Hoette in 1966. Died in Nelson. (Source of information mostly from self-supplied typed labels on back of a watercolour in the Library's collection)

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Date: 1955 By: Marple, Rex Arthur Andrews, 1902-1970 Ref: B-079-033 Description: A pond in a garden setting, flanked by tree trunks. Painted in semi-abstract style Possibly a Nelson or Marlborough view Inscriptions: Recto - bottom left ...
Date: 1906 By: Marple, Walter Henry, 1876-1942; Marple, Rex Arthur Andrews, 1902-1970 Ref: C-030-021 Description: View of former whaling area Te Awaite, Tory Channel, Marlborough Sounds The Evening Post of 24 June 1963 included an article and photo about this watercolou...