Ivor Henry Thomas HELE (1912-1993) ✿

Sir Ivor Henry Thomas Hele (1912-1993) , was an Australian artist. He was the longest serving war artist for the Australian War Memorial and completed more commissioned works than any other Australian artist in the history of Australian art.
Aged only 15, he studied drawing and painting in Paris and Munich. He married Jean Berry when he was 20. He was the first war artist appointed in the Second World War, and he served in New Guinea and North Africa. He was also a war artist in the Korean War.
In 1957 he divorced his first wife and married June Weatherly. Hele was severely self-critical and only ever held two exhibitions of his work, in 1931 and 1958. He often burned paintings he was dissatisfied with. He painted portrait of Prime Ministers Sir William McMahon and Malcolm Fraser, which are hanging in the New Parliament House in Canberra. Ivor Hele was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1954. This was upgraded to Commander status in 1969. In the New Year's Honours of 1983 he was named a Knight Bachelor for his services to art.

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