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Margel and Tarquin, Canberra

c. 1945
Frank Hinder

pen and ink, brush and ink and pencil on paper (sheet: 24.8 cm x 27.5 cm, image: 21.0 cm x 19.0 cm)

Margel Hinder AM (1906-1995), sculptor, was a native of the USA who trained in Buffalo and Boston in the 1920s. In the early 1930s she married Australian Frank Hinder, who had gone to America to study art. In 1934 they came to Australia, where he joined ‘second-wave modern’ artists including Ralph Balson, Grace Crowley and Rah Fizelle in introducing cubist, abstract and futurist art to Sydney. During the war the couple lived in Canberra, working in the Department of Home Security. Until the 1940s Margel mostly worked in wood, but after the war, her metal constructions became central to the new sculpture movement. In 1953 she was one of several artists who won substantial runner-up prizes in the ‘Unknown Political Prisoner’ competition in London. Wire revolving sculptures that she made in the 1950s evolved into a work for Canberra’s pioneering Monaro Mall in 1963. Her Free Standing Sculpture (1964) clings to the external wall of the Reserve Bank in Martin Place, Sydney; the Captain James Cook Memorial Fountain (1966) in copper, granite and bronze is in Newcastle’s Civic Park; the Sculptured Form (1972) is in Woden Town Square, Canberra.

Margel (pronounced Mar-jel) is pictured at home in Turner with the couple’s cat Tarquin, who often ravaged the stockings of visitors.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ross family in memory of Noel and Enid Eliot 2014
© Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)

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Artist and subject

Frank Hinder (age 39 in 1945)

Margel Hinder AM (age 39 in 1945)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Supported by

Bob Ross (2 portraits supported)

Lindy Ross (2 portraits supported)

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