ARTIST AND TEACHER
1946-2001 A much loved artist, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend and family
man has died. Head of the School of Art Glass Workshop, Stephen Procter was
a man of stature who strode the campus sharing his warm, gentle personality
and love of his subject and life with all with whom he came in contact. He leaves
a legacy of impressive achievements through his own standing as an artist, the
international reputation of the Glass Workshop and the high standing of his
Stephen established his first glass-engraving studio in 1970 in Devon overlooking
the River Dart. He was fascinated with the glass medium and with light and its
effects on water. These elements remained with him as the source and inspiration
for his imagery through his very productive working life as an internationally
renowned glass artist. His choice of materials, his imagery, his mastery of
technique and his ability to imbue his work with the sensational effects of
light were his hallmarks. He set high standards and demanded them of himself
and his students. A sustained commitment to quality in his own practice and
in his teaching characterized his contribution to the Glass Workshop, the School
of Art and the University.
Journeying was important to Stephen. At various times he lived and worked in
the U.K, Europe, and USA and since 1992 in Australia. Sharing his networks of
contacts, he encouraged his students to see themselves as part of the global
community, to see the world, meet new people, explore new horizons and understand
and learn. In recent years, several trips to Asia linked exhibitions and conference
activity with an important Australia Council residency in Taipei. This resulted
in the establishment of academic and artistic connections in the visual arts
generally. Stephen was a congenial travel companion, good humoured and generous
and always considerate.
observation of the natural landscape was another preoccupation and motivation
for his glasswork, painting and prolific brush and ink drawing. In May this
year in an exhibition catalogue prepared for one of his graduates, Stephen wrote:
"The appointed day was magnificently clear, and the mountain revealed many
unexpected surprises such as the wonderful butterflies on the wooded paths."
His work often took on a dimension of spirituality a sense of the intangible.
In discussion he had the ability to lift the ordinary to the realm of the extraordinary.
These attributes and ideals marked him as an inspiration in the workplace and
at home with his affectionate family.
At the Institution, Stephen contributed generously to policy development and
management processes. He strongly supported his colleagues and was devoted to
his students. He was a regular contributor to various committees, academic issues
and to conferences and seminars. His work has been collected by major art museums
in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. At ANU his work was commissioned for the
foyer of the Innovations Building and completed in 2000.
Vale Stephen Procter. Tributes and condolences have been received from around
the world. He is survived by his wife Christine and children Anna and Ben.
Director, School of Art, ANU
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