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Colin Lanceley

(New Zealand, Australia 06 Jan 1938 – 30 Jan 2015)

Place of origin
PaddingtonSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media categories
Sculpture, Mixed media
Materials used
painted wood, metal, mixed media

305.0 x 305.0 x 21.0 cm overall (approx.):

a - left side (large cog); 275 x 141.5 x 19 cm

b - central connecting column; 297.8 x 24 x 21 cm

c - right side; 275 x 141 x 16 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated centre right of right side [part c], black oil "Colin Lanceley 1964".
Gift of Mrs M A McGrath 1968
Accession number
© Colin Lanceley
Not on display
Further information

'…the materials themselves are wonderful and fascinating and this is a piece that was really born from the materials…'
Colin Lanceley 2000

Colin Lanceley's work highlights his relish for the seductive nuances of his materials; for their textured beauty and evocative power. Using found materials and ephemera, Lanceley reconstitutes disparate fragments into new wholes, as exemplified by 'Gemini'. Inspired by the Zodiac sign of the twins, Lanceley employs a winged structure to explore formal relationships between found shapes, which are assembled in an almost painterly rhythm.

In 1964 Lanceley was awarded the Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship for a selection of works including 'Gemini'. This work is one of his most ambitious of the period between his involvement in Sydney with the Imitation Realists of 1961–62 and his departure for Europe in 1965.

Bibliography (8)

Frank Cozzarelli, Art and Australia [vol. 2, no. 3], 'Rubinstein: hack's birthright', pg. 184-187, Sydney, Dec 1964, 184, 185 (illus.), 186.

Elizabeth Fortescue.,, 'Australian art legend Colin Lanceley dies after long illness', Sydney, 30 Jan 2015, n.pag.. viewed 30.01.2015,

James Gleeson., Sun, 'Best work he's done', Sydney, 18 Sep 1964, page unknown.

Barry Pearce, The Australian, 'Artist's poetic sensibilities coloured all his endeavours', pg. 15, Surry Hills, 03 Feb 2015, 15 (colour illus.). Arts section

Barry Pearce, Australian Collection Focus: Colin Lanceley The Dry Salvages 1963-64 and Gemini 1964, 'Colin Lanceley: poeticising the banal', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 2001, front cover (colour illus., detail), 2-3, 6 (colour illus.), 7-8, 9 (colour illus., detail), 10, 11.

David Thomas, The Australian, 'Collectors and makers of art', pg. 12, Surry Hills, 30 Jan 1965, 12 (illus.).

Wallace Thornton., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Helena Rubinstein Scholarship', Sydney, 17 Sep 1964, page unknown.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Assembled junk wins £1,300 travelling grant', Sydney, 18 Sep 1964, page unknown.

Exhibition history (2)

Selections from 'The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship' 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Sep 1964–11 Oct 1964

Australian Collection Focus: Colin Lanceley The Dry Salvages 1963-64 and Gemini 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jan 2001–25 Mar 2001