Margel Hinder (1906–1995) was born in New York, NY and trained in Buffalo and at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Art before emigrating to Australia in the early 1930s with her Australian-born husband, Frank. Margel and Frank Hinder both played an important role in the development of modernism in Australia, working and studying with Eleonore Lange and artists associated with the Crowley-Fizelle School in Sydney. The Hinders were founding members of the Contemporary Art Society NSW in the late 1930s, and later, the Society of Sculptors and Associates that formed in 1951. Margel Hinder was also a teacher, at the National Art School and later from her own studio.

Other important commissions completed by Margel Hinder include the Captain James Cook Memorial Fountain in Civic Park, Newcastle (1961); the Reserve Bank Sculpture in Martin Place, Sydney (1962); the Northpoint Fountain, North Sydney (1977) and others in Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. As testament to her lasting contribution to Australian modernist abstraction, Margel Hinder’s smaller sculptures and associated works are held by state and regional collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, the Lewers Bequest and Regional Art Gallery, corporate and university collections including Deakin University and the University of Sydney.