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Alfred Felton Centenary Sculpture

107.5 × 81.8 × 70.5 cm
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Commemorating 100 years of the Felton Bequest 1904-2004. Felton Bequest, 2004
© Courtesy of the artist
Gallery location
Level 2, NGV Australia

After moving to Australia in his late teens, Clive Murrary‑White attended Brisbane Technical College and the Guildford School of Art in England. Returning to Australia in 1962, he established his reputation through his conceptual sculptures; minimalist abstractions composed of found objects and powder-coated steel. His marble portrait of businessman and philanthropist Alfred Felton reflects his radically different figurative approach of more recent years. Felton died in 1904, and under the terms of his will established a bequest providing funds to acquire works for the National Gallery of Victoria. Over the past 100 years, more than 15,000 works of art have been acquired through his generosity.