b. 1932d. 2014
Graeme Mudge was born in Roxburgh, but settled in Tairāwhiti in 1963 to teach art at local high schools. He also ran very successful painting workshops for the Artists’ Society.
He is well recognised locally for a number of public murals created in the late 1980s through to the 2000s, which still adorn prominent sites. These have been documented in a book The Mudge Murals (2022) by Mark Peters.
Mudge assisted many local theatre groups with set painting and design, from backdrops for large-scale productions, to many small and detailed interior sets.
In 2012 his work for the arts was recognised with a Queens Service Medal.