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Lin Onus: The Land Within 


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Barmah Forest, 1994 synthetic polymer paint on linen 1770 x 2440 mm Courtesy The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy_ Lin Onus Estate_Copyright Agency

Lin Onus: The Land Within 

20 Nov 2021 - 13 Mar 2022

The first significant showing of works by Lin Onus, the acclaimed Yorta Yorta artist, on Country, Lin Onus: The Land Within  provides an unparalleled opportunity to root his achievements and legacy in his home Country with his People, the Yorta Yorta, and the broader regional community surrounding Shepparton. 

This exhibition weaves together a story of Onus’ experiences and relationships to place, people, and the politics of his time. Bringing together key artworks from across Australia, it celebrates his bold and often irreverent exploration of the reverberating impact of colonisation, the struggle for Indigenous rights, and the strength of Aboriginal people.  

Onus had a profound influence on the rise and development of Aboriginal art in South-East Australia. Lin Onus: The Land Within is a timely reappraisal of his eclectic practice for a new generation. It features artworks spanning his career, from his early forays into Western-style landscape paintings in the 1970s, through to his masterly convergence of traditional Aboriginal iconography and photorealism in the 1990s. The exhibition showcases the expansive range of media he utilised, including painting, prints and his beloved sculpture.  

Lin Onus (Yorta Yorta)
Barmah Forest, 1995
synthetic polymer paint on linen
177 x 244 cm
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the
Environment Collection
© and courtesy the Lin Onus Estate

Gallery Details

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)
530 Wyndham Street
Shepparton VIC 3630

T: +61 (0)3 5832 9861
E: info@sheppatonartmuseum.com.au

W: sheppartonartmuseum.com.au

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The SAM Shop, Kaiela Arts and the Greater Shepparton Visitor Information Centre are now open to the public, with the official Grand Opening of SAM to take place on 20 November 2021. 

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.