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MEADMORE, Clement Lyon (1929 – 2005)

Clement Meadmore.

Clement Meadmore.

MEADMORE, Clement Lyon (1929 – 2005)

Clement Meadmore was an internationally known sculptor and designer who, in later life worked in steel. He died in New York after a fall.

The son of parents Clement Robert Webb and Mary Agnes nee Lyon, he attended the Geelong College as a boarder from 16 September 1942 to December 1944 (Form 3) after previously being a student at Scotch College, Melbourne from 21 April 1938 to August 1942.

Meadmore initially studied aeronautical engineering at RMIT but switched to industrial design. After RMIT, He began designing and selling furniture from a display room in Collins St, Melbourne, winning the Good Design Award for his black steel dining chair of 1953. The year 1953, was pivotal for another reason as he travelled overseas visiting an exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Antwerp that was to dramatically alter his approach to sculpture. The two themes of furniture and sculpture were to dominate his artistic life. In 1960, he moved to Sydney and three years later to New York where he became a US citizen in 1976.

Several of his works are held in Australian Galleries – Duolith III (1962) in the National Gallery of Victoria; Dervish (1972) in the Victorian Arts Centre; and Flippant Flurry (1978) is held in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Many other public art works exist throughout the US, Japan and Australia. He published The Modern Chair, 1974, an illustrated survey of recent furniture.

Clement Meadmore was inducted into the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) Notables Gallery at Geelong College in 2011.

The Geelong College Magazine, Pegasus, in December 1958, commented that: 'Clem Meadmore (46), wearing a beard, was seen at the sculptor's exhibition in East Melbourne with his welded piece, 'Mob'.'

Sources: Pegasus December 1958 p61; Obituary by Ken Scarlett - The Age (Melb) 21 April 2005 p 27.
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