Cruciforms , Clifford  Last
  • Artist
    Clifford Last
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    jarrah, stone
  • Dimensions
    137.2 x 63.0 x 71.0 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Dr. Joeseph Brown, 2005

Clifford Last


A foundation member of Centre Five, the group formed in 1960 to promote contemporary abstract sculpture in Australia, Clifford Last trained as a sculptor in England before emigrating to Australia in 1947.

Using wood as his favoured medium Last furthered his studies at the Melbourne Technical College. After spending 14 months back in England in 1950-1951 Last's work took on a more geometrical form and he explored the use of shapes that he thought demonstrated the emotions existing in family groups and then explored subjects such as duality and

In aiming to allow his work to stand up as a piece of sculpture without an explanation of the story Last preferred not to go into detail unless asked.  Carved from jarrah, Cruciforms is a harmonious yet dynamic form, the transverse bar of which has been variously described as bird, plant, mineral, fish, bone or mother/child linkage rather than that of a religious symbol