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"Sculpture is drawing from a thousand different angles" - Inge King

Vibrant, articulate and passionate - Inge King is one of Australia’s foremost sculptors. Her work has always been on a grand scale. Her public sculptures invite exploration - to walk through, slide down, sit on or just canoodle around.

This insightful portrait of sculptor, Inge King reveals the creative processes involved in making her large public sculptures. Featuring fascinating early footage and recent interviews this film chronicles her life's work and vision.

Inge King was born in Berlin in 1918. She studied sculpture at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts but was forced to flee in 1939. She continued her studies in the UK, later marrying an Australian painter, Grahame King she met in an artist’s colony outside London. King arrived in Melbourne in 1951 to find that modern sculpture hadn’t shown its face. It was tough going at first, but this determined woman managed to raise a young family and made striking modern jewellery to supplement the family income.

Welded steel became her medium in 1959, influenced by her engagement with Abstract Expressionism in New York and she began creating non-representational sculpture inspired by the Australian bush.

In 1971 King finally got her first big break, with a large-scale, site-specific, public sculpture in Canberra. Reaction was polarised and the critics were vocal - abstract sculpture was completely alien and puzzled them. Despite the outcry the tide was turning - modernist sculpture was finding acceptance and some recognition.

A life-long desire to work in bronze was realised in 1990, along with a new zest for life. The joie- de-vivre invested in King’s work is palpable. "When you have lived a long time, you cherish what you have had and you celebrate life" - she says

Produced and directed by Amanda King.

Inge King (born November 26, 1918) 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 the 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 they 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 which 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 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.

In 2009 she was awarded by the Australian Arts Council ‘The Visual Arts Emeritus Award which recognises Inge’s pivotal role in raising the profile of modern sculpture in this country,’ In July 2009, her solo show “Sculpture: Maquettes and Recent Work” opened at Australian Galleries and a book “Inge King: Small Sculptures and Macquettes” by Judith Trimble and Ken McGregor was published by Palgrave Macmillan in their Mini-Art Series Number Ten. Dr Judith Trimble wrote a comprehensive book about Inge’s work, Inge King Sculptor published by Craftsman House in 1996.

Titles of Inge King’s Sculptures in A Thousand Different Angles (in order of appearance):
SUN RIBBON (1980 - 82) The University of Melbourne
FORWARD SURGE (1974 -1982) Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
CRIMSON MANDALA (1988) Bendigo Art Gallery
GRAND ARCH (1983-2001) Art Gallery of Ballarat
SENTINEL (2000) Manningham City Council, Victoria
RINGS OF SATURN (2006) Heide Museum of Modern Art
WARSAW (1943-1945) National Gallery of Australia
FIGURE IN OAK (1949) National Gallery of Australia
RECLINING TORSO (1947-48) Collection of the artist
BUSH FAMILY (1960-61) Mildura Arts Centre - Photographer: George Tugen
EISENWALD (1969) Collection of the artist
ENCOUNTER (1968) La Trobe University
TENEMENT (1964-65) National Gallery of Victoria
FLIGHT ARRESTED (1964) McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria
RAAF MEMORIAL (1971-73) Australian War Memorial, Canberra
DIALOGUE OF CIRCLES (1976) La Trobe University, Victoria
AWAKENING (1988) Burwood Council, Sydney
BLACK SUN (1975) Australian National University, Canberra
INQUISITIVE ANGEL (2003) Collection of the artist
JOIE DE VIVRE (1989-1990) Orica House, Knight Frank
RINGS OF SATURN (2006) Heide Museum of Modern Art

"This profile of Inge King’s career and support for modernism in large-scale, site-specific works, is filled with zest." - Doug Anderson; Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 30th March 2010

"This is an absolutely great piece of television, really, really strong character and a really, really strong narrative – I felt we went somewhere." - Michael Idato; Sydney Morning Herald, Random on Purpose, Tuesday 30th March 2010

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