Jacqueline Fahey

Trail-blazing Auckland writer and painter.


Jacqueline Fahey was born in Timaru in 1929. A distinguished artist, especially known for her paintings of domestic and suburban life, she is also a writer.

Fahey was one of the first New Zealand artists to work explicitly from a woman’s perspective and in the late 1980s she became an influential lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University. Fahey was selected to represent New Zealand at the 1985 Sydney Perspecta and her work was included in the 2007 exhibition 100 Feminist Painters at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Also a novelist, Fahey published a best-selling memoir, Something for the Birds, with Auckland University Press in 2006.

She lives in Auckland, not far from Grey Lynn Park.