Joan Fear

Joan Fear, one of Hamilton's best known painters was brought up in Raglan, joined the Waikato Society of Arts as a young woman, and had her first solo exhibition in 1965. She was also a member of the studio art group, along with artists like Para Matchitt and Ray Starr, who were pioneering advocates of modern art. Her work ranges across several genres: portraits, landscapes, still life and large scale studies of rural and urban life.

Fear's work features in many collections including Waikato Museum and University, The High Court, Gallagher Group, Beattie Rickman, Hamilton City Council, Central Library, Waikato Hospital as well as many private collections both in New Zealand and overseas.