Person - Clem Millward

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Artist Clem Millward designed Under the Coolibah Tree 1956, painted David Milliss’s set Fission Chips 1959, and designed Roger Milliss’s 1960 production of Reedy River.

Clem was born in 1929 in Melbourne but spent his childhood in Western Australia. He was an evening student at East Sydney Technical School, a waterside worker (with Arnold Butcher a member of Gang 364, a “Brains Trust” who played chess during smokoes), studied full-time at the Julian Ashton School in Sydney and on a scholarship at an art school in Bucharest, Romania. In 1961 he began teaching at TAFE, and from 1977 - 85 was senior head teacher at its Hornsby college, resigning to develop his own work.

Renowned for his evocative landscapes of the Australian bush, Clem Millward is represented in several galleries including the Art Gallery of NSW. He was a finalist in the 1958 Archibald and 1966 Sulman competitions and won the 1973 Wynne Award.

In 1951 at Randwick he married painter Mary Lillian Houston. They lived in Romania before Mary moved to London. She subsequently married theatre director Joe MacColum.

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