Clayton Tremlett 'Self Portrait as Ned Kelly aged fifty (There's a Ned in every crowd)'

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Clayton Tremlett is an contemporary Australian printmaker whose work is influenced by the country's historical narratives. In ‘Beard and Influence’, the artist emulates the nation’s infamous bushrangers, and their facial hair, in this series of self-portraits.

Across a span of three years, Tremlett delved into the tales of the notorious figures like Ned Kelly, akin to the legendary folklore of Robin Hood. In the classic tale, the bandit is considered both hero and villain – a contradiction that pervades the stories of the local bushrangers. Understanding the performative aspect of the occupation, Tremlett explores how facial hair can inform perceptions of masculinity and if its shape can indicate goodness.

An innovator in printmaking techniques, Tremlett has exhibited extensively across Australia and is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Geelong Gallery, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery among other public and private collections nationally and internationally. For examiners or enjoyers of Australian history, Tremlett is a rewarding find.

Clayton TREMLETT (1964 - )
'Self Portrait as Ned Kelly aged fifty (There's a Ned in every crowd)' 2015
linocut on paper
Edition of 15
Image Size: 86 x 60 cm
Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm
Signed: Editioned, titled, signed 'C Tremlett' and dated below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance

This print was commissioned as part of Imagining Ned, Bendigo Art Gallery, 28 March - 28 June 2015 (another impression exhibited).

Another impression of this work is in the Bendigo Art Gallery's collection.

Condition: Excellent. 

(c) The Artist or Assignee