Bea Maddock, Australian artist, Died at 81


Beatrice Louise (Bea) Maddock in 1934 and died on April 9, 2016.

She was an Australian artist.

Bea Maddock was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal in 1991.

She was best known as a printmaker, in which area she has had a profound impact on contemporary practice in Australia, combining printing with encaustic painting and installation art to explore the natural environment, Aboriginal Australia, and Australian history.

Bea Maddock was the winner of many prizes and was represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all Australia State galleries, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the USA’s National Gallery in Washington.

She most recent major work, ‘Terra Spiritus, With a Darker Shade of Pale’, is a circumlittoral incised drawing in 51 parts of the entire coastline of Tasmania, each feature labelled with both the English and the aboriginal Tasmanian topographic names.

In that particular pigments used to make the drawing are native Tasmanian ochres.

The staff of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania are currently preparing a catalogue raisonné.

It it said to contain entries on 978 works produced by the artist between 1952 and 1983.

Bea Maddock passed away at 81 yrs old.