Mike Parr was born in Sydney and grew up in Queensland. He discontinued studies in Law in 1968 to study painting at the National Art School, Sydney. In 1970 with Peter Kennedy he established Inhibodress, an artists' cooperative devoted to conceptual art, performance and video. He taught at the Sydney College of the Arts and the City Art Institute in the 1980s and his work has been exhibited widely in Australia and overseas. His first etchings were made in November 1987, as part of a Australian National Gallery/ Australian Bicentennial Authority commission, and by March 1990 had made over 260 prints, in collaboration with John Loane, firstly at the Victorian Print Workshop and continuing to today at Loane's Viridian Press, Melbourne.
'12 Untitled self portraits (set 1)' is a series of 12 intaglio prints, made in an edition of eight, 3 artist's proofs and one printer's proof.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
2/8 [ed. of 8 + 3 artist's proof + 1 printer's proof]
12 drypoints: each 107.4 x 79.0 cm image/sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet [nos.a-l], pencil "Mike Parr 1989".
Not on display
© Mike Parr
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Mike Parr, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 27 Jun 1989–15 Jul 1989
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Referenced in 4 publications
David Bromfield, Identities: A critical study of the work of Mike Parr 1970-1990, 4: 'The Divided Self: Installation Drawings and Prints', p221-297, Nedlands, 1991, 264-265 [illus.].
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. cat.no. 39
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 156. cat.no. 133
Prints by Mike Parr, Unknown, 1990. cat.no. 12