10 Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne

Post On: July 29, 2017
In: Art

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne talk about a notable sculptor from Australia. However, she was born in Auckland, New Zealand.  In 1982, she became the first female Australian representative at Venice Biennale. She was born on January 25th, 1917 and died on October 23rd, 1999. Due to her contribution in art, she was honored with Order of Australia in 1994. Check facts about Rosalie Gascoigne below:

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 1:  the birth name

Her birth name was Rosalie Norah King Walker. Her parents were Stanley and Marion King Walker. There were three kids in the family and Rosalie was the third one. In 1937, she graduated from Auckland University with Bachelor of Arts degree.

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 2: living in Australia

Due to her marriage to S. C. B (Ben) Gascoigne, Rosalie relocated to Canberra, Australia in 1943 where her husband worked as an astronomer. They lived among the scientific communities at Mount Stromlo. It was an isolated environment.

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 3: sculpture

Rosalie was considered as a leading figure in Australian sculpture. In June 1994, she became AM or Member of the Order of Australia.

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Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 4: death

Rosalie passed away in Canberra at John James Hospital on 23rd October 1999.

Rosalie Gascoigne Facts

Rosalie Gascoigne Facts

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 5: the lonely years

Rosalie spent of most of her time raising three kids. During her lonely years, she tried to create natural assemblages from the flowers.


Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 6: Sogetsu Ikebana

Rosalie was interested to work on the Japanese art. Sofu Teshigahara praised her work. He was the founder of Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

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Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 7: the works in 1960s

Rosalie was not satisfied with her works even though she had been praised. She tried to experiment with various materials.

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 8: the materials

During her career as an artist, Rosalie had worked with many materials such as road signs, feathers, wire, iron, wood, and others.

Rosalie Gascoigne

Rosalie Gascoigne

Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 9: the important elements in her works

One of the important elements in Rosalie’s works is text. The people who inspired her were William Wordsworth, Robert Rauschenberg, Ken Whisson, Dick Watkins and Colin McCahon. Nevertheless, Rosalie focused more on the earthy brown or white panels with meditative compositions in her later years. She declined the use of text and color mostly found in her previous works.

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Facts about Rosalie Gascoigne 10: overseas exhibition

Rosalie had launched a number of overseas exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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