Harald VIKE 1906 - 1987

Harald Vike was born in Kodal, Norway in 1906. He worked on whaling ships before settling in Perth in 1929. He studied intermittently under George Pitt Morison (1930-41) while working as an advertising illustrator and a banner designer for the Communist Party. He was a foundation member of the Worker’s Art Guild with Katherine Susannah Pritchard, which became the cultural centre for progressive activity in Perth, and which espoused a social-realist attitude towards art. He moved to Melbourne in 1941 and worked as a scenic artist and set-builder in theatre and television. During the Second World War he worked as a stellweigher at BHP. After extensive travels throughout Australia he returned to Perth in 1986. Vike held fifteen solo exhibitions between 1937 and 1977, and participated in many group exhibitions until his death in 1987.

 

Reference:

GRAY, Anna, The way we were: 1940s - 1950s, catalogue from an exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 14 April 1996 - 30 March 1997, p. 12.