Saturday, August 20, 2011

About Inge King

Inge King is a prominent Australian sculptor, who has many significant public, commercial and private sculpture commissions to her credit.

Inge Studied sculpture with Hermann Nonnenmacher (1892–1988) during 1936-37, and in October 1937 she was admitted to the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts. She was forced to leave the academy a year later, shortly before Kristallnacht. In 1939 Inge travelled to England, and spent two terms at the Royal Academy London until it was closed due to war-time bombing. Inge joined that sculpture classes of Benno Schotz at the Glasgow School of Art in 1941 and stayed until 1943. Inge met her husband, the Australian artist Grahame King, at The Abbey Arts Centre in Hertfordshire, England and they were married in 1950. Grahame and Inge returned to Australia and the settled in Melbourne in 1951.

Mrs. King has been at the forefront of developing non-figurative sculpture in Australia. She was a member of The Centre 5 group of sculptors grew from a 1961 meeting convened by Julius Kane in Melbourne to, 'help foster greater public awareness in contemporary sculpture in Australia'. Members of the Centre 5 group are included Lenton Parr, Inge King, Norma Redpath, Julius Kane, Vincas Jomantas, Clifford Last and Teisutis Zikaras.

Many of her large scale works are found in public plazas, including Forward Surge, 1974 at the Victorian Arts Centre and on numerous university campuses. Inge has held over 26 solo exhibitions including a retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1992, and has participated in over 60 group shows in London, New York, Australia and New Zealand.

Forward Surge :
Inge's most famous sculpture is the monumental Forward Surge at the Melbourne Art Centre. It is made from 50mm mild steel and stands 5.2m high, 15.1m wide and 13.7m deep. The sculpture was commissioned by the Victorian Arts Centre in 1974; construction was completed in 1976 and the work was installed in its present position in 1981. More images

Forward Surge is the major sculptural draw card for the Arts Centre precinct and one of our most prominent and valued works of art. It has been listed on the National Trust Register since 1992, and is noted by the National Trust as King's "most monumental work of art, and probably most significant"