Melvin Norman "Pat" Day (1923 - 2016) Started his artistic training in 1934, when as a 11 year-old school boy he began attending Saturday morning classes aheld a Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.
Seven decades later -- after serving in the RNZAF during World War II, studying as the first New Zealander London's prestigious Courtaluld Institue and then teaching overseas, serving as Director of the National Art Gallery (now Te Papa) and as Governement Art Historian -- Day continued to paint well into his eightys. In 2003 he was created a CNZM in regonition of his outstanding contribution and services to New Zealand art.
On the occassion of a survey show of Day's work in 2004, City Gallery Wellington curator Gregory O'Brien said "Working across the genres of still-life, landscape and abstraction, Day is at once radical and a traditionalist -- a painter of strikingly modern works wich incorporate forms and ideas derived from his study of the Renaissance."
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