Inge and Grahame King were important artists working in Melbourne in the later twentieth century. They were a rare example of a couple in which each supported the other’s career.
Inge King is widely known through her public sculpture. Her best known work is the monumental, wave-like, steel sculpture Forward Surge (1974) in the grounds of the Victorian Arts Centre. She was a foundation member of Centre Five, a group formed in 1961 to promote contemporary abstract sculpture in Australia. Their aim was to foster the understanding of modern sculpture among Australian architects and the public.
Grahame King had distinguished teaching career at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). He helped to establish the Print Council of Australia, which has made a major contribution to the development of printmaking in Australia. His own work in lithography, painting and photography is highly respected within the artistic community. Grahame King died in 2008.
Inge King and Grahame King have both been made Members of the Order of Australia (AM). Inge King was awarded the Australian Arts Council Visual Arts Emeritus Award.
9 May 2016 – Memorial Service for Inge King in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Several hundred people attended the Memorial Service for Inge King in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria at 10:30 am on the 9th of May 2016.
The speakers at the service were:
- Tony Elwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
- Jane Eckett, Art Historian, University of Melbourne. eulogy.pdf
- Stuart Purves, Director, Australia Galleries. eulogy.pdf
- Jo and Angie (Daughters of Inge King)
A copy of the service booklet is available of download. booklet.pdf
23th April 2016 – Inge King dies aged 100
“Halfway between 100 and 101,” Inge King died peacefully in the presence of her family.
The Dame Elisabeth Lifetime Achievement Award For Australian Sculpture
On 9 October 2015 McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery announced that Inge King AM as the recipient of the inaugural Dame Elisabeth Lifetime Achievement Award for Australian Sculpture.
‘Over an astonishing seventy year career, Inge King has been one of the most determined and conscientious voices in Australian Art’ said John M. Cunningham, Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery. ‘The clarity of her vision and the quality of her form, expresses an inner strength and tension, which is comparable only to the great Australian landscape from which she has derived much of her power’.
Inge King was the unanimous choice of the judges John M. Cunningham (Chair), Doug Hall AM and Prof. Alison Inglis.
2015 – The Centenary of the Birth of Graham King.
The year we celebrated the birth of Graham King.
The Art of Inge King: Sculptor
This publication surveys the life’s work of an artist who arrived in Australia in the early 1950s having already undertaken art studies in Germany, England and Scotland. She had also travelled to America to witness, first hand, post-war developments in the New York art world. The extravagantly illustrated book, with wonderful photographs by Mark Strizic, John Gollings, Jacqui Henshaw, Robin Whittle and others, attempts to document the majority of the artist’s sculptures and works on paper produced over her decades in this country.
A major retrospective exhibition of Inge and Graham’s work titled ““, was held in the National Gallery Victoria (NGV) from 1st May to 31 August 2014.
This site is the result of a collaboration between David Wilson, Christine MacLeod, and Tina and Robin Whittle. David and Christine have known the Kings for many years. Tina and Robin first met Inge King at her exhibition at Australian Galleries in August 2009.