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The Hinders: doyens of Australian modernism

‘A husband who would rather have his wife carve than cook is good fortune, indeed’, noted the ‘subversive’ line in a 1939 Sydney Morning Herald story on young ‘sculpturess’ Margel Hinder.

1Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945. 2Self portrait, 1949. Both Frank Hinder. © Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)

Frank and Margel Hinder met in America at the end of the Roaring Twenties. Young art students embracing the innovations of modernism, they fell in love and got married, with Frank bringing American Margel back home to Australia. Proponents of the philosophies inherent in abstraction, their careers as artists grew – exhibiting, winning prizes and commissions, and contributing to a strong, dynamic cohort of likeminded artists.  The Hinders were married for 62 years; their enduring relationship spanned decades through supported individualism and collaboration, and while they were committed to their creative practices, they also taught the next generations of Australia’s artists. In these two intimate studies, Frank hints at their respective creative tenets: his own background in draughtsmanship and interest in objective order, and Margel’s focus on movement through simplicity of line and form.

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Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder

Frank and Margel Hinder

In Conversation: virtual event

Fri 27 Nov
12:30pm

Join Sandra Bruce, Director Collection & Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, as she explores the progressive and successful relationship of artists and couple Margel and Frank Hinder.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.