Cyril Whiteoak-Lake Wakatipu Queenstown


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Cyril Whiteoak-Lake Wakatipu Queenstown

Watercolour framed size 510mm x 670mm $650.00

Paintings and sketches by the late landscape artist Cyril Whiteoak are owned by collectors throughout the world.

Mr Whiteoak, who died on December 11 2010 after a short illness, aged 89, was a keen traveller.

But the bush and Manukau Harbour views from his Titirangi home studio also inspired his work.

He spent 30 years teaching at The Auckland Society of Arts and toured New Zealand as a roving tutor, eventually winning a Bledisloe Award for services to the industry.

Mr Whiteoak was born in England to a farming family and was artistic from the age of 14.

He created the remembrance book at Bradford Cathedral in west Yorkshire during his youth.

He trained as an artist and gained high results in a City and Guilds of London Institute exam.

Mr Whiteoak was made a Freeman of City London for his efforts - a traditional English honour dating back to medieval times.

He served in the Royal Air Force as a medical attendant during World War Two and spent time in Egypt where he covered hospital walls with murals.

He came to New Zealand in the late 1950s after a brief stint in Australia with his only brother John.

Mr Whiteoak then moved to Titirangi and met his first wife Martha.

The pair enjoyed many trips to places like India, Afghanistan and Europe before Martha's death from cancer in the 1980s.

Mr Whiteoak married Dorothy-Anne in 1987 and the pair toured China, America and Siberia.

He also enjoyed opera music, science, astronomy and fishing.

Mr Whiteoak was a member of West Auckland Historical Society and the learning network University of Third Age.