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Decorative portrait - Len Lye



Rayner Hoff

United Kingdom, Australia

1894 - 1937


Other Titles

Decorative portrait (Len Lye)

Marble head of Len Lye



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30.5 x 22.5 x 16.5 cm :

Base; 11.6 x 10.9 cm; Base and head are one piece. These dimensions are purely for installation purposes to indicate required size of plinth.

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1938


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Rayner Hoff

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Max Bannah, Modern times: the untold story of modernism in Australia, '8 Crossing the dotted line: Animation and Aboriginal representation', pg. 62-69, Sydney, 2008, 64 (colour illus.). NOTE: Titled 'Marble head of Len Lye'

Caroline Butler-Bowden, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Art deco, modern life and the internationalism of Sydney', pg. 140-143, Sydney, 2013, 143 (colour illus.), 322.

Laura Murray Cree, State of the arts, 'The new face of portraiture', pg. 63-64, Sydney, Jul 2003-Sep 2003, 64 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Aspects of Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, 'The new classicism: Rayner Hoff and his school', pg. 36-45, Sydney, 2001, 39 (colour illus.), 41. plate no. 38

Deborah Edwards, Look, 'Portrait sculpture: simultaneously the most artificial and the most "real"', pg. 29-31, Sydney, Sep 2003, 31 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, 'This vital flesh': the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school, 'Australia, the new Greece: the body as nation', pg. 30-51, Sydney, 1999, 40, 42 (colour illus.), 43 (colour illus.), 47, 101.

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Look, 'The art that made me', Sydney, Jan 2018-Feb 2018, 22 (colour illus.).

Enid N MacDonald, The Sydney morning herald, 'Rayner Hoff: examples of his work; fine gallery collection', pg. 13, Sydney, 17 Jun 1939, 13 (illus.).

The long dream of waking: New perspectives on Len Lye, Christchurch, 2017, 85-86, 87 (colour illus.), 212.

Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, front cover (colour illus., detail), ii (colour illus.), iv, 55, 81. 37

Nine to five, 'Sculpture vulture', pg. 20, Sydney, 29 Nov 1999, 20 (illus.).

The development of Australian sculpture, 1788-1975, London, 1978, 98 (illus.).