Clement Meadmore studied industrial design in his native Australia, then decided instead to become a sculptor. He began sculpting in 1953, and by 1969, his work was exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art. While a young artist, his work was highly regarded and he was awarded a number of exhibitions, including several one-person shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Meadmore moved to New York in 1963 at the age of 34 and later became a United States citizen. He was also an accomplished jazz drummer.
Meadmore is represented in collections at major museums in Australia, as well as at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum and others in the United States and Japan. Large-scale sculptures have been installed on college campuses throughout the country, including Princeton University. One-person exhibitions have been held at the Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo; Amarillo Art Center, TX; Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI; Albuquerque Museum, NM; Jacksonville Art Museum, FL; and Columbus Museum of Art, OH. At the age of 76, Meadmore died in New York City on April 19, 2005.