Adelaide-born John Dowie was drawn to the art of sculpture in his teens after discovering the work of British sculptor Jacob Epstein.
Dowie studied at the South Australian School of Art and undertook further training in London and France where he learned sculpting in stone and bronze casting. Following his return to Adelaide, Dowie was engaged with numerous commissions for portraits, memorials and civic projects. His bronze bust of Sir Roy Grounds, architect of the National Gallery of Victoria building on St Kilda Road, was commissioned by the subject’s wife, Lady Grounds, in 1990.
Like Dowie, Elaine Wreford attended the South Australian School of Arts after arriving in Adelaide in 1923 and remained active as an artist throughout her life