Paintings, Drawings and Prints from the Studio
28 February - 19 March 2010
NADA HUNTER was well known in artistic circles, especially through the Victorian Artists’ Society to whom she left several legacies for the benefit of artists.
Born in Donald in 1918 but spent most of her life in Camberwell an inner suburb of Melbourne.
Studied for a year at the Teachers College, University of Melbourne, Joined the WAAF at the outbreak of WW2 in 1939. She was engaged as an intelligence analyst throughout SE Asia. She continued in this highly secretive work after the war in Intelligence Signals and Communications based at Albert Park.
But, during this time, the spy did come in from the cold and studied under the then highly regarded but rather solemn Tasmanian painter Jack Carington-Smith. That training was augmented by a stint in Paris 1948-52 and 1955-56 at Ecole Chaumiere, Atelier Libre and Acedemie Julien where she attended a studio every morning and learnt techniques developed by the post impressionist artists which can be seen particularly in her brilliantly colourful floral works.
Nada’s paintings are full of spontaneity and her joyous high keyed palate places her firmly in the modernist movement. She was a regular exhibitor with the Victorian Artists' Society from 1952 and member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors since 1982. Solo exhibitions included Latrobe University Staff Club, 1975 & Kosminsky Galleries (no date). For more information refer More Than Just Gum Trees by Juliet Peers, published by MSWPS 1993.
We are grateful to Bill Harding, past president of the Victorian Artists' Society and friend of Nada's, who opened the exhibition and enlightened us a little about this reclusive painter.
Still life with Calla Lilies, Daffodils, Magnolia and Lemons
Oil on board
76 x 61 cm
Still Life with Daisies and Fruit Bowl
76 x 56.5 cm
53 x 56 cm