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Rosaleen Norton

Rosaleen Norton 2020

By Peter Kingston

Sydney artist Peter Kingston was a Pop artist in the 1970s and has been exhibiting his work in Sydney and New York since 1978. His latest artist book, Sheilas — a companion to his 2018 collection Gents — contains portraits of prominent women whom Kingston sees as strong and inspirational. The 31 portraits are linocut prints in Sakura inks on Iwaki Mulberry paper. Kingston constructed a custom-made wooden box to house his works and each portrait is accompanied by an anecdote or quotation related to its subject.Kingston’s work is held by major Australian galleries, libraries and museums, and in Belgium, Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Peter Kingston on Rosaleen Norton:

I saw Rosaleen Norton only once deep in conversation downstairs in a Darlinghurst coffee shop. The surrounding walls were covered in her paintings of coverns and signs of the occult. The only other brush that I had was when I had a girlfriend who lived with her bohemian communist parents at Heathcote. One day a little old lady came up their garden path, when she got closer my friend saw that she was wearing a big broach with the devil on it. It was Rosaleen.

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Collection Item Type:
Portrait
Call Number:
PXD 1534
Published date:
2020