Ron Robertson-Swann

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Ron Robertson-Swann
Born1941 (1941) (age 82)
EducationSaint Martin's School of Art, London
Known forSculpture
Notable work
AwardsOrder of Australia Medal (OAM)

Ronald Charles Robertson-Swann OAM (born 1941, Sydney), is an Australian sculptor, best known for his controversial abstract public sculpture Vault (1980) located in Melbourne, he also known for his sculpture Leviathan Play (1985), located in Brisbane.[1][2][3]

Art career[edit]

Vault has been described as being in the Anthony Caro style,[4] which he adopted after studying at Saint Martin's School of Art, London, in the 1960s. He studied under Lyndon Dadswell and was an assistant to Henry Moore.[5] He is Head of Sculpture at the National Art School and is the artistic adviser to the popular annual exhibition Sculpture by the Sea.[6] He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council[7] and has won numerous awards including the Comalco Invitational Sculpture Award, the Transfeld Prize and the Alice Prize.[7]

Graeme Sturgeon, the pre-eminent Australian sculpture historian and critic, described Robertson-Swann in 1980 as "the most consistent of the Classic Formalist, that is, the one most concerned to produce a sculpture which, while obviously of its era, transcends considerations of style in search of a timeless sense of rightness."[5]

Notable Artworks[edit]

Artwork Gallery[edit]


  1. ^ Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), 26 January 2002, It's an Honour.
    Citation: For service to the arts as a sculptor, teacher, mentor and advocate for sculpture, and to art education in Australia.
  2. ^ Attwood, Alan (19 June 2004). "Peril in the Square: The Sculpture that Challenged a City". The Age. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ Webb, Carolyn (3 October 2002). "Melbourne's mellow peril". The Age. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Sculpture Walk". Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2007.
  5. ^ a b "What the sculpture said". Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2007.
  6. ^ "A Brief History – Sculpture by the Sea 1997-2005". Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Ron Robertson-Swann, AO". National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition 2003. National Gallery of Australia. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2013.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Wallis, Geoffrey J., Peril in the Square: The sculpture that challenged a city, Indra Publishing, Melbourne, 2004. ISBN 9781920787004