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Urban Dingo - The Art and Life of Lin Onus 1948-1996
Craftsman House, Brisbane 2000 - The dust jacket has a 1" ( 2.5 cm ) tear on the top edge of the front panel. Very slight bump to the top right hand corner of the front hardcover panel.from Aboriginal-Art dot de This is the first publication to explore the art and life of this remarkable contemporary Australian artist whose career has spanned the last three decades of the struggle for Indigenous rights in Australia. Lin Onus was a powerfully positive man, who was ahead of his time and who showed us through his art what it means to be Australian today.Lin Onus drew on his Aboriginal and Scottish ancestry to reconcile cultural difference both in terms of his own personal identity and in the broader cross-cultural and political landscape. This he did by engaging in an often deceptively light-hearted dialogue punctuated with wit and humour, creating a truly unique visual language that unsettles many of the conventional categories of western art discourse.As an artist and activist, Onus addressed the political and social concerns of his people and inserted Indigenous perspectives into the telling of Australian history. Described by curator Margie Neale as 'a cultural terrorist of gentle irreverence', his engaging use of irony draws the viewer into a unique world of fact, fantasy and fiction, relying on inclusion rather than alienation for impact.Lin Onus forged a distinctive style, which combined imagery from traditional and contemporary Aboriginal sources and from western art. This richly illustrated monograph is published to coincide with a retrospective exhibition which brings together, for the first time, a significant body of his work, comprising fifty-eight paintings, prints and sculptures drawn from thirty-one private, public and corporate collections. It also includes previously unpublished photographs from the Onus family albums that reveal the interdependence of a Koori artist's personal, political and artistic lives.Table of ContentsMatt Foley: Foreword -8-Doug Hall: Preface -9-Margo Neale: Urban dingo -11-Sylvia Kleinert: Rear-vision mirror: A Koori context -25-Gary Foley with assistance from Bruce McGuinness: Lin Onus: A personal/political memory -33-Ian McLean: One mob, one voice, one land: Lin Onus and Indigenous postmodernism -41-Bernhard Lüthi: Translating cultures: Lin Onus, a man of many ways -49-Michael Eather: 'Under the influence': The collaborative world of Lin Onus -55-The Plates -61-Jo Onus and Tiriki Onus: Chronology -113-Exhibition history and arts-related activitites -130-Selected bibliography -134-Catalogue of works -136-Glossary and abbreviations -139-Notes on the authors -140-Acknowledgments -141-Index -142- and from Whitehat dot com dot auLin OnusArtist1948-1996Lin Onus was an artist with deeply held socio-political views. More unusually among such artists, he also possessed humour and a technical expertise in his art. These later elements have sometimes made him unfashionable among those lacking those qualities.Lin Onus was the son of an Aboriginal father and a Scottish mother and grew up in Melbourne.By the time Lin Onus came to painting in his twenties, he had already worked in a large range of jobs which had given him a number of technical skills. These skills are often evident in his sculptures. He became proficient in a western realist style of painting that was far removed from traditional aboriginal art. However, as he studied traditional art he was able to meld the two styles in a way that is uniquely his own, and which helped establish an urban aboriginal art movement. Particularly important in his development was his visits to Garmedi (Arnhem Land) starting in 1986. Jack Wunuwun, the Yolngu artist, introduced him into the Murrungun-Djinang clan and gave him permission to use some of traditional images in his paintings. Lin's father had been of the Yorta Yorta people from the Barmah Forest country, and Lin also used images from this area in his paintings.Some of Onus' early works directly convey the anger he felt at social [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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