Vale Kevin Mortensen (1939-2023)

Image above: Kevin Mortensen and Stuart Purves at Australian Galleries Melbourne, 2016

All at Australian Galleries are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kevin Mortensen, who died peacefully in the Wonthaggi Hospital on the morning of Friday 10 November, with his close family by his side.

Kevin has exhibited with us for several decades. He had a unique way of viewing the world and the human condition, a vision which he expressed through extraordinary sculpture, constructions, paintings and etchings.

His exhibitions always brought with them a great intelligence, integrity and the challenge, through his art, of seeing familiar things in a new way through his artistic eye.

The beautiful publication ‘SERIOUS PLAY: The Art of Kevin Mortensen’ by Professor Rob Haysom was released in 2016.

We had the pleasure of exhibiting a magnificent series of Kevin’s work in Melbourne earlier this year, and Stuart was so pleased to meet with Kevin just last week, where the two had the opportunity to thank eachother for the rich history they have shared. Kevin was a highly respected figure in the art world and will be greatly missed.

Kevin Mortensen  Fans in a stream  2020  ink and charcoal on paper   71 x 100 cm

Kevin Mortensen  Early birds  2022  oil on linen  82 x 102 cm

Kevin Mortensen  Climate change (gold) 2022  bronze and paint  64 x 70 x 21 cm

SERIOUS PLAY: The Art of Kevin Mortensen by Professor Rob Haysom