Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

Marilyn McGrath

solo exhibition
14 May – 8 June 2022
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My central artistic concern has been to communicate sculptural images, which evoke a sense of strength and timelessness out of volume and form. I spend about the same amount of time making a small marquette of my idea as I do making the final enlarged sculpture

My interest is in the composition of the piece, using different design techniques to intensify the visual impact of the sculpture but still achieving a connection with the viewer. I spend about same amount of time making a small marquette of my idea as I do to making the final enlarged sculpture

Marilyn McGrath was born in Sydney in 1939 and has been exhibiting since 1972. Using mostly traditional materials including marble, bronze, and solid wood, her works can be found in a number of important public collections such as The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Newcastle City Art Gallery and Queensland Art Gallery

McGrath lived in the regional city of Newcastle north of Sydney for many years and has a number of large scale public works around the city such as Wheeler Place Plaza and The University of Newcastle

Marilyn has been exhibiting with Robin Gibson Gallery Sydney since 1981, and currently lives and works between Sydney and Melbourne


Marilyn McGrath

Marilyn with her sculpture Corm at Anne von Bertouch Gallery Newcastle in 1979. This photo was taken just prior to BHP purchasing it for the City of Newcastle and installing it at Wheeler Place Plaza where it is still located today

Marilyn McGrath

Born Sydney 1939

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Robin Gibson Gallery
2020 Robin Gibson Gallery
2018 Robin Gibson Gallery
1991 Alliance Francaise, Sydney
1982 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcasltle
1980 Bonython Gallery, Adelaide
1979 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1975 Bonython Gallery, Sydney
1973 Commercial Bank of Australia, North Sydney

Group Exhibitions

since 1981 numerous group shows including the Annual Group Sculpture Exhibition at Robin Gibson Gallery
1992 Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1992 Solander Gallery, Canberra
1992 Selected Artists, Curated by Sonia Cetlan, Newcastle
1992 Meridian, in Association with Australian Galleries, Group Sculptors Show
1990 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1989 The Nude, Robin Gibson Gallery
1988 Von Bertouch Galleries
1988 Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris
1983 Manly Art Gallery, Seaforth TAFE Teachers Exhibition
1979 Maitland Art Gallery
1979 Newcastle TAFE Teachers Exhibition
1975 Society of Sculptors, Selected Members Exhibition, Sydney
1975 Solander Gallery, Canberra
1974 100 Artists, Bonython Art Gallery, Sydney
1974 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
1974 International Women’s Year Exhibition, Sydney
1973 Von Bertouch Galleries, House Show, Newcastle
1972 Society of Sculptors, Selected Members, Exhibition, Sydney
1972 National Art School Teachers Exhibition, Newcastle


1985 Graduate Diploma in Education, Sydney College of Advanced Education
1982 Graduate Diploma in Art, City Art Institute
1960-1962 National Art School, East Sydney Technical College
1958-1960 Newcastle Technical College Art School.

Overseas Studies

2006 Moscow and St. Petersburg
1997 Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris
1994-1995 Arabian Peninsula “ Germany “ Sri Lanka
1988 Scandinavia and Europe, United States of America
1988 Department of Technical and Further Education Project Fellowship to study Sculpture Departments in New York, (USA)
1988 Art Gallery of NSW Studio at the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris
1976-1977 Scandinavia, Europe and Asia
1964 Japan


1985 Finalist in Royal Blind Society National Sculptural Award, Art Gallery of NSW
1977 Newton-John Award, University of Newcastle


Australian Sculptors, Ken Scarlett Nelson 1980
Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Max Germanic Landowne Editions 1979
The New McCullocks Encylopaedia of Australian Art


Art Gallery of New South Wales
The University of Newcastle
Queensland Art Gallery
Wheeler Place Plaza “ City of Newcastle (50th Anniversary Gift of Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited)
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Private Collections in Australia, Europe

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