15 August 1920 – 3 November 2015

Judy in the 1960s

Judy, 1938

'...the last brushstroke is added by God'  Judy Cassab (See interview with Michael Kirby)



mourners at Judy's funeral

Mourners leaving Judy's funeral  (Image source ABC TV News)

Bodhi at Judy's funeral service

Judy's great granddaughter Jala, grandson Bodhi with his wife Myvanwy, and son John at her funeral service (Image source ABC TV News)


"...Thank you Juci for all the light and laughter that you brought into the world. For all the amazing paintings that hang in houses and galleries around the world. For all the wonderful adventures that we had together. I love you.' 

Bodhi Seed in an online post 03/11/2013

Judy with her son John

 Judy with her son John Seed

John Seed giving a eulogy for Judy   John remembered Judy's goodness as '...so central to her character, her very being...' This goodness was, he said, 'mysterious, spontaneous and innocent' A transcript of John's full eulogy can be found here  (Image source ABC TV News)

Peter Kampfner speaking at Judy's funeral

Judy's son Peter Kampfner (Image source ABC TV News)


Peter reflected on how 'deeply privileged' he had been to have had Judy as a mother and told mourners that Judy '...did more for the advancement of women in Australian art than any other woman in history...'. He spoke of her beautiful smile, saying '...I will take that smile with me for the rest of my living days'

Peter's eulogy can be read here


Young Judy

Judy (Image source ABC TV News)

'...words of kindness were always on your tongue...'

Rabbi Brian Fox, leader of Judy's funeral service

Dame Marie Bashir, former NSW Governer, addressing the congregation (Image source ABC TV News)

'...one of the most loved of all Australian artists'. Dame Marie Bashir, at the opening of a retrospective of Judy's work previously stated that Judy was '...a great artist whose superb work...has conributed to, and will continue to contribute to, an enriching period of Australia's history.'

Read Dame Marie Bashir's full eulogy here

Judy at 12 years old

'...an astonishing life.

A great mixture of the spiritual and artistic with practicality and a sense of survival...'

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, condolence letter to Judy's family

Judy Cassab, Self Portrait


'..when you see Judy's paintings you see the eye of the beholder.  She is a beautiful, noble, intelligent human being'.

Jack Thompson, Australian actor, at a 2013 retrospective of Judy's work (source 7.30 report)

Former NSW Governor Dame Marie Bashir, Director of Art Gallery of NSW, Edmund Capon and Peter Kampfner (Image source ABC TV News)

'...Mrs Cassab helped lay the artistic foundations for a chronicle of Australian social life over many decades through her various portraits of high profile individuals. She was instrumental in helping to change for the better the broader perception of women artists. Her work is recognised and highly valued both in Australia and abroad...'

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for Communications/Minister for the Arts/Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government/Manager of Government Business in the Senate

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia


  '...Please accept Lucy and my condolences...Judy was as generous as she was talented, admired and loved...'

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister of Australia


Two 2014 paintings of Judy by Nicolette Eisdel

Judy Cassab by Nicolette Eisdell                         Judy and her son John by Nicolette Eisdell

'Judy Cassab' - finalist in Archibald Salon des Refusés 2015        'Judy’s son John reads to her from her diary'


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