Edward Bullmore: Life Studies 

A suite of life studies painted by Edward Bullmore mainly during his time in London, during the 1960s.

Edward Bullmore (1933 - 78) taught to support his art career and his first teaching post was at Tauranga Boys' College in the late 1950s, during which time he held his first solo exhibition as guest artist of the Tauranga Art Society.

Wanting to learn and develop his art career further, Bullmore spent most of the 1960s in Europe where he enjoyed exhibition success in several private and public British galleries. During this time he continued teaching art to support his family. These works have been sketched by Bullmore alongside his students during their life drawing classes.

Bullmore grew homesick for New Zealand and returned in 1969 to teach in Rotorua until his death in 1978, aged only 45.

In 2006, his widow Jacqueline, gifted a large collection of his works to the Tauranga Art Gallery in memory of the time he spent in Tauranga as a teacher and emerging artist.

The works are from the collections of Jacqueline Bullmore and The Tauranga Art Gallery Trust, and have been selected for the exhibition by Penelope Jackson and Bullmore's daughter, Marianna.