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Title

Lineal legend

1965
printed 1990

Artist

Kevin Gilbert

Australia

1933 - 01 Apr 1993

Language group

Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Canberra

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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