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Title

Lineal legend


Artist

Kevin Gilbert

Australia

1933 - 01 Apr 1993

Language group

Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region


About

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


Details


Other Title

Lineal legends


Place where the work was made

Canberra Australian Capital Territory Australia


Dates

1965
printed 1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

linocut, black ink on white wove paper


Edition

9/50


Dimensions

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


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

311.1993


Artist information

Kevin Gilbert

Artist profile

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Canberra

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 144 (illus.). cat.no. 122