Posted on September 6, 2013 by 

Searching for art work done by our mother Molly Burden. Love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of the whereabouts of any surviving drawings or paintings.

In November 1938 my mother and my father, James Wigley, were members of a contemporary art group exhibiting work at Preece’s Gallery in Adelaide, South Australia.  The other artists showing were  Mary Elizabeth Bell, Dora Cant, Nora Young, Geoffrey Francis, and J Rosemund Stokes.

From The Adelaide “Advertiser “:

” Molly Burden has a fine coloured drawing with “Old Man of theSea.” and a pleasant design for a fan in No. 1.  The work of these artists provides an illustration of the growth of art consciousness in South Australia, and the, courage of students who have not followed orthodox rules in their choice of subjects or treatment. The result is a pleasing exhibition, the contents of which are cheaply priced.Mr. M. J. MacNally, a leading artist,who opened the exhibition yesterday,appealed for generous encouragement  for young South Australian artists.”This exhibition,” he said, “represents the initial step by seven South Australian art students across the threshold to a career.”


“James Wigley portrays a delightful  balance between irony and gentle satire, somewhat in the manner of Daumier with pencil, chalk, and wash as his media. His “Suburban Ladies” is a small piece of mischievous humour  and unmalicious realism”.


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