These gouache studies for a mural triptych to be painted at a hotel built by the Tourist Hotel Corporation at Milford Sound show Russell Clark’s ability to combine European modernist shape and structure with Māori motifs. It appears that the mural does not survive.
Russell Stuart Cedric Clark was a New Zealand artist, illustrator, sculptor and university lecturer. He was born in Christchurch, North Canterbury, New Zealand, on 27 August 1905. He attended Canterbury College School of Art from 1922 to 1928. He was an Official War Artist for New Zealand during the Second World War.