Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 10 June 8, 1938
An occasional landscape in watercolour can be vigorous and refreshing. T. A. McCormack achieves this by using a strong rhythm of line and colour and an elimination of detail. His "Hawke's Hay Hills" and "The Road to the Bridge" are a delight. Fresh, personal and tense, they draw one back again and again. Nugent Welch, with less rhythm and more subtle lighting effects, does the same. His skies and trees are lovely.
Possibly the most refreshing watercolour stylist hung this year. Angus Gray, with his two harbour scenes and a pine tree, has made a corner or real interest. His pictures ate delicate and sure, and they do convey an atmosphere. His technique and point or view are individual and unhampered. It is a pity that only three exhibits come from his brush.
In oils. John S. Barraud has achieved an effect reminiscent of Van Gogh, both in technique and colouring. "Spring Sunshine" and "Sunlit Valley" have a quality and vitality rare in this class. The delicate constructional balance of these two studies is particularly noteworthy, although it is the colour that first attracts attenion.