Morwell, Victoria, Australia born 1954


commenced 1971 – 1980


For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - make life impossible 1976 Place made: The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, University of Sydney, 162 City Road Darlington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, posters, ink; paper screenprint, printed in colour inks, from multiple stencils Support: paper
Edition State: published state [red colourway]
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run of 500; in 2 print runs, and 2 colourways

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed with 1977 Mitch Johnson acquisition number verso lower right in black pencil, '?'., 1 of 2
Dimensions: sheet 76.0 h x 54.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: PIAP | 000055 | impression
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.509.251
Subject: Australia, Political figures Political figures, Australian
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Mark Arbuz, Sydney, 1977.
  • During the 1970s posters became an art form when artists capitalised on the cheap screenprint process as a political tool. The Earthworks Poster Collective, established in 1971, was the most active and well known of these groups. Sharp, flat colours and increasingly professional techniques were used to great advantage to produce posters of iconic power such as For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - make life impossible 1976, a multi-imaged send-up of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. Pasted up at night around Sydney, posters like this helped to politicise a generation.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra