Sculptor Louis Laumen (b 1958, The Netherlands- ) came to Australia with his family in 1960. Laumen studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (Fine Art – Sculpture); Bachelor of Fine Art and Graduate Diploma of Fine Art (with Distinction). He works as a full-time artist having been a sculpture instructor at the National Gallery Society Summer School and a lecturer in sculpture at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
- Laumen has completed many sculpture commissions from important figures and sporting greats to former Premiers and revered Saints. Some of which include sculptures of Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop (Benalla); Sir Henry Bolte (Gold Museum, Ballarat) and the Blessed Mary McKillop Statue (Penola College); along with two examples described below:
Sir Archibald McIndoe (1900-1960) Surgeon in Charge of the Maxillo-Facial Unit, the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, England from 1940-1960. Famed for his innovative and pioneering techniques in the treatment of grievously burnt airmen of the RAF, RCAF and the RAAF during the Second World War. 638 “Guinea Pigs” passed through his hands; all survived to enjoy useful lives. (Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, 2001)
Pastor Sir Douglas Ralph Nicholls (1906-1988) and Lady Gladys Nicholls (1906-1981) Memorial. The first memorial statue in Melbourne dedicated to two Aboriginal community leaders. They fought for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their commitment to human rights in Australia. He was a traditional owner, Aboriginal Elder and Church of Christ Pastor. She was Aboriginal Community Leader, charity worker, women’s activist and fighter for equality and human rights. (Parliament Garden, Melbourne, 2007).
- Discover more about Louis Laumen at his website.
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