Vale: Sydney Ball

We farewell Adelaide-born abstract painter Sydney Ball (1933–2017), who passed away in March. Ball moved to New York in 1962 where, through his studies, he was exposed to the rise of Abstract Expressionism, rubbing shoulders with Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning. Returning to Australia three years later, he…

Vale: Win Schubert, AO

It was with deep sadness that the Gallery – and the greater Queensland arts community – said farewell to one of its greatest supporters and friends, Mrs Win Schubert, AO, following her recent passing. Mrs Schubert was one of the most generous benefactors in the QAGOMA Foundation’s 37 year history. Her inspiring patronage – which spanned over…

Vale: Leonard French, OBE, and Peter Travis, AM

Signwriter turned painter Leonard French (1928–2017) passed away in January, aged 88. French was an influential artist over a career that spanned six decades, including five years in the 1960s that he spent working on a 50-colour glass ceiling for the NGV’s Great Hall — the artist’s first time working in the medium and considered one of the world’s largest stained-glass ceilings, wrote…

Vale: Inge King

The Gallery is saddened by the recent passing of renowned German-born Australian sculptor Inge King in Melbourne on 24 April 2016. A pioneer of Australian contemporary sculpture, King moved to Australia in 1951 and was a founding member of the Centre Five group of sculptors who came to prominence in Melbourne in the 1960s and…

Vale: Bea Maddock

The Gallery acknowledges and is saddened by the recent passing of Beatrice (Bea) Maddock in Launceston, Tasmania on 9 April 2016. Maddock, one of Australia’s much loved and respected contemporary artists was awarded the Order of Australia in 1991. Between 1993 and 1998 Maddock created TERRA SPIRITUS … with a darker shade of pale, a…