Les Kossatz: Bound Trophy
From the artist's own website, the late Les Kossatz was a well known Melbourne-based artist and academic whose work is represented in many regional and state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia. He studied art at the Melbourne Teachers’ College and the RMIT, and went on to teach at the RMIT and Monash University. Kossatz’s first significant commission was for the stained glass windows at the Monash University Chapel in Melbourne. Later commissions included works for the Australian War Memorial, the High Court, the Ian Potter Foundation at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Darling Harbour Authority, Sydney. His sculpture, 'Ainslie’s Sheep', commissioned by Arts ACT in 2000, is a popular national capital landmark in the centre of Civic. A major retrospective of Kossatz’s work was held in 2009 at the Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne.
The Work of Art
Bound Trophy is a lithograph print that was included as part of the Australian bicentennial anniversary portfolio , titled 'the land'. The image depicts a decorated ram's head on a plaque which is bound by ribbons on the right side of the head. This is one of a series of works that Kossatz has focussed on using sheep. It was included into the portfolio with Australia's obvious links with the wool-trade. Viewers will not be surprised to find other wool trade related images created by Kossatz that are familiar. The ram knitting in an arm-chair in the Civic precinct of Canberra is perhaps the most familar. Some of Kossatz' creations are somewhat humourous too.