Farewell Inge King
A giant in the history of Australian art has died today. Inge King, halfway between 100 and 101 departed peacefully with her family in Melbourne. I had a privileged and close relationship with this remarkable artist. Her intelligence and no nonsense attitude, accompanied with her kind heart gave me experiences and knowledge that I would never have had without the generosity of her wisdom.
Her sculptures and contribution to the arts in this country and beyond are unquestionably significant. The sculpture ‘Rings of Saturn’ at Heide Museum of Modern Art shows she was an artist on high. It is one of Australia’s great sculptures and fabulously sited. Inge, a liberated woman, a thinker of clarity and a massive achiever. The wellbeing of Australia’s culture is richer for her and she will be sadly missed by those that did and did not know her. Those of us that did were touched by her magic.
Hooray and Respect Inge King. 1915 – 2016
Stuart Purves, 24 April 2016