Inge King, German-born Australian sculptor, Died at 100

Inge King was born on November 26, 1915, and died on April 24, 2016.

He was a German-born Australian sculptor.

King received many significant public commissions.

Her work was held in public and private collections.

King was mostly known for her work ‘Forward Surge’ (1974) at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

Inge became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January 1984.

She was influenced both by mediaeval sculpture and by Expressionist sculpture, an important part of German avant-garde art, and particularly by the work of the wood-carver, Ernst Barlach (1870–1938).

However, the Nazis considered such art to be decadent (entartete Kunst) and later attempted to suppress it.

Inge King went to see the artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), whose work she admired.

Various selection from King’s large-scale works is found in public spaces and on university campuses.

King had over 26 solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and also in London and New York.

Inge has had a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1992 and a joint exhibition with her husband, the print-maker Grahame King, at McClelland Gallery in 2004.

More retrospective exhibition including the work of Grahame King (who died in 2008) is being held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2014.

Shearwater, Rings of Saturn, Red Rings are among her works.

Inge King passed away at 100 yrs old.