View: Artists still drawn to Ned Kelly legend

By Leanne Fitzgibbon, Senior Curator
May 1 2015 - 4:00pm
Clayton Tremlett, Self-portrait as Ned Kelly aged fifty (There’s a Ned in every crowd), 2015 . Linocut on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

THE current exhibition Imagining Ned at Bendigo Art Gallery brings together an array of significant original artefacts including Ned Kelly’s iconic armour, his death mask, the Jerilderie Letter and vintage photographs, but for many visitors what has been most striking is the number of contemporary artists who have been drawn again and again to this intriguing story in Australia’s history. These artists have re-interpreted the Kelly tale, and added to the existing mythology through their artwork. 

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