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Artwork - Painting - Portrait by Jean Appletom

From the Collection of Ballarat Heritage Services PO Box 2209 Bakery Hill Post Office Victoria

A sketched portrait of a man's head by Jean Apppleton.
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drawing, portrait, jean appleton
Historical information
Jean APPLETON (1911-2003)

Jean Appleton was a painter and craftworker who studied at East Sydney Technical College and at the Westminster School, London. After seeing French sculptor Maillol's work 'The Cyclist' she was inspired to try sculpture and consequently studied under Eric Schilsky in London. With the outbreak of war she returned to Australia, thereafter teaching at high schools in the ACT and NSW and at the Julian Ashton and National Art Schools in Sydney. The first of her thirteen solo exhibitions was held at Sydney’s Macquarie Galleries in 1940. Resident in England from 1969 to 1981, she continued to teach intermittently into the late 1970s. After a difficult first marriage to artist Eric Wilson, who died, she married painter Tom Green and they settled in Moss Vale. Though her work is now represented in major state and regional collections, Appleton was like many women artists of her generation in that recognition of her work came late in life: she was in her eighties when a public gallery first presented a retrospective exhibition of her art. (, accessed 15 September 2019)

Jean Appleton won the inaugural Portia Geach Memorial Award in 1965 with this work. She dies in 2003.
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Jean Appleton (Maker)
Last updated
18 Dec 2019 at 12:08AM