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date: 20 February 2020

Hele, Ivor Henry Thomas (Sir)locked


Australian, 20th century, male.

Born 13 June 1912, in Edwardstown, Adelaide; died 1 December 1993, in Bedford Park, Adelaide.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

At the age of eight, Ivor Hele joined James Ashton's art class at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. In 1923 he began taking evening classes at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts while receiving extra tuition from Marie Tuck. He travelled to Europe in 1928 and continued his studies under Biloul in Paris and Moliere in Munich. In 1932 he began teaching life drawing at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts. Hele enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1940 and was sent to serve in the Middle East. He was appointed an Official War Artist on 11 October 1941. In this capacity, he served in North Africa and New Guinea and in 1952, in Korea. From 1951 to 1957 he won the Archibald Prize for portraiture five times. He was awarded a CBE for services to art in 1969 and in 1983 he was knighted. Hele painted very large works in muted tones, using heavy impasto. While his figure studies, portraits and nudes appear fresh and spontaneous, they are underpinned by solid modelling and suffused with a marked luminosity that lends them a sculptural monumentality. Colour and tone vary to reflect the mood of the scene....

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