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Colin Lanceley

New Zealand, Australia

06 Jan 1938 - 30 Jan 2015


'…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.


Place where the work was made

Paddington Sydney New South Wales Australia



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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Colin Lanceley

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


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, Sydney, 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, Sydney, 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.