Vincas Jomantas: book launch

Join the authors for the book launch of Vincas Jomantas, written by Ken Scarlett OAM and Robert Lindsay (Beagle Press 2018).

A major work by Vincas Jomantas features in the RMIT Gallery exhibition Chaos & Order: 120 years of collecting at RMIT (13 April – 9 June)

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Ken Scarlett OAM

Writer Ken Scarlett’s publication Australian Sculptors (1980) was the first the present a complete survey of sculpture in Australia. His subsequent publications include Sculpture in Public Gardens (1983), Limited Recall: A Fictional Autobiography (2005), Elgee Park: Sculpture in the Landscape (2010) and monographs on the sculptors John Davis (1989) and Andrew Rogers (2010).


Robert Lindsay

Robert worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria as Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, before joining the McClelland Gallery. As a Director there, he initiated the McClelland Sculpture Survey and the associated McClelland Award, the most pretigious sculpture award in Australia.

He founded this own gallery, the Robert Lindsay Gallery, in Melbourne, and has worked as a consultant to numerous corporate collections such as KPMG and Shell Australia.


Vincas Jomantas

Vincas Jomantas (1922-2001) was born in Kaunas, Lithuania. After World War II he emigrated to Australia (1948) where he eventually settled in Victoria, working as a house painter, toy factory worker, furniture factory worker, and a draughtsman with the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria. Along with Julius Kane, Inge King, Lenton Parr, Norma Redpath, Teisutis Zikaras, Vincas was a foundation member of prestigious ‘Centre Five’ group of artists (1960) established in Melbourne to promote contemporary abstract sculpture. In 1961, Vincas was appointed as a temporary instructor in art at RMIT. In 1973, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at RMIT, a position he held until his retirement in 1987.


Image: Vincas Jomanras, The King II, 2014.

© Laima Jomantas, courtesy of Mark Ashkanasy.


Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave wearing a blue wig)

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