Australian arts community mourns Colin Laverty - Art Collector

Colin and Elizabeth Laverty with, from left, Ildiko Kovac's Roadworks #13 and Sea Tree and Targets by Ken Whisson. Photo: Nicholas Watt

12 February 2013 | Renowned art collector Colin Laverty has passed away on the weekend with wife Elizabeth Laverty at his side.

The Lavertys have been among the most active collectors of contemporary Australian art for four decades. Central to their collecting ethos is the belief that Indigenous art should be recognised as great contemporary art to be viewed alongside non-Indigenous contemporary art. To this end they have loaned work by 52 Indigenous artists to public institutions in 15 countries.

Dr Laverty will be remembered for his groundbreaking research into cervical cancer, as well as his support for Indigenous art. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, his children, Jonathan, Georgina and Sam, his stepdaughter, Jane Kleimeyer, his sister, Anne Blomfield, and grandchildren, Chloe, Olivia, Matilda, Vincent, Sophia, Tom, Max, Claudia and Kingsley.


Alexandra Djurichkovic


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