RIP Reason , David Larwill
  • Artist
    David Larwill
  • Born
    1956
  • Title
    RIP Reason
  • Date of Production
    1999
  • Medium
    oil on linen
  • Dimensions
    184 x 368 cm (2 panels 184 x 184 cm)
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest Fund, 1999. © David Larwill

David Larwill

RIP Reason

Born in Ballarat, David Larwill attended Prahran College of Advanced Education (1976) and  Preston Institute of Technology (1980) briefly before travelling overseas to Europe and America where he was influenced by the European CoBra movement with its interest in prehistoric and primitive art.

In 1982 in a reaction against the contemporary art establishment, David Larwill, along with artists Mark Schaller, Sarah Faulkner and Mark Howson, established Roar Studios. As leader of the group Larwill quickly achieved independent success and his use of tribal figuration together with skeletal images and surface writing was further influenced by the work of Jean Michel Basquiat after he visited New York in 1992-3.

A visit to Central Australia in 1990 developed Larwill's interest in Australian Aboriginal art and he later visited remote settlements in Arnhem Land with Michael Leunig. In 1998 Larwill, with Mark Schaller and Peter Walsh, participated in a campaign  to raise revenue for the traditional owners of Kakadu in their fight against mining in the park. RIP Reason is Larwill's comment on his perception of the stalling of the reconciliation process between indigenous and white Australians in the late 1990's.