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Colin Lanceley

Monday, 10th October, 2011

LANCELEY: Dust in the Sunlight, Memory in Corners, 1983. LANCELEY: Dust in the Sunlight, Memory in Corners, 1983.

Colin Lanceley was born in New Zealand in 1938 and moved to Australia with his family when he was still a baby. 

He studied at East Sydney Technical College, graduating in 1960. Together with Michael Brown and Ross Crothall he formed the Annandale Imitation Realist Group and Lanceley made a name for himself by making art works using junk he found on the streets.

In 1964 he went to London after being awarded the Helena Rubinstein Travelling Scholarship, being part of the wave of Australian writers and artists which included Germaine Greer, Brett Whiteley and Robert Hughes who went to the UK. 

He remained in London for the next 16 years and it was during this time that his distinctive style emerged, combining carved wood elements collaged onto brightly coloured canvases. 

Lanceley’s work has been criticised for being decorative, however he has stated that he believes that this is because he is bucking the current trend and that contemporary art has lost its colour, humour and beauty.

Returning to live in Sydney in 1981, Lanceley received the Order of Australia in 1990. 

He has works in many regional art galleries as well as the Guggenheim in New York, and the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

“Dust in Sunlight, Memory in Corners” was purchased by the gallery in 1985 with the assistance of the artist, Macquarie Galleries, the Visual Arts Board and the NSW Minister for the Arts.

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