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Clement Meadmore
Curl, 1968. Columbia University campus, New York, NY
Born (1929-02-09)9 February 1929
Died 19 April 2005(2005-04-19) (aged 76)
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture

Clement Meadmore (9 February 1929 – 19 April 2005) was an Australian-American sculptor known for massive outdoor steel sculptures.


Born Clement Lyon Meadmore in Melbourne, Australia, in 1929, Clement Meadmore studied aeronautical engineering and then industrial design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After graduating in 1949, Meadmore designed furniture for several years and, in the 1950s, created his first welded sculptures. He had several one-man exhibits of his sculptures in Melbourne and Sydney between 1954 and 1962. In 1963 Meadmore moved to New York City. Later, he became an American citizen.

Meadmore used COR-TEN steel, aluminum, and occasionally bronze to create colossal outdoor sculptures which combine the elements of abstract expressionism and minimalism. He was an avid amateur drummer and jazz lover who held jam sessions in his home. His fondness for jazz is reflected in the names of several of his works including "Riff" (1996), "Round Midnight" (1996), "Stormy Weather" (1997), "Night and Day" (1979) and "Perdido" (1978).

Meadmore's sculptures are held by museums, corporate headquarters, and schools internationally. His work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, including the Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City, the Columbus Gallery of Fine Art in Ohio, and the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery in Iowa.

He authored How to Make Furniture Without Tools (Pantheon, 1975) (ISBN: 0-394-73063-1) and The Modern Chair: Classic Designs by Thonet, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eames and Others (Dover Publications; 1997) (ISBN: 0-486-29807-8). His work and career were catalogued in 1994 book, The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore by Eric Gibson (Hudson Hills Press; 1994) (ISBN: 1-55595-098-1).


Meadmore died at age 76 in Manhattan from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Sculptures in public collections and public spaces

United States


  • Australia
    • Virginia, 1970, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    • Awakening, 1968, AMP Society, Melbourne
    • Dervish, 1981, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
    • Silence, 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Thunder, 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Double Up, 1970, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Flippant Flurry, 1977, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Paraphernalia, 1999, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Melbourne
    • Between 1979–1980, 1981, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
    • Offshoot, 1982, Queensland Government, Brisbane
    • Hereabout, 1971/2001, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
    • Portal, 1995, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
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