11 April 1910|
|Died||30 August 1998
Sir Mountford Tosswill "Toss" Woollaston (11 April 1910 – 30 August 1998) was one of the most important New Zealand painters of the 20th century.
In 1934 he settled at Mapua, near Nelson, and married Edith Alexander two years later. They became part of a circle of local artists and writers which included Colin McCahon. After World War II the Woollastons moved to Greymouth, and the landscape of the West Coast became a major feature in his art.
It was only from the 1960s that Woollaston was able to paint full-time; previously he had taken numerous part time jobs to support himself and his family.
As well as painting, Woollaston wrote, poetry in particular having been a lifelong passion. His books included The Far-away Hills in 1960, and Sage Tea (his autobiography) in 1980.
Woollaston died in Upper Moutere on August 30, 1998 at the age of 88.
- Works at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki: Works by M T Woollaston
- Toss Woollaston, Landscape With Fire (1960), Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington
- Barnett, Gerald. "Mountford Tosswill Woollaston". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.
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