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Marilynn Webb

Marilynn Webb

Born (1937-09-11) 11 September 1937 (age 81)
Auckland, New Zealand
ResidenceDunedin, New Zealand
EducationOpotiki College, Ardmore Teachers’ College, University of Auckland, Dunedin Teachers' College, University of Otago
Known forPainting, printmaking
AwardsOfficer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM)
Frances Hodgkins Fellowship (1974)

Marilynn Lois Webb ONZM (born 11 September 1937) is a New Zealand artist. Her works are held in art collections in New Zealand, the United States, and Norway.


Marilynn Webb was born 11 September 1937 in Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand, daughter of Trevor James Webb and Elizabeth Vaiven Webb, née Turner.[1][2] She is of Māori (Ngāti Kahu, Te Roroa) and European descent.[3]

Marilynn Webb is the direct descendant of Moe Ngaherehere, the 47th signatory of the Treaty of Waitangi [Ngaherehere; Pickering; Turner; Webb]. She was raised in Opotiki, where she attended primary and secondary school.

Her son, Benedict Ben Webb, was also an artist.[4]


Webb studied at Opotiki College, Ardmore Teachers' College, and the University of Auckland. From 1957 she studied at the Dunedin Teachers' College. She trained under the Arts Advisory Scheme and worked as an arts adviser for the Department of Education in Auckland and Northland, and the Northern Māori Project.[5][6] In 1974 she began the development of her pastel work at the University of Otago.[2]


Webb is known for her printmaking and has also created paintings, pastels, and hand-coloured works. Her art explores concepts of land, ecology, politics, women in art, and Māori and post-colonial history. Her landscapes reflect her passionate environmentalism and include depictions of Lake Mahinerangi, the Ida Valley, Fiordland, and Stewart Island.[2] Working closely with the Eastern Southland Gallery, and Southland Museum & Art Gallery provided the opportunity to work with the wider Southland Community. The Southland Art Foundation project Hodges, to Hodgkins to Here and In Hodges Wake provided the opportunity to work closely with the Department of Conservation where she explored Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound, in particular. She formed part of the artist team who worked on the Southland Art Foundation project [Rakiura] in 2000, and was part of the Department of Conservation project Tamatea, which highlighted the fragility of the Dusky Sound ecology.

Webb has exhibited prolifically and been involved in over 180 exhibitions and over 35 curated exhibitions/symposiums,[7] including internationally in Australia, United States, India, Japan, Yugoslavia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom.[8][6]

Specifically she has exhibited with:

Works by Webb are held in the collections of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,[16] Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,[3] Norwegian Contemporary Graphic Museum, and the US Library of Congress.[2]

She is the author, with Bridie Lonie, of the book Marilynn Webb: Prints and Pastels.[17]

Webb has taught art for over thirty years at secondary and tertiary levels in Dunedin. From 1988, she lectured in printmaking at the Otago Polytechnic School of Art and in 2004 was made an emeritus principal lecturer at the school. She has served as a member of the National Education Monitoring Project for the Ministry of Education, the university's Educational Assessment Research Unit, and is a governor of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.[2]


In 1974 she was awarded the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.[18] She was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to art and art education.[19] She received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Otago in 2010.[2]

In 2011 Marilynn Webb was awarded Nga Tohu a Ta Kingi Ihaka for her lifetime of achievement in art and leadership as a Maori artist at the Creative New Zealand Te Waka Toi Awards.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Webb, Marilynn". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Otago honours leading artist Marilynn Webb". University of Otago. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Marilynn Webb". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ Benson, Nigel (26 February 2009). "Prince of dark arts". Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Marilynn Webb". University of Otago. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Marilynn Webb". Gallery De Novo. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Marilynn Webb". Ocula. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Marilynn Webb". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  9. ^ 2017, Encode Ltd, 2005 -. "Artists exhibited with New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  10. ^ Kay, Robin; Eden, Tony (1983). Portrait of a Century: The History of the N.Z. Academy of Fine Arts, 1882-1982. Millwood Press. ISBN 0908582609.
  11. ^ "The Group 1927 - 1977: an annotated bibliography - Heritage - Christchurch City Libraries". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  12. ^ "The Group 1970". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  13. ^ "The Group 1974". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  14. ^ "The Group 1975". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  15. ^ "The Group 1976". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Marilynn Webb". Auckland Art Gallery. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  17. ^ Webb, Marilynn; Lonie, Bridie. Marilynn Webb: Prints and Pastels. ISBN 9781877276361.
  18. ^ "The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  19. ^ "New Year Honours List 2000". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  20. ^ Benson, Nigel (8 September 2011). "Print maker celebrated with award". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  21. ^ Marilynn Webb - Te Waka Toi Awards 2018 (Video). New Zealand: Creative New Zealand. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2019.

Further reading

Artist files for Marilynn Webb are held at:

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