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Colin Lanceley, 1980s

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.5 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 42.2 cm x 40.5 cm)

Colin Lanceley (b. 1938), painter, printmaker and sculptor, arrived in Australia from New Zealand as a baby. In the 1950s he undertook a diploma in painting at the National Art School under John Passmore. In 1961, while still a student at the East Sydney Technical College, he became a founding member of the trio known as the Annandale Imitation Realists, who exhibited their zany collaborative assemblages of paint and junk at the Rudy Komon Gallery and Melbourne's Museum of Modern Art and Design. Although the group dissolved when Lanceley left for Europe in 1965 on the Helena Rubenstein scholarship, the iconography of the constructed world continued to evolve through his whimsical Miro-like prints, as well as in his paintings embellished with three-dimensional tubular shapes. Through the sixties and seventies Lanceley established a reputation in London; he taught at the Chelsea School of Art and his works were acquired by the Tate and the V&A. He exhibited regularly in Australia and returned to Sydney to live in the 1980s. He is the subject of several monographs and an ABC documentary.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.73

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 69 in 1980)

Colin Lanceley (age 42 in 1980)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Rex Dupain (15 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.