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