Clayton Tremlett 'Study for Self Portrait as the Bushranger Ned Kelly'

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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 our perceptions of masculinity and if its shape can indicate goodness.

Each linocut from this series is accompanied by smaller study. By creating laser resist etchings, as opposed to traditional etching techniques, Tremlett’s studies are marked by the imperfections of this process. This choice results in a textured surface on the portraits that captures the essence of the rugged personas of the bushrangers, which ultimately conceals their true identities.

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 - )
'Study for Self Portrait as the Bushranger Ned Kelly' 2016
laser resist etching on paper
Edition of 12
Image Size: 14 x 10 cm
Dimensions: 36 x 28 cm
Signed: Editioned, titled, signed 'CT' and dated below image.
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Condition: Excellent. 

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