Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1955
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1952
commenced 1976 – 1987
print workshop (organisation)
The last frontier.
Collection Title: For every thinking person
Place made: Bill Young Studio, Middle Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching and aquatint, printed in black ink with plate-tone, from one plate Support: thick wove Arches BFK Rives Velin Cuve 300 gsm paper
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 20; plus 2 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof
An astute observer of an urban, media-mad people, Nicholas Nedelkopoulos pulls the rug from under the Australian myth of sun, surf and a fair go for all.
A frieze of copulating bodies reveals the suburbs to be a hive of polymorphous perversity. In the bookshelves Germaine Greer, A.B. Facey, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Patrick White and Helen Garner sit alongside AC/DC, Slim Dusty, Cold Chisel and Col Joye.
Dominating the image is a banner pronouncing 200 YEARS OF GENOCIDE, draped across a house where a confrontation takes place between Aboriginal people and white police. Created on the eve of Australia's Bicentenary, The last frontier is a fierce satire on social and political unrest.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra