“The most impressive aspect of Marea Gazzard’s long working life, and the one that constitutes her claim on our attention as an artist of the first order, is its integrity. Everything Marea Gazzard does, every move she makes into new areas of practice and reference, belongs to a single sensibility and consciousness, a single vision of what a life and a body of work, when completed and seen whole, might be.” (David Malouf, 2007)
Marea Gazzard’s career as an artist, spanning over fifty years, has been marked by a fine record of exhibitions, including a major retrospective at the S H Ervin Gallery in 1994, accompanied by a perceptive monograph by Christine France. In 1973 she and Mona Hessing mounted the now historic exhibition CLAY + FIBRE at the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2013 a survey of 30 years of her work was staged at Utopia Art Sydney. In the same year, Gazzard’s last major work, Selini I, was installed at the entrance of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Gazzard has completed major public commissions, such as the bronze “Mingarri: The Little Olgas” in the executive forecourt of Parliament House (1984-88), Canberra and a ceramic sculpture for the Athens Olympics (2004). Gazzard was acknowledged for her contribution to art in Australia with a Member of the Order of Australia in 1979, and in 1989 she was the first woman to be awarded an Australian Artists Creative Fellowship. Her work is in all of Australia’s leading public collections.
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