Victor Rubin
Australian, born 1950

For over four decades, painter Victor Rubin has been considered an “enfant terrible” of the Australian art community. Rubin, who also produces drawings and poetry and performs in a number of genres of music, has a style that has been described as messy. His process involves working in layers of oil and acrylic paint: he applies, removes, reworks, and re-paints on a single surface. Rubin received training from artists with a diverse range of styles, including Ken Unsworth, Bill Rose, Janet Dawson, and John Olsen; Olsen remained one of the biggest influences in Rubin’s aesthetic development (Rubin paid tribute to his instructor by painting a series of portraits of Olsen in his bathtub).

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