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For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - make life impossible Theme: Encounters

Artist: Chips MACKINOLTY
Birth/Death: 1954

Title: For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - make life impossible

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

During the 1970s posters became an art form when artists capitalised on the cheap screenprint process as a political tool. The Earthworks Poster Collective, established in 1971, was the most active and well known of these groups. Sharp, flat colours and increasingly professional techniques were used to great advantage to produce posters of iconic power such as For the man who said life wasn't meant to be easy - make life impossible 1976, a multi-imaged send-up of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. Pasted up at night around Sydney, posters like this helped to politicise a generation.

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