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‘Colin Lanceley: Earthly Delights’ Exhibition Catalogue

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Earthly delights surveys the significant creative achievements of Colin Lanceley (1938-2015) over five decades from the 1960s to 2012. This exhibition traces the evolution of his work from the early, raw collages made as a member of the Imitation Realists, an artist collaborative group formed at NAS, to his assembled sculptures of the mid-1960s and his subsequent incorporation of hand-carved assemblage into his painted surfaces over ensuing decades.

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Earthly delights surveys the significant creative achievements of Colin Lanceley (1938-2015) over five decades from the 1960s to 2012. This exhibition traces the evolution of his work from the early, raw collages made as a member of the Imitation Realists, an artist collaborative group formed at NAS, to his assembled sculptures of the mid-1960s and his subsequent incorporation of hand-carved assemblage into his painted surfaces over ensuing decades.

Colin Lanceley’s art evolved from his curiosity and the pleasure he gained from art, poetry, classical music, literature, nature and the world around him. He worked endlessly to give expression to his rich store of memories and sensory encounters, creating ingenious interplays of colour, texture and sculptural form as a way of visualising the boundlessness and vitality of experience. In his own words, Lanceley wanted to ”make art that addressed the street, which more satisfactorily addressed our experience of being alive”.

Colin Lanceley is one of the National Art School’s most important alumni. After studying at NAS in the 1950s, he was based in Europe from 1965-1981. On his return to Australia he taught at NAS for three decades. In the 1990s he assumed a leadership role at NAS that helped write a new chapter for the School as an independent tertiary institution offering degrees in visual art. A huge part of his vision was his insistence that the teaching staff at NAS maintain their own active art practices, which continues to this day. In dedicating himself to underwriting the School’s future, Colin Lanceley ensured that NAS would continue to provide generations of students with an inspiring, rigorous, studio-based art education.

Earthly delights has been curated by Sioux Garside in collaboration with the Lanceley estate and with Vivienne Webb, Coordinating Curator. The catalogue to accompany the exhibition includes a foreword by NAS Director and CEO Steven Alderton, Minister’s foreword by The Hon Benjamin Franklin MLC, Introduction by Kay Lanceley and texts by Sioux Garside, Philip Cox AO and Julian Beaumont OAM.

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TitleColin Lanceley: Earthly Delights 
Author: National Art School
Publisher: National Art School
ISBN: 978-0-6451306-2-1
Publication Date: June 2022
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 25 x 27.2 x 2 cm
Shipping Weight: 1kg

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 27.2 × 2 cm
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