Peter McLeavey was Wellingtons most loved art dealer. He was famous for the artists he represented, but more than that, he was known for being an ever-present, prestigious figure on Cuba Street, Wellington. Despite his incredible influence in the art world, he never was a pretentious person to meet. He talked politely, and had the old fashioned manners that were of a time where men wore hats and people took tea in the afternoon. He allowed people to see the world, and his art, in their own way. But he encouraged his visitors to the gallery to feel the magic of the work he displayed, so generously with both experts and casual Wellington art lovers alike.
The Dominion Post reported yesterday the following: "McLeavey, 79, died overnight on Thursday after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, but right until the end he kept a keen interest in art and his Wellington gallery. As well as being known for his backing of a young Colin McCahon, McLeavey's landmark gallery, up a narrow staircase on Cuba St, has long been considered Wellington's, if not New Zealand's, most influential dealer gallery."
He was loved in Wellington and will be sorely missed. The mantel has been passed over to his daughter to continue the gallery.