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

Peter McLeavey, NZOM

Peter McLeavey (image courtesy of Street and City Photos)

Wellington dealer Peter McLeavey was today made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the arts.  McLeavey started out selling work by the likes of Toss Woolaston, Colin McCahon and Gordon Walters from the bedroom of his flat in Wellington and has now run his influential Cuba Street Gallery for over 40 years.  In 2009 McLeavey was the subject of ‘The Man in the Hat’, a documentary directed Luit Bieringa that you can watch online here thanks to New Zealand on Screen.

Peter McLeavey, NZOM