Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller & Klytie Pate

The life and work of Christian Waller (1894-1954), Australian printmaker of the Art Deco era and her niece, ceramic artist Klytie Pate (1912-2010) intertwine in this exhibition. The art of Waller is characterised by complex symbolism, combining ancient classical and literary subjects alongside occult motifs. Through her aunt’s teachings in design and subject, Pate mastered her practice to become one of Australia’s foremost studio potters of the 20th century, known for unusual glazes and extensive incising, piercing and ornamentation of earthenware pottery.

Christian Waller, Ex Libris: Klytie, c. 1932, linocut 13.6 x 7.8cm, irregular (block) 15.4 x 9.5cm irregular (sheet). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Courtesy Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Klytie Pate, Large pierced ginger jar (woven waterlily motif), 1950, glazed earthenware, 51 x 28cm. Beleura House & Garden. Courtesy Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Bendigo Art Gallery
Until 10 February, 2019