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Pioneering is part of who we are

Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947)

Pioneering is part of who we are. That’s why each Ryman village is named after a Kiwi or Aussie trailblazer, Frances Hodgkins, Anthony Wilding, 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.

Frances Hodgkins was born in Dunedin in 1869. She travelled and painted throughout New Zealand and Europe. During the second World War, critics in London were describing her as a ‘master colourist’ and one of the most remarkable women painters of the time.

Frances pursued a long and venturesome painting career, much admired by her peers.