COLIN LANCELEY

1938 – 2015

Born in Dunedin New Zealand, Colin Lanceley came to Australia just a year later. In 1954 he was apprenticed as a colour photo engraver in the printing industry and then went on to study at East Sydney Technical College graduating with an Art Diploma in 1960.

In 1961 Lanceley, Michael Brown and Ross Crothall, formed the Imitation Realist Group and exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne and the Rudy Komon Gallery in Sydney.

In 1966 the Rubinstein Travelling Scholarship took him to study and work in Italy and the UK and for the following sixteen years he lived and worked in London, exhibiting with the Marlborough Galleries in London, New York and in Europe, and also with the Waddington Galleries in London.

During this time Lanceley’s characteristic style evolved around his long-standing fascination with collage, which was the basis of his work, virtually from the outset of his career.

Lanceley returned to live in Sydney in 1981. His work is widely represented in all state galleries, most regional galleries as well as in many prestigious overseas collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York, the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam.

Art critic John McDonald once said of Colin Lanceley, “His aesthetic decisions are made with utmost gravity, his themes are tested and worried over for months. To make marks which sidestep those blind alleys of politics and theory, in which so many contemporary artists get lost is, in itself, a valuable goal – to make works that are so consistently exuberant that turn every painterly anxiety into a source of strength is an act of sublime determination”.

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
National Gallery of Victoria, Vic.
Queensland Art Gallery, Qld.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA
Parliament House Art Collection, ACT
Artbank, NSW
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
New England Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Rockhampton City Art Gallery, Qld.
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Vic.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT
Manly Art Gallery, NSW
Mildura Art Gallery, Vic.
Mosman Art Gallery, NSW
Ballarat Art Gallery, Vic.
The Victorian Arts Centre, Vic. Kedumba Collection, NSW
Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Guggenheim, New York
The Tate Gallery, London
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Stedelijk, Amsterdam