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Lin Onus, a Yorta Yorta artist of Aboriginal and Scottish descent, represents a singular voice in Australia’s cultural life. Esteemed for his wit, talent and panache, Onus’s work is a negotiation of culture identity, using both Aboriginal and Western techniques to unsettle categorisation.
After being racistly expelled from school at age fourteen, Onus worked as a mechanic and activist, before teaching himself to draw. He forged a style that combined photo-realism, surrealism and indigenous iconography. Not only was this reflective of his heritage, it also represented his attitude at large, which championed reconciliation over alienation.
In ‘Reeds’, plants pierce the water’s surface. A tranquility reigns as Onus captures the rhythms of nature. Detailed, harmonic and impeccably composed, this work testifies to an artist whose artistic vision was only matched by his activism. Caught between different worlds, Onus wrote in 1990 that he hoped to be remembered as a “bridge between cultures, technology and ideas”. With representation in most major Australian collections and an OBE, it is undoubtable that he has.
Because it is an experimental print, ‘Reeds’ is not editioned. For collectors of important Australian, Aboriginal and contemporary art, look deeper with this captivating image. Lin ONUS (1948 - 1996)'Reeds' 1996Screenprint on paperImage Size: 60 x 40 cm Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm Signed: Signed lower right: Onus; bears the seal of The Estate of Lin Onus lower right.Comes with Letter of ProvenanceCondition: Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image as Excellent, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to the image.
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