Ian North

Celebration: Australia Day Honours
Ian North

Congratulations to Ian North for his Australia Day Award, announced today.

Ian is now Ian North AM.

Ian is a former curator, Including the inaugural curator of photography at the National Gallery of Australia, an independent artist and writer based in Adelaide. He is represented in many public collections around Australia including Artbank, National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia.

Ian continues to make art, including photography, and continues to exhibit. The recognition is well overdue.


Truth in restraint: the art of Ian North, Art & Australia

University of South Australia

Greenaway Gallery

In short:

Ian North (b. 1945, Wellington, New Zealand) is an artist, writer and professor who is recognised – as an artist and, after an illustrious almost five–decade career as a curator, academic, educator and professional committee and board member –as a leading figure in the development of Australian art and photography since the 1970s.

North’s artistic practice began in the early 1960s when he photographed the streets of Wellington from his motorbike. During these formative years North found the makings of a visual dialogue between photography, painting and landscape, developing from a youthful appreciation of the work of J.M.W. Turner and the aesthetics of landscape.

North’s career in museums spanned fifteen years during which time he consistently created work as an artist but did not exhibit due to professional reasons.

During the years in which he photographed the Felicia portfolio North was Curator of Paintings at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (1971 – 80), later becoming Foundation Curator of Photography and Head of Photography Department, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1980 – 84).

He has exhibited his work regularly since 1985 and his work is held in public and private collections.


Paul Costigan, 26 January 2014





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