William Mora Obituary, Supporter Of Jewish Museum of Australiadies Dies at 69
- john Gibson
William Mora Obituary, Death – He was the manager of the William Mora Galleries in Richmond, which included his late mother’s acclaimed works as well as other contemporary art from young and established artists. His mother, Mirka, was a French-born Australian bohemian icon whose distinct work and vivid mosaics assisted Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman in transforming Melbourne into a city with a vibrant modern art scene. Mora’s father, Georges Mora, was a well-known art dealer.
Mora followed in his father’s footsteps, working for Tolarno Galleries, one of Melbourne’s early contemporary galleries, for a decade. In 1985, he founded his own gallery on Flinders Lane. Mora was a trailblazer in organizing solo exhibitions of Indigenous artists rather than collective displays. He represented Paddy Bedford’s estate and worked with First Nations personalities such as Ginger Riley Munduwalawala and Queenie McKenzie.
His late wife, Anna, described him as a kind, loving, and trustworthy man with a wonderful sense of humor. “He leaves behind a significant legacy.” “He introduced Indigenous art and pushed for it to be considered as good as contemporary art,” she says. “He didn’t have contracts with the artists – it was just a handshake.” On Saturday, Max Delany, the director of the Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, paid tribute to Mora on Instagram. “Rest in peace, lovely Willie.” “Your storied life, beautiful family, friendships, love of art, and epicurean, rascally ways have immeasurably enriched our lives,” he wrote. “Lots of love, and oysters.”
Serge Thomann, a former deputy mayor of Port Phillip, praised Mora as a “beautiful human being.” “We were like brothers,” he described it. “He was a zealot. He exuded French joie de vivre.He was usually extremely generous and helpful to others.” He was always honest and grateful to the artists he represented. He was always courteous to his coworkers.”He had a deep sense of art, talent, and people.” Mora’s 12-year-old wife, Carlotta, and two adult children from a previous marriage, Fred and Lily, survive him.