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Lino Love with Betty Jo Designs – Rosalie Gascoigne

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 2nd August 2011

Today Liz Jones is profiling one of Australia’s pioneers of reusing linoleum, Rosalie Gascoigne. Don’t forget that Liz is giving away a custom cuckoo clock to one lucky TDF reader, just leave a comment before 10pm on Thursday. And be sure to visit the Betty Jo Designs store to see Liz’s full range of lino clocks! – Jenny x

When you think of visual art and Linoleum, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely linocut prints. But although lino is a very useful material for carving and printing, it is also used as a decorative medium in itself by several Australian artists.

We can’t look at contemporary Australian artists without first exploring the brilliant work of the late Rosalie Gascoigne.

I was lucky enough to visit the Rosalie Gascoigne Retrospective at the Ian Potter Gallery in 2009 and she has become my number one inspiration.

“Municipal gardens”, 1983

Entering the Australian art scene in 1974 at the age of fifty-seven with a solo show at The Macquarie Galleries in Canberra, her quirky and creative use of discarded and salvaged domestic debris was unique and unparalleled at the time.

“Arial View” (currently part of the exhibition “Sculpture and Painted Relief” at Heide Museum of Modern Art)

Rosalie Gascoigne’s imaginative manipulation of salvaged pieces of Lino evokes nostalgic memories of kitchen past and a women’s place in the home (even though Ms. Gascoigne denied this was a reference in her work and disliked housework intently!).

I like to imagine Rosalie getting her hands dirty fossicking at the local dump for old lino and other discarded treasures, loading them into the back of her car and then working her magic in the studio!

“Step Through” 1980

Literally tearing the Lino into workable pieces, Gascoigne used the lino’s decorative designs as a work in themselves, or else created mosaic like collages that shimmer with colour.

“A Rose is a Rose” 1986

“Meadow sweet” 1991 via Roslyn Oxley

By combining vintage Lino with other discarded household items such as lemonade crates and advertising signage, Rosalie Gascoigne created iconic assemblages that have become snapshots of Australian culture.

Liz x

“Last of the Summer Wine” 1984

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 2nd August 2011

11 comments

  • Cathg1g2 3 years ago

    Love the last piece with the Cottees bottle, iconic.

  • Madeleine 3 years ago

    Love Rosalie’s work so much. That retrospective was something else altogether! Amazing…
    Also amazing is your lino work. So stunning! I’m really enjoying your posts so far. Thankyou!

  • janef 3 years ago

    wow- she is amazing, and Im so sad that I havent seen her work before- love the fact she entered the art world at a mature age- there is hope for us all LOL.
    Totally enjoying your guest post so far, and love your work;)
    j

  • Mandi 3 years ago

    The patterns are amazing – my home needs some lino love!
    M.

  • Jiah 3 years ago

    I have always loved her work. I so wish I’d seen that retrospective.

  • Laura 3 years ago

    Rosalie Gascoigne remains a superb inspiration to us all, and her works from the 1980s look so contemporary 30 years on – thanks for reminding us how great she is….

  • Siobhan Rogers 3 years ago

    I like it! its very much what draws me to patchwork and quilting – shape/ pattern/ colour and all the endless possibilities – Beautiful

  • Pippa 3 years ago

    Thanks, what lovely work, very inspired!

  • Vanessa Evans 3 years ago

    Love all the lino posts…I have some stashed in the shed/studio from our last small reno.Hubby and son are like….ewww…I’m like…but that could be art one day !!!

  • Margo Carlon 3 years ago

    Liz,
    Thankyou for this story.
    I have admired Rosalie,s work yet had not viewed her work with the use of linoleum.
    Wonderful, love it.
    I love the ‘Municipal Gardens’ and ‘Last of the Summer Wine”
    Thanks again,
    Margo Carlon

  • Ali 3 years ago

    i love “Meadow sweet” 1991 via Roslyn Oxley

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