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A Heartfelt Exhibition

May 5, 2011 – 10:07 pmNo Comment

"Kicking aound the Claypan" - a work by Lin Onus. Copyright the Lin Onus Estate.

By Siobhan O’Neill

An exhibition featuring the collaboration of the work the late Lin Onus, the famous Aboriginal artist, and Israeli artist Shaike Snir, opened this evening at Alt Neu I am Art gallery in Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.

The exhibition features incredible works that reflect the combined feelings of Lin Onus and Shaike ‘I am Art’ Snir, from issues relating to injustice, death and atrocities to magnificent pieces of great beauty and perfect simplicity.

Tragically, Lin Onus died in 1996 of a heart attack at the age of just 47.

“I was so shocked at his death. I really couldn’t believe it when I was told what had happened. Lin was such a wonderful human being, open and professional. We worked together since 1988 and produced so many incredible pieces. Some I would like to see in the National Gallery of Victoria,” said Shaike Snir.

“Lin would have loved to be involved in this exhibition. It’s funny, because we loved these works and enjoyed creating them so much, but it took some years to see the depth of some of these pieces,” Shaike said.

A well-known and respected master printer, Shaike says 25 percent of all proceeds will go to the Heart Foundation. The Caulfield resident says he feels strongly about making a difference to try to help reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease, Australia’s biggest killer.

He says the incredible generosity of his friend and colleague Lin Onus also drives him.

“Lin was such a generous human being. As an artist it was about a rise to perfection. He always wanted to help people, especially indigenous students. He loved life, was so knowledgeable and wanted to give back.  I’m quite sad every time I think about him and the pieces, and his untimely death,” Shaike said.

Shaike and his wife Irit, who own the Alt Neu I am Art gallery, were also pleased to have the chance to support the work of the Heart Foundation by opening the exhibition during national Heart Week.

The exhibition will run until Thursday 26 May 2011 at Alt Neu I am Art, 297a Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.  For details telephone 0417 383 994

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