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Lyndon Dadswell

1908 – 1986

Lyndon Dadswell CMG (1908-1986) studied at the Julian Ashton School before working with Rayner Hoff from 1926 to 1929 and Paul Montford from 1929 to 1935. In 1933 he won the Wynne Prize, and was awarded a scholarship that enabled him to study at the RA Schools in London and travel in Germany and Italy. After war service, including a period as an official war artist, he made the King George Memorial in Sydney in 1945. Ten years later, he completed the Newcastle Memorial before taking up grants to study in the USA, UK and Europe. Between 1947 and 1984 he held solo exhibitions with Rudy Komon and at the David Jones and Woolloomooloo galleries, and his modernist sculptures excited some public controversy. He taught at the National Art School in Sydney from 1937 to 1966, heading the school from 1966 to 1967. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the AGNSW in 1978. The following year Margel Hinder observed that 'there is hardly a sculptor in Sydney who is not indebted to Lyndon in some measure'.

Updated 2018