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Tony Coleing Untitled

The Artist

According to the Utopia Art Gallery,  Tony Coleing has made paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints over a career spanning almost five decades. His work has always been infused with humour and a satirical, cutting edge.

Coleing represented Australia at the 1980 Venice Biennale and in 1992 his collaborative prints were exhibited in Tony Coleing & Friends at the National Gallery of Australia. As a young artist he was included in the landmark 1968 exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria. (recreated in 2018). In 2004, Coleing was awarded the Alice Prize. Coleing's work is included in many significant collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the British Museum.

Untitled by Tony Coleing

The Work of Art

A lithograph print that was created in 1987 for inclusion in the  portfolio, The Land,  to mark the bicentennial anniversary of European settlement, it is one of the more confronting images.  It  depicts a woman  who is bound and is being clawed  and attacked. The vagina is in the shape of Australia and industry and the military are poised below to violate her. It  is a statement on what European settlement has brought.