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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 Mad Dog Morgan, 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 the corpse of Mad Dog Morgan' 2016linocut on paperEdition of 12Image Size: 80 x 58 cm Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm Signed: Editioned, titled, signed 'C Tremlett' and dated below image.Comes with Letter of Provenance
RELATED WORKS:Another impression of this work is in the Castlemaine Art Museums collection.
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