Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1929 – United States of America 2005
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, welded steel, patinated
Clement Meadmore began a career as an industrial designer in Melbourne, before starting to exhibit non-figurative metal sculpture in the mid-1950s. At first glance, Cross appears to be fashioned from precariously balanced heavy slabs of iron or bronze. Yet, what look like solid blocks are in reality hollow, like empty boxes with an exterior shell constructed from thin sheets of welded steel. The dark rough texture of the surfaces is a deliberate effect, an expressive gesture of being wrought by the hand of the artist.
Meadmore moved to Sydney in 1960, left for New York in 1963 and became an American citizen in 1976. He remains Australia’s most prominent expatriate sculptor with major public sculptures in Australia and numerous commissions abroad. Virginia,dedicated to a fellow expatriate, the painter Virginia Cuppaidge, was commissioned for the National Gallery of Australia’s sculpture garden, where it is now located with the work of other notable international sculptors.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002