His work is installed in the Reserve Bank of Australia in Canberra, features in the Garden courtyard of Australia’s first ‘sky scraper’ the ICI Building in Melbourne, and is featured in Macquarie Place in Sydney and yet he is less well known than he should be.
Former head of UNSW’s School of Art and Emeritus Professor Peter Pinson has written a new book on the influential Australian sculptor Gerald Lewers.
When exhibiting in London as a young Australian artist in 1934, Gerald Lewers was described as a pioneer, an artist “destined to become a powerful influence in the cause of modernism in Australia”.
In this insightful history and evaluation, Peter Pinson confirms this prediction. While tracing some of the challenges and opportunities that Lewers experienced in his lifetime, Pinson brings alive the period in which the sculptor worked. Unable to commit to fulltime sculpture until his retirement in 1951, Lewers soon became known for his use of Australian timbers to capture drama and movement- qualities that also characterise a number of his major commissions, particularly fountains, in which movement and the spill of water are integrated with form.
Gerald Lewers Sculptor will be launched at UNSW Galleries on Wednesday 19 October 6-8pm.
Image: Flight of Birds II 1952, Queensland back bean, 42cm x 142cm, Art Gallery of Western Australia.