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Sam Cairncross

 (1913 - 1976)
Sam Cairncross was active/lived in New Zealand.  Sam Cairncross is known for street scene, still life, figure, portrait painting.

Sam Cairncross

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Sam Cairncross was born at Marton, New Zealand in 1913.  He attended art classes at Wellington Technical College and took up painting seriously in 1942.  In 1947 he was awarded a French Government scholarship to study in Paris where he briefly attended Andre L'hote's studio and visited galleries and other artist's studios.  He returned to Wellington in 1948 having visited London and New York.

Specializing in Wellington street scenes at a time when other painters were more interested in empty landscapes, by the late 1980s his work was keenly sought for its evocation of the buildings and fashions of an earlier era.  He worked as a part time art teacher for adult art classes in the Wellington area.

His vigorous brushwork and bright colours put him among the Wellington Moderns whose work was somewhat resisted by the mild realistic modernism of the Academy of Fine Arts.


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Self Portrait (1949)

About  Sam Cairncross

Born:  1913 - Marton, New Zealand
Died:   1976
Known for:  street scene, still life, figure, portrait painting