Who is Gillian Mann?

By Gwylym Owen

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Gillian Mann (11 May 1939 – 29 December 2007), English/Australian artiste who won the Blake Prize for Religious Art subsequently the woodcut print on paper titled The Chest in 1990. She was born in Derby, England and moved to Canberra, Australia in 1971 and retired to the little town of Binalong, New South Wales in the 1990s.

She was a printmaking lecturer at the Canberra School of Art. She specialised in printmaking techniques and distorted to digital art in the late 1990s. Other bodies of statute included glass sculptures.

She died in 2007 from pancreatic cancer and is survived by her isolated son, Julian Mann.

The art of Gillian Mann is primarily concerned bearing in mind the substitute visual languages used throughout Western history. Her use of iconography and mediums is informed by an vigilance of the meanings they Keep within art history and the ‘collective memory’ of the West. Her practice has been imbued in imitation of a social conscience, moulded by a childhood in post-war England, and the social activism of the 1960s. Feminism in the 1970s informed her deconstruction of gender and skill in the West and has shaped her practice ever since. Immigrating to Australia in 1971 gave her a perspective upon the culture she knew, allowing her to perceive additional possibilities.

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