Visionary Hair

November 10, 2009 by  

A British art curator and his daughter were found dead of multiple stab wounds at a million-dollar home in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburbs on Monday night.

The Australian art community was in shock over the gruesome deaths which were discovered after police broke into a house in Randwick and found the bodies of Nick Waterlow, 68, and his daughter Chloe, 37, a cookbook author.

Three children were at the property when the bodies were found, one of whom – a three-year-old girl – was rushed to hospital suffering a cut to her throat.


An eight-month-old boy was also discovered at the house, and was taken to hospital without injuries. Ms Waterlow’s husband Ben Heuston, a digital consultant, was in London at the time of the tragedy, however he is believed to be en route back to Australia.

New South Wales Police have released a photo of the man they would like to speak to in relation to the killings, described as being 40 years of age, of fit build and with dark wavy hair.

Mr Waterlow was born in England and educated in Europe before migrating to Australia in 1977 where he began a highly regarded career in the local art community, teaching at a respected arts college in Sydney. He was also appointed director of the 1979 Sydney Biennale, where his curation was described as “visionary” by critics, primarily because he included indigenous art on the programme for the first time.

He continued as artistic director for the Sydney Biennale in 1986 and 1998 and was on the festival’s international selection committee in 2000.

Earlier today Mr Waterlow, who most recently worked as the curator of Sydney’s Ivan Dougherty Gallery, was described as an “instrumental player” in the Australian art community and a mentor to many up and coming artists.

Sydney gallery owner Damien Minton said: “At least two generations of gallery owners and arts administrators scattered around Australia can really thank Nick Waterlow for their careers.”

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