John Gibb

John Gibb was born in Scotland, receiving formal training from Greenock artist, John McKenzie. He exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy from 1863 and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1867. Following the death of three daughters, he immigrated to New Zealand in 1876, establishing a studio on Worcester Street in Christchurch. 

Throughout the 1880s he was recognised as one of the country’s leading landscape and marine painters, favouring views of the Estuary and ships wrecked at sea. Gibb interpreted the New Zealand landscape through the conventions of academic realism and Scottish romanticism, making it familiar to colonial society.