Rosalie Gascoigne

Born Auckland, New Zealand 1917, arrived Canberra, Australia 1942, died 1999

Rosalie Gascoigne was born Rosalie Norah King Walker in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand in 1917. She moved to Australia in 1942 to join her husband, Ben Gascoigne in the small scientific community of Mount Stromlo.

Gascoigne first came to prominence in the mid 1970s for her installations and boxes of found objects. After studying and eventually lecturing in Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, she began to organise other objects which she found in the surrounding landscape. The landscape of Canberra and its surrounds was the source of many of her materials as well as the subject of many of her works.

Gascoigne’s first exhibition was held in Canberra at Macquarie Galleries in 1974. She represented Australia at the Venice Biennale as the first female Australian artist in 1982. Two retrospective exhibitions have been curated on her work and life: Rosalie Gascoigne: Material as Landscape, Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Australia in 1998, and Rosalie Gascoigne at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2008.

December 2010