Joan Bullock Morrell

b. 1928d. 2021

Joan Bullock Morrell was one of New Zealand's foremost bronze sculptors. In 1990 she was awarded a Commemoration Medal in recognition of services to the country, and in 1995 a Queen's Service Medal for work in the community. Bullock Morrell created an extensive body of work in her 45-year career. Many are works of self-expression, but she also produced pieces for private collections and for display in public places.

In addition to visual art Bullock Morrell authored seven poetry books and two short story collections. She was a friend to J. K. Baxter, of whom Bullock Morrell was in the process of casting a bronze sculpture for Guyton St Whanganui at the time of her death. Friend Ross Wilson was ready to complete the piece.

In 2013 Joan Bullock Morrell, sculptor, a biography by Valerie Cowan, was published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

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Joan Bullock Morrell, ‘Tainui’ (1978), Rotokawau Virginia Lake Reserve, Whanganui

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021