Ken Unsworth Australian, b. 1931-

Ken Unsworth is an important artist who is widely recognized for his contribution to Australian art. He is highly awarded and his career has gone from strength to strength, winning awards such as the Captain Cook Bicentenary Competition Award in 1970 and the Australian-American Educational Foundation Grant in 1971, among others.


Unsworth is a multi-skilled artist that is notorious for not only sculpture, installation art and performance but also drawing and painting. He has the ability to transform the passive viewer into participator by inspiring a deep connection between the audience and the works.


From the mid 1960’s he was a practicing artist as well as a teacher. However in 1988, he made the decision to devote himself primarily to his art.


Unsworth has had several teaching positions, including Lecturer in Sculpture at the Sydney College of Advanced Education. He has also had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and abroad, including a major survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1998. He has also participated in major international exhibitions including the Paris Biennale, 1985; Magiciens de la Terre, Paris, 1989; and the Biennale of Istanbul, Turkey, 1995. In 1978 Unsworth represented Australia at the Venice Biennale.