Since European settlement, images of the landscape have been the most popular painting subject in New Zealand. At first, the land was recorded for topographical purposes. In the late 19th century, as photography became more available as a medium, artists began to push the boundaries in how they depicted, or interpreted, the land.
Landscape, as a painting genre, remains popular to the present day. The selection of works on exhibition have been given the title Land[e]scape for each represents a departure in some form from the traditional nuances of landscape imagery.