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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

Artist profile

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'

Paul Brobbel, Wystan Curnow and Roger Horrocks (Editors), The long dream of waking: New perspectives on Len Lye, Christchurch, 2017, 85-86, 87 (colour illus.), 212.

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, '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.

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

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

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

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.).

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

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