Melvin Day

Melvin Day (1923- ) began formal art training when only twelve, and graduated from the Auckland University School of Fine Arts in 1941. After service during World War II, he settled in Rotorua, where he shared a studio with a keen amateur painter and produced several Maori portraits. In 1951 Day travelled in Italy, Spain and France, and returned to New Zealand to begin study at Victoria University, following which he went to the Courtauld Institute to read in the history of European art, graduating in 1966. Day exhibited in the UK and lectured there before appointment to the Directorship of the National Art Gallery in Wellington in 1968.