Beards provide inspiration for Clayton Tremlett's art

By Jackson Saunders
Updated November 6 2012 - 4:26pm, first published February 6 2010 - 10:50pm
Clayton Tremlett is pictured with his art. Picture: JULIE HOUGH

CHARLES Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Ned Kelly, St Nicholas and their beards acted as the inspiration behind the latest exhibition from Castlemaine artist Clayton Tremlett.Mr Tremlett said that his latest exhibition, called Father Figures, was developed when he realised a significant number of his heroes and male role models were bearded.“While I was researching images of the gold era of Castlemaine, I was struck by the high proportion of men with beards,” Mr Tremlett said.“This led me to researching the history and mythology of beards and I came to realise beards themselves symbolise manhood and wisdom.”Father Figures is a collectible series of playing or trading cards using the linocut process and displays Mr Tremlett’s most significant men of influence.This isn’t the first time the Castlemaine printmaker and painter has had his work put on display, with his work being exhibited in galleries right across Australia.Mr Tremlett has also had his work exhibited in England, Scotland and Austria.Father Figures runs until February 28 at the La Trobe University Arts Centre at 121 View Street, Bendigo.

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