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Born Sydney, Australia 1906, lived United States 1927–34, died Sydney 1992


Frank Hinder began his art training at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales School in 1924. This was followed by the East Sydney Technical College (1926–27), the Art Institute of Chicago (1927–28), the New York School of Fine Arts (1929) and the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum, New York, (1930–31).

In America he was introduced to Dynamic Symmetry, a geometric system that follows natural proportions. General ideas of movement and harmony became central to his abstract images that linked the rhythms and energies of the universe to modern life. On returning to Australia he was inspired by the people and environment that surrounded him, and continued to explore the expression of life and processes of transformation through space, shape and colour.

During the 1930s with Ralph Balson, Grace Crowley and Rah Fizelle, Hinder became an influential figure in the Sydney modernist movement promoting cubism, futurism, dynamism and abstraction.

In the 1950s and 1960s he explored patterns of experience in both two and three dimensional geometric and curved forms that connected science and philosophy. In 1952 he won the Blake Prize for religious art, and in 1980 the Art Gallery of New South Wales held a retrospective of his work.

His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most state galleries, Newcastle Region Art Gallery and public collections in the United Kingdom and Europe.