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Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller & Klytie

Arts Culture and Music At Bendigo Art Gallery 42 View St Bendigo, Victoria

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From November 10, 2018 to February 10, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm Save to calendar

The lives and work of celebrated Australian Art Deco printmaker Christian Waller and her niece, pioneering ceramic artist Klytie Pate, is explored in Daughters of the Sun, a new exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Christian Waller was born in Castlemaine in 1894 and schooled in Bendigo, had a deep personal interest in Spiritualism, symbolism and the mystical philosophies of the modern theosophical movement.  Her print work is characterised by a complex symbolism, combining ancient classical and literary subjects alongside occult motifs in a dynamic style owing much to the bold geometry of Art Deco and the handmade ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement. 

In 1954, aged 59, Waller died a virtual recluse in the Fairy Hills home she shared with her artist husband, Napier Waller. At this time, she had also established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading stained glass artists, having produced some 65 windows for churches in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Christian Waller’s niece, Klytie Pate, came to live with the Wallers as a young teenager. As Pate’s maternal figure from a formative age, Christian Waller was an influential force in Pate’s life, directing her notable artistic talent into formal studies and guiding her early career. Klytie Pate mastered her chosen craft of ceramic art, forging innovations in design and glazing to become one of Australia’s foremost studio potters of the 20th century. Her aunt’s influence, in design and in subject, continued in Pate’s work for the whole of her long and successful career. 

Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller & Klytie Pate explores the intertwining lives and work of these artists, bringing together works from Bendigo Art Gallery’s own collection, as well as the Klytie Pate Treasury at Beleura, Napier Waller House, the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia and other lenders. 

A major publication will accompany the exhibition, with essays by the exhibition curator, Emma Busowsky Cox, and art historian Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll. 


2018-11-10 10:00:00
2019-02-10 17:00:00