‘Remembering Aubrey Collette: Personal Histories, Public Art Making’
Gallery Talk Cresside Collette
28 February 2020–6.30pm
Aubrey Collette’s oldest daughter and artist, Cresside Collette discusses her father’s work. Collette is one of the most notable artists in Sri Lanka to explore the form of the caricature, which he used to comment on contemporary politics and society of the time. Aubrey Collette (1921-1992) was one of the founding members of the ‘43 Group, recognised as Sri Lanka’s first modernist art group. Prior to establishing the ‘43 Group, Collette studied painting under the artist David Paynter (1900-1975) in the early 40s. In 1960, Collette left Sri Lanka due to the political content of his work.
Cresside Collette studied graphic design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She completed postgraduate studies in the Tapestry Department, Edinburgh College of Art in 1980 and completed an MFA, Monash University in 2003. She was born in Sri Lanka, and currently lives and works in Melbourne.