Ans Westra

Ans Westra, born in 1936, in Leiden, Holland, completed a Diploma in Textile Arts at Industrieschool voor Meisjes, Rotterdam. She came to New Zealand in 1957. Ans became a full-time photographer in the early ’60s. In 2004, ‘Handboek: Ans Westra Photographs’ (www.bwx.co.nz/answestra/) opened at the National Library Gallery with an accompanying book and film. This exhibition, curated by Luit Bieringa, toured all the major centres in New Zealand. It was shown in Leiden at the Museum voor Volkenkunde. Ans’ full chronology can be accessed from Handboek.

In recent years Ans has produced several series that she refers to as her ‘creative’ work, including ‘The Pleasure Garden’ ‘1, 11 and 111’, ‘Landscape’ and ‘Fire’. These colour photographs sit alongside her ongoing black and white documentation. In the catalogue for ‘To the Pleasure Garden’, published by FHE Galleries, Ans says “… colour in these images becomes the dominant factor, celebrating the beauty of nature.This work has been healing for my soul and a good counter-balance to my documentation of human life. ”

Vintage, black and white, portrait/documentary photographs are exhibited and stocked with Suite Gallery, Wellington. Some of Ans Westra’s large format colour works are exhibited and stocked at Bowen Galleries.

Exhibitions

About time, 2021
A nod to nature, 2020
Harakeke, 2020
For the love of trees, 2019
Flowers on my mind, 2017
Natural History, 2016
Chooks, 2014
I turn, again, to the landscape, 2013
Hanging together, 2012
Small landscapes, 2012
Fire, 2012
Landscape, 2010
The moment, 2008

Stockroom