Auckland private art collector Enyth Good spent time at the Eastern Southland Gallery last week viewing the Trevor Moffitt paintings she donated to the gallery.
It was the first time Ms Good, who gave her collection of 33 Moffitt paintings to the gallery in 2015, had seen them displayed together.
A small reception was held on Friday to acknowledge Ms Good’s generosity.
She said she enjoyed seeing the paintings in their new home.
“I think it’s great. It’s wonderful, because I could only ever hang one or two on the wall but to see them all hanging there and I know the stories behind them.”
She decided to offer the collection to the gallery after hearing about curator Jim Geddes through art specialist Toby Macalister, of Christchurch.
“It just seemed a shame to break up the collection.
“To me, that Jim liked [the paintings] so much was very gratifying. I was only too delighted to give the collection to somebody who appreciated it. It will be looked after, cared for and loved.”
When she discovered the art work of Gore-born, Waikaia-raised artist Moffitt in the 1970s, it was the narrative quality of the paintings that appealed to her.
“They weren’t just a pretty picture. They told a story,” Ms Good said.
The first painting she bought was The Dux from the series “My Father’s Life”.
“Once you get one, you look for another one.”
She did not have a favourite.
“There’s some I like more than others.”