Friday, 11 May 2012

Lin Onus: A pioneer of Urban Indigenous Art

Lin Onus, Fruit Bats, 1991

Lin Onus (1948-1996), an artist of Yorta Yorta descent, is considered today to be one of the leaders of the urban Aboriginal art movement. Onus’s politically-charged art integrated Aboriginal artmaking techniques with Australian iconography which was particularly influential in challenging and transforming the ways Indigenous art was interpreted; his art demonstrated that Indigenous identity comprises of a enduring yet dynamic and ever-changing culture. By introducing postmodernist strategies into Indigenous art, Onus began an ongoing tradition in Aboriginal art that to effect interrogated Aboriginal identity, history and politics in Australian society. The resulting works have today become iconic hallmarks of Indigenous Australian art.

Lin Onus, Dingoes, 1989

Lin Onus, Jimmy's Billabong, 1988

Lin Onus, Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute, 1992

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