Consider the spirit of Australia through ardent imaginings from hand and heart.
The land is an ongoing source of inspiration for David Lancashire, who sees Australia as powerful and mythical. Taking the iconic kangaroo as his leitmotif, he links spirit and country, people and place, and tradition and modernity. These clever Roos hop from symbol to story to allegory.
Transforming the familiar into surprising abstractions, Lancashire’s collages piece together maps, type, textures, drawings, and imagery of flora and fauna, among other ephemera. His techniques have a sophisticated primitivism and seemingly effortless natural quality that produce a striking immediacy. Vibrant and playful, these kangaroos are imbued with personality and meaning, both implicit and explicit, their various elements allowing for multiple discoveries and interpretations. In essence, Lancashire’s Roos make head and tail of Australia.
David Lancashire is a distinguished graphic designer and artist with a career of more than 40 years. He has a long-standing interest in Australian culture and has collaborated with notable Aboriginal people, such as the late Gaagudju Elder and poet Bill Neidjie, as well as Indigenous nations, including those from Kakadu, the Pilbara and Thursday Island.
This book is a detailed visual study of Lancashire’s working materials and process, and features reproductions of every Roo piece to date. Accompanying the images is an incisive essay by Andrew Ashton, a leading Australian designer and visual commentator.