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Bookplate - Geoffrey Ricardo's Ex Libris Bookplate, 2015

From the Collection of Federation University Australia Art Collection Artworks are displayed at Federation University Australia campuses at Ballarat, Gippsland (Churchill), Stawell and Horsham. Victoria

An exlibris bookplate featuring a kangaroo holding books in her pouch. This etching won the 5th Biennial Australian Bookplate Award in 2015.

Bookplates are commonly designed by artists for book lovers to identify their ownership, and usually use personal iconography to represent the bookworm's life and interests. Ricardo's aquatint etching is different in that he made it for himself. Art critic and Australian National University professor Sasha Grishin​ was one of the judges of the $7500 prize. "Geoffrey Ricardo's bookplate marries the tradition of exquisite intaglio Ex Libris prints with a comic Australian subject matter that is distinctive, original and very memorable," Grishin says. (
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Historical information
Born Melbourne, Australia

1984-86 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Printmaking, Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1987-89 Printing Assistant at Bill Young Studios, Editioning intaglio prints, King Valley, VIC
1988 Full-time Studio Technician at Printmaking Department, Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1989-90 Graduate Diploma (Fine Art), Printmaking, Monash University, Melbourne
1991 Traveled to England, France, Spain and USA (Winsor & Newton International Travelling Bursary, National Students Art Prize)
Worked in private studios in Gaucin, Spain and New York, USA
1994-95 Master of Fine Arts, Monash University, Melbourne
1995 Guest Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
Traveled to Europe and America
1996 Guest Lecturer, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1990-98 Sessional Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne
1998 Traveled to America and Mexico
2001-05 Sessional Lecturer, The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2003-10 Printmaking Workshops, Warrnambool TAFE, Warrnambool, VIC
2004 Traveled to Europe, Mexico and Cuba
2005 Lecturer, National Art School (Summer School), Sydney
Sessional Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne
Lecturer, Institution of Koorie Education, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC

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Ricardo, Geoffrey (Maker)
Last updated
10 Oct 2019 at 11:39AM