Colin Colahan

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Colin Cuthbert Orr Colahan
Born(1897-02-12)12 February 1897
Died6 June 1987(1987-06-06) (aged 90)
  • Painter
  • Sculptor

Colin Cuthbert Orr Colahan (12 February 1897, Woodend, Victoria – 6 June 1987, Ventimiglia) was an Australian painter and sculptor.[1]

Colahan created the 'Sirena' fountain for the Italian town of Bordighera. His sculpture of the head of Victor Smorgon was bought by the National Gallery of Victoria. His work can be found in the collections of the state galleries of Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. He was appointed an Australian official war artist in 1942.[1]

A portrait in oil of F. Matthias Alexander (of "Alexander technique" fame), painted by Colahan to commemorate the subject's 80th birthday, was shown on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme in May 2013, when it was still in the possession of the son of the wife of Alexander's nephew.[2]


  1. ^ a b Kinnane, Garry. "Colahan, Colin Cuthbert Orr (1897–1987)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Stowe House 2". Antiques Roadshow. Series 35. Episode 23. 19 May 2013. BBC Television. Retrieved 19 May 2013.