Lin Onus

*Lin Onus was the son of an Aboriginal father and a Scottish mother.

*He grew up in Melbourne


*Lin Onus had worked in quite a few jobs until he came to painting in his late 20's.

*Lin Onus had a western realist style of painting that was very different from traditional aboriginal art.

*He used elements of both styles of painting.

*He used to visit Garmedi (Arnhem Land) so that he sould use some traditional images in his paintings.

*His dad was from the Yorta Yorta people from the Barmah Forest country and Lin used some of these images in his paintings.

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*Lin Onus trained to be a mechanic as well. He used the techniques of spray painting and fibreglass moulding in his artwork.

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In the late 1980's the concept of reconciliation landed in the lap of Australia's political and legal arena. The vision of a united Australia, for the right of all people to pursue their lifestyles and culture in accordance to their own traditions was a vision shared by many Australians; but was the central motivating force behind the work of Lin Onus. (Taken from theblurb website)


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Painting by Lin Onus: Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a moment.
In the painting The Dingo is Lin Onus's symbol rides the back of the Stingray
Lin ONUS - MANDIGININGI
Lin ONUS - MANDIGININGI


Mandiginingi - 1995
(taken from Abstract Australia website)

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Jimmy's Billabong

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Fruit Bats 1991 (taken from dictionary of sydney website)

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Matong (taken from www.savill.com.au website)

Information is from www.whitehat.com.au website
Another good website with information about Lin Onus is www.theblurb.com.au/Issue27/LinOnus