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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1955


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1952

printer, intaglio


commenced 1976 – 1987

print workshop (organisation)

The last frontier. 1987
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
Impression: 5/20
Edition: edition of 20; plus 2 artist's proofs, 1 printer's proof

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Nicholas (two dots above half circle) + Nedelkopoulos 1987'. Titled lower centre below plate-mark in black pencil, ' 'The Last Frontier'. Inscribed lower left below plate-mark in black pencil, '5/20'.
Secondary Insc: Printer's blindstamp lower right below image
Dimensions: plate-mark 50.6 h x 100.8 w cm sheet 80.8 h x 121.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.1950
Image rights: © Nicholas Nedelkopoulos
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne, 1989.

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