Dr Karen Helms, Christopher Day Gallery, Paddington;
The Estate of the Late Peter Morris, Sydney;
Private collection, Sydney
Autumn Exhibition 1989, Christopher Day Gallery, Paddington, Cat. No. 4
Born in Armidale, NSW in 1879, Thea Proctor was one of the best-known Australian women painters of her time. Studying in both Sydney and London, Proctor exhibited painted fans, inspired largely by the works of Charles Conder, at the 1907 Women’s Work exhibition in Venice. Upon her return to Australia she helped form The Contemporary Group with G.W. Lambert in order to encourage younger avant-garde painters. Her beautiful pictures underpinned Sydney Modernism throughout the 1920s, and in her later life she did a great deal to bring attention to the work of her cousin, John Peter Russell.