Land Girls and Lifesavers

Sally Spicer

Thu 10th Aug 2017 until
Tue 29th Aug 2017

About the Exhibition

Land Girls and Lifesavers explores the lives of New Zealand women during the Second World War. Sally Spicer has used photographs from the time to create paintings and prints, showing women who went to war – nurses or naval officers – or women who worked on the Home Front. Sally’s work venerates the smaller moments in these women’s lives, as mothers, friends and wives, as they go about their daily business. There are the women who fulfilled roles vacated by men – the “land girls” who worked on farms, and the volunteer surf lifesavers. The mundane, the challenging, and the joyful moments are treated with equal respect.

Sally’s works in oil paint re-imagine her subjects in full, rich colour. She pays special attention to fabric and pattern, hinting at her interest in the small details.

The drypoint and linocut prints show a simplified, graphic technique, and Sally’s strong background in drawing. Her endless fascination with people, faces and expressions is explored also, and she enjoyed the opportunity to observe the way faces can differ from era to era.


Exhibition preview and opening – Thursday 10 August, 5.00 – 7.00pm

Exhibition open daily, 11 august – 29 August,  9.30am – 4.30pm


Artist biography

Sally Spicer was born in Whangarei in 1980. Her work is largely figurative portraits painted with oil paints, but she also works in printmaking. Sally is interested in people and faces, exploring roles and relationships, character and mood. There is often a hint of nostalgia and humour in her work. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. Sally worked as a jewellery designer for many years at Jewellers Workshop in Auckland and has completed a design and rendering course at the Peter Minturn Jewellery School. Sally has lived in Whangarei since 2011, mainly painting and printmaking. She has completed several portrait commissions.