Would Be 100 paid tribute to the life and work of Hans Lorraine (1923-2012) who would have turned 100 in March, 2023, the exhibition covers his artistic practice from 1950’s to 2010 and included important pieces that have not been seen before and come from personal, family collections.
A series of panels provided a chronology of Hans’ life, describing his history as a Jewish refugee from Germany, transportation on the HMT Dunera to Australia and his development as an architect and artist.
In the accompanying exhibition Drawn Out, a collection of sculptural works and jewellery by Sue Lorraine paid homage to the rich creative life of her father, Hans, and, in her words, struck up a “posthumous conversation with a man of few words. After the death of my father, I began to look at objects more intimately, specifically the modest things that he owned and held. In response I have made my own archive of objects which I hope affectionately acknowledge and honour his life”
Sue is an Adelaide based artist and a founding member of one of Australia’s longest running artists initiatives, Gray Street Workshop. Sue has exhibited around Australia and internationally and is represented with works in five Australian State galleries. In 2022, her exhibition Measured #2 was shown at The National, Christchurch, New Zealand.
This special joint exhibition was poignant and personal and a highlight of the WAS Gallery 2023 calendar of events. Drawn Out and Would Be 100 ran until 13 May.