Deborah Halpern

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Deborah Halpern (born 1957 in Melbourne) is a sculptor, mosaic artist and ceramic artist working in Victoria Australia, notable for her prominent and popular works of public art.[1]


Born in 1957,[2] Halpern grew up in the world of ceramics, as her parents were ceramists and artists.[3] She began work in ceramics as an apprentice in 1971. She went on to study painting at the Caulfield Institute of Technology in 1979. In 1981, she started to exhibit her work at the annual Victorian Ceramic Show and the Blackwood Street Gallery. The next year, Deborah worked as an artist in residence at the Croydon Community Centre. During this time, her work was selected to be shown in the Melbourne Meat Market Craft Centre and the Potters Gallery in Sydney,NSW.


Inspired by the free spirit of Pablo Picasso[4] Deborah's famous works include the surreal sculpture such as Angel[1] which was once featured in the moat of the National Gallery of Victoria (but since relocated to Birrarung Marr) and Ophelia[5] which stands outside the Southgate complex at Southbank, Victoria (named the official face of Melbourne by Tourism Victoria in 1996).

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  1. ^ a b "Deborah Halpern". National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Halpern, Debbie". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Halpern, Deborah (1957 - )". The Australian Women's Register. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Deborah Halpern, , Ninemsn
  5. ^ "Behind the scenes – Artist Deborah Halpern on Ophelia". Southhgate. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Brown, Emma Angelic piece of artwork at Urquhart Park Primary, The Courier, 15 Dec, 2009

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