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Kevin Gilbert

(Australia 1933 – 01 Apr 1993)

Language group
Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region
Lineal legend
Other titles:
Lineal legends
Place of origin
CanberraAustralian Capital TerritoryAustralia
printed 1990
Media category
Materials used
linocut, black ink on white wove paper

62.1 x 50.0 blockmark (irreg.); 76.2 x 56.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "Kevin Gilbert '65/ ... 1990
Purchased 1993
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Kevin Gilbert was born at Condobolin, NSW. A writer, artist and activist, his linocuts are the earliest known Aboriginal prints on paper, made while he was in prison in 1965. His prints combine Aboriginal symbols with a western perspective, reflecting his experience in two cultures. "In 1965, mature, I saw art and writing as a way to communicate. My father's studio was my first lino print. Carved with tools I'd made from a spoon, gem blades, nails on a piece of old, brittle lino off the prison floor, I wanted to show the natural pride and completeness of the Aboriginal artist, the cave, the art, the landscape". (Chris McGuigan (ed.), 'New tracks old land, contemporary prints from Aboriginal Australia', Sydney: Aboriginal Arts Management Association, 1992, pg. 30)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 144 (illus.). 122

Exhibition history (1)

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999