The Man and his Gallery


McLeavy Sat Here exhibition

Media Release: April, 2014. 

Opening on 5 April at City Gallery is an exhibition addressing Wellington’s pioneer art dealer, Peter McLeavey. McLeavey Sat Here will feature works by Colin McCahon, Michael Illingworth, Billy Apple, Peter Black, Julian Dashper, L. Budd, Gavin Chilcott and John Reynolds

McLeavey has been in the business since 1966 and has helped make the names of canonical New Zealand modernists (notably Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Gordon Walters, and Milan Mrkusich), as well as subsequent artists (including Robin White, Richard Killeen, Bill Hammond, Jacqueline Fraser, John Reynolds, Julian Dashper, Peter Robinson and Yvonne Todd). Peter McLeavey Gallery is the longest running dealer gallery in New Zealand.

McLeavey Sat Here borrows its title from a 1975 drawing by Colin McCahon, McLeavey’s most celebrated artist, and the exhibition follows on from the popularity of Jill Trevelyan's 2012 biography Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer.

Newly arrived City Gallery Chief Curator Robert Leonard says, “I wanted to explore McLeavey's legendary place in New Zealand art history and how artists have participated in (and responded to) the making of his myth.”

“Peter McLeavey is a local hero, a Wellington phenomenon. I thought it would be good for City Gallery to acknowledge him at this time, given the current excitement around the book. Making the show was also a way for me, personally, to reconnect with the city and its art history,” says Leonard.

Works in the show are borrowed from Te Papa and private lenders.


McLeavey Sat Here
5 April – 15 June
City Gallery Wellington | Free Entry

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Image: Billy Apple, Censure, 1979-82.