Robert N. Field (1899 - 1987 ) came to New Zealand in 1925 having received five years' training at Bromley and other Schools of Art in England, and a further five years' at the Royal College of Art. He gained the Diploma of the Royal College of Art in both painting and sculpture. His work included portraits and landscapes as well as modelling and carving. Field worked as an art teacher at the Dunedin Technical College, Colin McCahon once wrote "The painter's life to me was exemplified by the life and work of R.N. Field" and Field's paintings were described by Toss Woollaston in glowing terms "His pictures, brilliant and heady, were painted with jewel like, full-sized brush strokes, or with rainbow-like spots and scales of pure paint shimmering on unpainted backgrounds of wood or canvas."
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