Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1955
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1952
commenced 1976 – 1987
print workshop (organisation)
"That great Australian dream".
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: wove Velin Cuve Arches BFK Rives paper
Edition State: published state
Edition: edition of 20; plus 2 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof
After the Second World War, Australia was promoted as a dream location for migrants. Yet Nicholas Nedelkopoulos, the son of Greek migrants, discerns another life behind the suburban dream – a world of claustrophobic anxiety and everyday anarchy.
The billboard reads as a warning in multiple languages. The scene is one of a grand multicultural barbecue, set against Melbourne’s bridges and buildings which shimmer on the horizon. People dressed in national costume are gathered in a backyard, complete with Hills Hoist clothesline. The mood, however, is one of isolation, dislocation and containment. The figures are bound by suburbia, by their vegetable patches, garden sheds, fences and houses. Domesticity appears in the form of a pyramid, a backyard tomb, studded with worldly possessions: whitegoods, toilet, television. Nicholas Nedelkopoulos is challenging Australians to observe their habitat from without and within, through the fences and backyards that contain us and our neighbours.
Roger Butler and Beatrice Gralton
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002