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Rudy Komon, c. 1970

Lewis Morley

type C photograph (sheet: 40.3 cm x 30.2 cm, image: 30.4 cm x 30.2 cm)

Rudy Komon (1908-1982) was an art dealer and gallery director. After working as a journalist in Czechoslovakia, where he served with the Czech resistance during the war, he emigrated to Sydney and opened an antique store. In 1958 he converted a former wine shop in Woollahra into an art gallery. His instinct for European marketing techniques was a revelation and a gift to Australian artists. Through promoting their work, he significantly influenced the careers of several generations of painters, including John Brack, Jon Molvig, John Olsen, Fred Williams, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Brett Whiteley. A generous benefactor to art institutions, Komon was also a legendary entertainer, and a serious connoisseur of Australian wines. The Rudy Komon Memorial Perpetual Trophy is awarded annually at the Sydney Royal Wine Show.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.53

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 45 in 1970)

Rudy Komon (age 62 in 1970)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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