Judith Perrey-Setford

1927 – 2016

Memorial Retrospective Exhibition

More About Judith

Welcome to Judith Perrey-Setford’s website.

Judith was a student of the National Gallery Art School from 1943-47 studying drawing and painting under William Rowell, Charles Wheeler and William Dargie.  She was awarded many student prizes during this time:  The Grace Joel Scholarship; The Bernard Hall Prize; The Hugh Ramsay Prize.

Charles Wheeler believed of her ‘to be one of the most naturally gifted students to have passed through the Gallery School during his encumbency’ (1927-1948)

In 1947 Judith was awarded second prize in the Gallery’s Travelling Scholarship for a large traditional work in oils, The Toymakers, now in the collection of Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, along with the work by the winner.  Her teachers, Sir William Dargie & Alan Sumner both regarded her entry ‘to be one of the best painted by a gallery student for many years’. The awarding of the Scholarship to Douglas Green, for a modernist work, created controversy at that time and was considered a landmark moment in the transition to modernist thinking within the National Gallery School. Dargie later declared emphatically that Judith should have been given the award!

In 1958 Judith briefly attended the George Bell Art School.  Judith worked as an illustrator and commercial artist for a studio connected with The Herald newspaper, doing fine line illustrations, cartoons and advertisements. 

In 1986, she was awarded a special subsidy in the AME Bale Award, in 1990 and 1995, the Mabel Pryde Memorial Prize; 1991, Special Oil Award of the AME Bale Award; 1997, Artist of the Year at Waverley Arts Society … and many other prizes at local and regional Art Shows.

Judith was involved in many exhibitions, from a group-showing in 1950 at the Athenaeum and another in 1958 at the Victorian Artists’ Society to regular Art Society and other exhibitions throughout Australia.

Solo exhibitions were held in 1990 and 1998 at the Highway Gallery, Mt Waverley, where she exhibited regularly between the 80’s and 90’s and in 1994 in the Cato Gallery, Victorian Artists’ Society.

Judith was a Fellow of the Victorian Artists’ Society; Life Member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Society; Life Member of the Waverley Arts Society and Member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters’ Society.

Her works:  oils, watercolours, drawings are in collections of the University of Melbourne, Toorak College, Boroondara Municipal Collection, Balwyn High School, Caulfield Grammar, The Commonwealth Art Bank, Rosella Food and in corporate and private collections in USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The noted Melbourne art historian and author, Dr Juliette Peers, has stated of Judith and of her passing:

“Very sad, a remarkably and truly gifted artist, who gave so much to the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and a woman with a unique spirit – she is irreplaceable and we are the lesser without her”.

The ‘Menu’ button at the top of the page provides links to Gallery pages of Judith’s bodies of work…

…browse & enjoy.

Memorial Retrospective Exhibition

Judith’s Facebook page

Judith’s Memorial Page