The paradox of Nathan Thambu Paramanathan

Kerby, Martin and Barton, Georgina (2018) The paradox of Nathan Thambu Paramanathan. Australian Art Education, 39 (2). pp. 206-222. ISSN 1032-1942


This article is a short biographical treatment of the life of Nathan Thambu Paramanathan, the inaugural president of Art Education Australia (AEA). It offers the reader an insight into his formative experiences in pre-war Kuala Lumpur, including his early exposure to the work of Dutch artist Meindert Hobbema, and then through the Japanese occupation, war time deprivation, and a post-war confrontation with the White Australia policy that made international headlines. Paramanathan now lives in retirement in Melbourne after a long and decorated career as an arts educator and a practicing artist. Though biography is often denigrated as something akin to fiction, it is nevertheless a means by which a reader can discern something of the “rainbow like intangibility” of a person’s inner life amidst the “granite like solidity of the facts”.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Australian Institute of Art Education.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 01:50
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 02:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art Education Australia (AEA), Australian International Student Program, art therapy, biography, Eric Erikson, Norman Holland, White Australia Policy
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified

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