So long, Peter McLeavey

The late Peter McLeavey with works by Toss Woolaston, photographed by Marti Friedlander
The late Peter McLeavey with works by Toss Woollaston, photographed by Marti Friedlander

Gentleman of the NZ art world Peter McLeavey has died aged 79.¬† The influential art dealer ran his eponymously titled gallery in Cuba Street, Wellington, for over 40 years.¬† McLeavey sought out and backed young artists including Colin McCahon, Jacqueline Fraser, Laurence Aberhart and Yvonne Todd from the beginning of their careers and became the trusted friend of some of New Zealand’s¬†top practitioners.¬† The gallery will continue to run under the direction of McLeavey’s daughter, Olivia, as it has done for the past few years.

If you want to learn more about Peter McLeavey, LOL recommends the 2009 documentary The Man in The Hat directed by Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here, care of NZ on Screen.

So long, Peter McLeavey