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Gary Catalano 2, 1980, 1980 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney

inkjet print (sheet: 24.0 cm x 35.2 cm, image: 20.0 cm x 30.5 cm)

Gary Catalano (1947-2002), poet and critic, was educated at Sydney’s Trinity Grammar and worked in a variety of jobs before a series of Australia Council grants in the late 1970s enabled him to devote himself full-time to writing. He had started to write poetry in his late teens, and was in his twenties when his first book reviews began to appear in The Bulletin. In 1973 he became Art Critic for Art and Australia magazine, and later wrote art criticism for the Melbourne Age. His first book of poetry, Remembering the Rural Life, appeared in 1978. As an art and poetry critic he had articles published in France, Britain, Canada and the US. His critical works include The Years of Hope: Australian Art and Criticism 1959-1968 (1980) and a biography of Rick Amor entitled The Solitary Watcher: Rick Amor and his Art (2001). In the last decade of his life Catalano turned away from regular critical work to focus on writing poetry, of which he published four volumes between 1991 and 1998, including The Empire of Grass, joint winner of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 1992. His last volume of poetry was Jigsaw: Poems and Prose Poems (1998).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Accession number: 2012.108

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Robert Rooney (age 43 in 1980)

Gary Catalano (age 33 in 1980)

Subject professions

Writing

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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.