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Ivor Hele

1912 – 1993

Sir Ivor Hele was born and died in South Australia. Australia's longest serving official war artist, he recorded military life and death in North Africa, New Guinea and Korea. The Australian War Memorial holds the majority of his works - intimate landscapes, massive battle-pieces and sensitive drawings in chalk. His post-war paintings were occasionally shown at the Advertiser's open-air art exhibitions, and his last solo exhibition was during the 1970 Adelaide Festival of the Arts. Although Hele painted landscapes (mostly of the rocky southern coast of South Australia) and made many thousands of erotic paintings and drawings, he was best known as a portrait painter. He was much in demand as an official portraitist and he won the Archibald Prize five times between 1951 and 1957, most notably with his portrait of Sir Robert Menzies in 1954 and a self-portrait in 1957.

Updated 2018