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Pioneering is part of who we are

Grace Joel (1865-1924)

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer, Grace Joel, William Sanders, Shona McFarlane to name a few. They lived with passion and purpose, they pushed further, they went beyond the ordinary. That’s exactly what we strive to do, every day, at Ryman. To pioneer a new way of living, for a new retirement generation.

Grace Joel was an early New Zealand painter. She studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and was also taught by Italian artist Girolam Nerli. It is also believed that she was a pupil of Renoir.

Her paintings were regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Societe des artistes Francois in Paris.

One of her best known paintings was entitled “Self Portrait, wearing a Hat.”