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Somerset, England born 1938

  • France 1961-63
  • Europe 1971, 1974-75
  • Australia from 1976


commenced 1989

print workshop (organisation)

Botanist's camp May - July 1997 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper lithograph, printed in colour inks, from multiple stones Support: thick off-white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: workshop proof 2/2
Edition: edition of 60; plus 2 workshop proofs

Primary Insc: signed lower right within image in black pencil, 'John Wolseley'. not dated. inscribed and titled lower centre within image in black pencil, 'APW 2/2 Botanist's Camp'.
Secondary Insc: Print workshop blindstamp lower right corner 'APW' [within rectangle]
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, 'APW 2982'
Dimensions: printed image 74.0 h x 93.5 w cm sheet 74.0 h x 93.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Australian Print Workshop Archive 2, purchased with the assistance of the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.431.2982
Image rights: © John Wolseley. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from the Australian Print Workshop (formerly the Victorian Print Workshop), Melbourne, 2006, where the work was produced.


This is a print by Australian artist John Wolseley (b.1938) depicting in detail studies of flora, fauna and the complexity of ecosystems. The print is shown as an enlargeable image. The work was exhibited in the 2013 exhibition ‘Creating worlds’, at the National Gallery of Australia. More information on this work of art and the exhibition can be found on the ‘Creating worlds’ website. It gives information about John Wolseley’s art practice. He is deeply concerned with the destruction of the environment. The print measures 74.0 cm high x 93.5 cm wide and is a planographic lithograph, printed in colour.

Educational value

  • This is a useful resource for the Responding strand in all year bands of the visual arts curriculum. It provides a valuable opportunity for students to use their developing conceptual understandings and skills in critical analysis to respond to an Australian artwork and identify the contribution of an Australian visual artist. The print may also be useful for the ‘Environmental Management’ unit of study in year 10 geography, particularly in relation to the content description that refers to the environmental world views of people and their implications for environmental management.
  • This resource is of considerable significance for the Sustainability cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies some of the main themes of the priority, its futures orientation and emphasis on the interdependence of environmental, social, cultural and economic systems. John Wolseley’s art practice documents the destruction of the environment and this work of art can be used to build capacities for thinking and acting in ways that are necessary to create a more sustainable future.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra