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Clement Meadmore

c. 1978
Lewis Morley

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 27.8 cm x 35.4 cm, image: 23.8 cm x 35.4 cm)

Clement Meadmore (1929-2005), sculptor, was born in Melbourne and studied aeronautical engineering and industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Before completing his studies he left the Institute to work as an industrial designer, creating furniture known for its simple and open structure while sculpting in his free time. After extensive travel in Europe in 1953 he produced his first commercial sculptures, which included large abstract pieces influenced by the monoliths of Stonehenge. In 1963, unable to make a living from his work in Australia, he relocated to New York, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life, apart from a year-long return to Australia to work as photo editor for Vogue magazine. Meadmore sculptures stand on the campuses of Princeton and Columbia universities and he is represented in New York’s Metropolitan Museum and other major American galleries. There are several of his colossal works in Canberra; one stands in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Australia and others occupy the forecourt of the Barton Offices on Kings Avenue, and the grounds of Government House. Though huge, they suggest weightlessness and potential. ‘I'm not interested in metaphors of infinity or of anything else,’ he told Time magazine in 1971. ‘I have to start with a real object, a thing - and then try to let it transcend its physicality.’

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 53 in 1978)

Clement Meadmore (age 49 in 1978)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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