Historical information

Isabel HUNTINGTON (1905- 04 December 1971)
Born Victoria, Australia

Isabel Huntington was a painter, craft officer and craft worker. She studied at Ballarat School of Mines and RMIT, and was a member of the Victorian Artists' Society and the Contemporary Art Society. In 1945 she was appointed Director of Handcrafts for the Victorian Division of the Red Cross Society. Isabel Huntington had previously held the position of Supervisor of Handcrafts at Heidelberg Military Hospital for three and a half years. She was a member or the Arts and Crafts Society.

Isabel Huntington had five 'one-man" shows, three in Melbourne, one in Ballarat and one in Hamilton, Victoria. The critics of the day described Isobel Huntington's work as Post Impressionist and Expressionist. 'Her enjoyment of the use of colour and her sense of vitality is obvious in her most original conception of the relationship of art to Flowers.

Ursula Hoff judged the 1965 Albury awards for water colour, ad religious paintings in oils, awarding the prize to Isabel Huntington. In Ballarat's Crouch Prize Isabel Huntington was commended three times. After returning from overseas she taught at Rosanna High School, Victoria.

Isabel Huntington lived at Montmorency, Victoria, and was there at the time of her death.

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 2000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Physical description

Framed painting of a sunflower.

Inscriptions & markings

A not on the back says
"Sunflower 1962 Oil/Pastel
Insurance Isabel Huntington Gouache 1956
Black Box. Huntingdon (sic) Isobel. Acquired between 1956 - 1958"