The Art Gallery of South Australia pays tribute to the life and career of renowned South Australian artist Ann Newmarch (born 9 June 1945), who died peacefully on Thursday 13 January 2022.
Newmarch is celebrated for her significant national and international reputation as an innovative printmaker, painter and sculptor and for her service to community cultural development through art. Embracing feminism and women’s issues since the 1970s, Newmarch was a founding member of the Progressive Art Movement and the Women’s Art Movement and is recognized for her pioneering work as a feminist and social activist.
Newmarch is particularly renowned for her experimental practice of printmaking, which she has often employed to raise awareness of political issues, gender inequality, environmental concerns and Indigenous land rights. Her work has also drawn on personal and family imagery to make statements about the role of women in society.
AGSA Director Rhana Devenport ONZM says, “Ann Newmarch was an artist who never shied away from the political, the radical or the personal. Ann was revolutionary in more ways than one; she was among the first women to hold a teaching position at the South Australian School of Art and was the first woman to be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the AGSA, held in 1997 and titled The Personal is Political.
We join Ann’s family, friends and artistic community in recognizing her remarkable life and career, and her tireless contribution to the Australian art landscape.
Newmarch has also been heavily involved in local community art projects through her involvement with the Community Association of Prospect and the Prospect Mural Group. In 1989 Newmarch was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to the arts; and the town of Prospect, his home base for five decades, recognized his contribution in 2019 by naming their new community gallery the Newmarch Gallery.
Newmarch’s work is represented in all state galleries and major private collections, including over 40 works held by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ann Newmarch will be held with details to be announced at a later date.