John Gibb

John Gibb (1831-1909), father of W M Gibb, studied art in his native Scotland before arriving in New Zealand in 1876 as a painter who immediately set up a studio in Christchurch.

He specialised in marine works, and exhibited widely throughout his lifetime including the St Louis Exposition of 1904. A founder member of the Canterbury Society of Arts, he is regarded as a major nineteenth century New Zealand painter, and is represented in galleries throughout the country. Prints of two of Gibb’s paintings which were in the collection of the founders of NZ Fine Prints at the time were published a few years ago and the Cave Rock, Sumner print has suddenly become popular again after the Christchurch earthquakes changed this coastline dramatically.

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